Sourwood Mountain banjo tabs & chords

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  • Scruggs Style

    Difficulty

    All hail the king of mash-Ron Stewart. Ron is an amazing player that can mimic the styles of the greats, and has one all of his own. Check out his use of slides in the B part, getting a melodic phrase with two slides while keeping the right hand rolling. Notice also the subtle melodic lick at the ends of phrases, which allows him to articulate with great clarity. Ron has come up with some impressive phrases that are sure to be a solid addition to anybody's Scruggs style vocabulary. You are going to love his take on this tune.

    • Key G
    • 125 bpm
    • Tuning gDGBD
    Play Scruggs Style
  • Melodic Style

    Difficulty

    This arrangement of Sourwood Mountain is based on the Carolina Chocolate Drops' Old-Time call and response version of this tune. The call is played in Scruggs style banjo, while the response is played using melodic style.

    • Key G
    • 120 bpm
    • Tuning gDGBD
    Play Melodic Style
  • Single String Style

    Difficulty

    Single String Call, Scruggs response. Who wins? depends on how you play it. Try to get the styles to mesh so you don't notice the difference. Keep the same tone and intensity. Then again, you could do the complete opposite and come up with great musical and tonal contrast. You've got options. Speaking of options, check out the lick switcher in this version of Sourwood Mountain!

    • Key G
    • 120 bpm
    • Tuning gDGBD
    Play Single String Style

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Banjo Sourwood Mountain tab

Learn 3 different versions of Sourwood Mountain, which are all shown on this page. We recommend that you get started with the Scruggs style version, where you’ll learn basic roll pattern and left hand articulations like slides, hammer-ons, and pull-offs. Next, move on to the Melodic arrangement to learn how to play the melody for Sourwood Mountain using scales and up the next positions. Lastly, you can check out the Backup arrangement, which shows you how to play behind others while they are soloing.

In every Tunefox tablature arrangement you'll find measures where you can switch out licks to see different options to use for your improvisation. This feature is called the Lick Switcher. How do you find the Lick Switcher? Look for text that says "Original Measure" over different measures in the Sourwood Mountain tab you are learning and click on that text. It'll open up the Lick Switcher where you can select a substitute measure for that spot in the song. You'll find that there are different styles of licks like Scruggs, Melodic, Bluesy, and more. Want to see a completely different version of this song? Click on "Shuffle Licks" on the bottom of tool panel to randomly shuffle the licks in the song.

Be sure to check out all of the great learning tools that Tunefox has to offer such as "Hide Notes", "Memory Train", and "Speed Up". These tools can be found in the "Tools" menu at the bottom right of your screen. Want to learn some of Sourwood Mountain by ear? Use "Hide Notes" to hide some or all of the notes in the tablature. Once you’re finished learning with the tab use the "Memory Train" tool to commit the song to memory. Then practice with "Speed Up" to improve your technique and speed in no time.

Each arrangement of Sourwood Mountain for banjo features real-sounding backing tracks. Use these backing tracks to polish up the solo you’re working on. You can mix the banjo, band, and metronome up or down so that you have several options for your practice.

Once you’ve settled on an arrangement of Sourwood Mountain using the Lick Switcher, export your arrangement to a PDF file so you can print it out and take it with you. This is a member-only feature.

Sourwood Mountain lyrics

Chickens a'crowin' on Sourwood Mountain
Hey Ho Diddle-aye-day
So many pretty girls I can't count 'em
Hey Ho Diddle-aye-day

My true love's a sun-burnt daisy
Hey Ho Diddle-aye-day
If I don't get her I'll go crazy
Hey Ho Diddle-aye-day

My true love's at the head of the holler
Hey Ho Diddle-aye-day
She won't come and I won't foller
Hey Ho Diddle-aye-day

Big dog'll bark and little one'll bite you
Hey Ho Diddle-aye-day
Big girl will court and the little one spite you
Hey Ho Diddle-aye-day

Chickens a'crowin' on Sourwood Mountain
Hey Ho Diddle-aye-day
So many pretty girls I can't count 'em
Hey Ho Diddle-aye-day