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

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