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Banjo tablatures for Sourwood Mountain


Recomended level: Intermediate

Tags: #old time, #instrumental, #medium-tempo

American folk sings have been in existence for years; therefore, it is quite possible to see them having many lyrics. "Sourwood Mountain" is in this same category, and there is numerous lyrical version Extant with certain commonalities. It has a theme that laments over the narrator's true love and how he was separated from her. The title was extracted from the first line of the song lyrics. The song's style was written in a rhyming couplet that had interspersion of nonsense refrains. You can place the song among the classic among the traditional mountain song that is common to the southern Appalachians. Variants of the sing were collected by Cecil Sharp, Frank Brown, Bascomb Lunsford and other folklorists in the early 1900s. All of them were from across North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia, and even Missouri. It is commonly classed as dance music or with play-party sings. A school of thought proposed that these variations exist because of the singer's attempt to imitate the bao sound form the original version.

  • Banjo Sourwood Mountain Scruggs Style

    Scruggs Style

    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, gettin...

    Banjo Sourwood Mountain Scruggs Style
  • Banjo Sourwood Mountain Melodic Style

    Melodic Style

    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 ...

    Banjo Sourwood Mountain Melodic Style
  • Banjo Sourwood Mountain Single String Style

    Single String Style

    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 a...

    Banjo Sourwood Mountain Single String Style