You can get a lot of mileage by playing single string out of the 7th fret bar chord shape in D. Check it out! Also, a little re-harmonization can go along way. All the chord changes are based off notes in the melody. Just as you can create melodic variations, you can also create chordal variations. This is something fun to do with a band, but not a great idea to throw in a crazy new chord progression at a jam...Learn
More about Spotted Pony
"Spotted Pony", also known as Snowshoes, is an old-time tune that first appeared in a list of traditional Ozark mountain songs. This list was compiled by musicologist/folklorist Vance Rudolph and was published in 1954. It was done in key A and owed credit to fiddler Andy Beaty who was a prominent fiddler in a regional contest in the mid-20th century. It is also sometimes credited with composing "spotted Pony." But one very prominent fiddle commentator said it's Texas fiddler Bob wills father, Uncle Wills were to be credited with the song. There are some connections of the song with other tunes like "Missouri Spotted Pony", and some others.
Here are 3 killer arrangements of Spotted Pony for you to share with friends at your next jam. The Scruggs style arrangement will get you started learning slides, hammer-ons, and pull-offs. Once you’re feeling confident with that try your luck with the Melodic style solo, which will teach you how to play the melody for Spotted Pony using up the neck scales. Finally, the Backup arrangement will show you how to play this song with others and sound like a pro doing it.
Each Tunefox arrangement teaches you how to create your own solos by using a feature called the Lick Switcher. The Lick Switcher features different style licks such as Scruggs, Melodic, or Bluesy and you can swap out measures in Spotted Pony to learn about improvisation and creating arrangements. To use the Lick Switcher, click on the text "Original Measure" above certain measures in the song. Then select the lick you'd like to insert into the song. You can also click on "Shuffle Licks" at the bottom of the page to see a fully new version of the tablature.
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 Spotted Pony 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 Tunefox banjo Spotted Pony tab contains real-sounding backing tracks. These backing tracks allow you to practice the arrangement you’re learning with with an entire band and you can change volume of the band, banjo and metronome to suit your liking.
Once you’ve settled on an arrangement of Spotted Pony 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.