St. Anne's Reel banjo tabs & chords

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  • Scruggs Style

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    St. Anne, patron saint of lost causes...Perfect for banjo players! Just kidding:) This is a fun, somewhat impressionistic Scruggs adaptation of this tune. It doesn't capture the melody exactly(common in Scruggs playing) but once you start putting it all together the melody washes over you and the listener just the same. We're also using open strings and playing slightly up the neck out of open D in a way that Earl did not. However, the right hand, and the styling of the licks is very true to Scruggs. This one will open up your mind to some new possibilities playing out of open D. Enjoy :)

    • Key D
    • 110 bpm
    • Tuning aDGBD
    Play Scruggs Style
  • Melodic Style

    Difficulty

    A beautiful melody, chord progression, and a bit of a challenge. Take it slow and strive for a beautiful tone, especially when learning and playing slow. That's the perfect time to work on tone production and other nuanced facets of banjo playing. Ideally, you should be able to make this sound good at 30 or 130 beats per minute. Speed isn't everything!

    • Key D
    • 110 bpm
    • Tuning aDGBD
    Play Melodic Style
  • Single String Style

    Difficulty

    Single string allows us to capture fiddle tune melodies very accurately. Where melodic style will sometimes run into phrases that would need to be retooled to fit in the picking style, single string gives us the freedom to play like a flat-picker. Still, melodic style can allow you to play complex passages that would normally require a lot of shifting or fret-hand movement. We've combined a bit of both in this arrangement, and there are even more goodies in the lick switcher. Watch out for the lick in measure six. It's beautiful, but a bit of a fret hand challenge. However, like all challenges it is less difficult at slower speeds. If ever you get frustrated: SLOW THINGS DOWN. Make the learning process easy on yourself. And make a beautiful, joyful noise.

    • Key D
    • 120 bpm
    • Tuning aDGBD
    Play Single String Style