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Temperance Reel banjo tabs

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  • Scruggs Style

    Difficulty

    Check out this fun arrangement of Temperance Reel in the style of Jim Mills. Jim does an amazing job of really bringing out this fiddle tune melody with Scruggs style banjo.

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

    Difficulty

    Backup in the style of Jim Mills. Check out how he uses a chromatic walk in both sections. That helps lead the listener's and the soloist's ear to the next chord. Also note how he begins the B section with pinches. This defines the chord change very well, and starting out with a different rhythm makes the change in the chord progression feel even more dramatic. Mr. Mills then follows up the pinches with rolls and Scruggs licks, the contrast seems to drive the rhythm of the Temperance Reel even harder!

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

    Difficulty

    This is a fairly straight forward melodic version of Temperance Reel. Use a partial bar on the 7th fret in the B section and roll your finger up slightly when you need to play the open 1st or 2nd string

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

    Difficulty

    The A section of this arrangement of Temperance Reel uses a lot of open strings like a mandolin or guitar player would. Using open strings can help add sustain, connectivity, and a sense of flow to single string playing. It also provides a good opportunity to make a position shift. The B section uses closed position playing. Be sure to make use of the first finger bar. When playing in a closed position you can create sustain, connectivity and flow by holding notes down, or by releasing your left hand after playing. This creates separation of notes. You can also blend these two techniques to create truly unique phrasing of the same melodic statement.

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