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Temperance Reel banjo tabs

  • Tablatures

    Scruggs Style


    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.

  • Melodic Style


    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

  • Backup


    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!

  • Single String Style


    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.


More about Temperance Reel

This is another song that has sure stood the test of time. The "temperance reel" song has widespread popularity in Australia, North America, and some parts of Europe, which include; Ireland and Great Britain. Either referred to as "Temperance Reel" or "Teetotaler's Reel," this song dates back to the ancient time, the 19th century precisely. In North America, it is often called (or is known by) the name "Temperance reel." However, this North American Title of the song seems to have originated from Ireland and was only adopted by North Americans. As is expected of ancient tunes that have survived from their century into another, there have been a lot of remakes by various artists appreciating the tune in their own way. In print, Ford printed a version titled "Six Hand Reel." However, it was presumed to have been collected in Missouri, as were most of his other tunes, as were most of his tunes. There are other Missouri titles, which include; "Rocky Road to Denver" and "Where is My Other Foot?". The Quebec fiddler, Isidore Soucy's also had his own version of this song, which he titled "Gigue du père Lauzon," and it had an irregular version with its parts revised. In 1919, the earliest American recording of the tune was birthed by Joseph Samuels. Then, Brooklyn accordion player John "Dutch" Kimmel followed suit. However, he recorded it as a medley accompanied by two other songs, "Cuckoo's Nest" and "Mason's Apron."

Here are 4 killer arrangements of Temperance Reel 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 Temperance Reel 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.

In every Tunefox tablature arrangement you'll find measures where you can switch out licks to see different options to use for your improvisation. This feature is called the Lick Switcher. How do you find the Lick Switcher? Look for text that says "Original Measure" over different measures in the Temperance Reel tab you are learning and click on that text. It'll open up the Lick Switcher where you can select a substitute measure for that spot in the song. You'll find that there are different styles of licks like Scruggs, Melodic, Bluesy, and more. Want to see a completely different version of this song? Click on "Shuffle Licks" on the bottom of tool panel to randomly shuffle the licks in the song.

You'll also find some useful tools which will help you to learn how to play Temperance Reel on banjo. For example, you can use the "Hide Notes" feature, which will hide some notes for you so you can learn parts of the melody by ear. The "Memory train" tool will progressively hide notes each time you play through a section or the entirety of a song. Take your speed to the next level with the "Speed Up" feature. This tool will automatically increase playback speed each time you loop the song.

Each Tunefox banjo Temperance Reel 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 Temperance Reel 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.