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The New Five Cents banjo tabs

  • Tablatures

    Scruggs Style


    Fun. That is what you will have when you hear and play this tune.

  • Melodic Style


    Inside rolls and tricky shifting in the B part. Tough stuff, but all for a good cause. What about the melody in the B part? Once you get it down, it's hard to have more fun that that on the banjo!

  • Single String Style


    A way up the neck single string arrangement for your pickin' pleasure.


More about The New Five Cents

Learn 3 different versions of The New Five Cents, which are all shown on this page. We recommend that you get started with the Scruggs style version, where you’ll learn basic roll pattern and left-hand articulations like slides, hammer-ons, and pull-offs. Next, move on to the Melodic arrangement to learn how to play the melody for The New Five Cents using scales and up the next positions. Lastly, you can check out the Single-string arrangement.

Use the Tunefox Lick Switcher to explore improvisation and creativity inside The New Five Cents tablatures. The Lick Switcher will allow you to create your own arrangement using pre-built licks that are handmade by professional musicians. To use the Lick Switcher, click on the text above specific measures that says "Original Measure" and select between a variety of new licks for that measure. You'll find that there are different style licks such as Scruggs, Melodic, Jazz, and more. At the bottom of your page you'll also find a button that says "Shuffle Licks." Click this button and watch the licks randomly shuffle throughout the song.

There are a number of fantastic learning tools in Tunefox to help you memorize, learn by ear, and improve your speed. These special features are found in the "Tools" menu at the bottom right of your screen. The "Hide Notes" tool will hide a number of the notes in the tab so you can use your ears to learn parts of the melody of The New Five Cents. Next, try out the "Memory Train" tool, which will hide more and more notes each time the song or measure loops. This will help get you off of the tab you’ve been working with so you can play it by memory. The "Speed Up" feature gradually speeds up the song so you can hone your technique and challenge yourself to go faster.

Each arrangement of The New Five Cents for banjo features real-sounding backing tracks. Use these backing tracks to polish up the solo you’re working on. You can mix the banjo, band, and metronome up or down so that you have several options for your practice.

When you’ve finished creating your arrangement of The New Five Cents, export your song arrangement to PDF file. This feature is for members of Tunefox, only.