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    Banjo This Land is Your Land tab

    Scruggs Style

    Woody Guthrie

    • Difficulty
    • Key
      C
    • Tempo
      120 bpm
    • Tuning
      gDGBD

    Play this and get inspired. A great Scruggs take on this classic melody.

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  • Melodic Style

    Woody Guthrie

    • Difficulty
    • Key
      C
    • Tempo
      100 bpm
    • Tuning
      gDGBD

    Nothing too tough here. Just some simple melodic licks that follow the introductory melody notes and chord progression. Use the lick switcher for more variations on this tune.

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  • Single String Style

    Woody Guthrie

    • Difficulty
    • Key
      C
    • Tempo
      120 bpm
    • Tuning
      gDGBD

    Even with all the hot licks, you can still clearly hear the underlying melody in this tune. These licks were made for you and me :P Even the ones in the lick switcher.

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More about This Land is Your Land

This song was written by Guthrie Woodie as a parody of "God Bless America" by Irving Berlin. Guthrie's lyrics went through subtle changes. For example, when he first wrote the song in 1940, the last line of the chorus was, "God bless America for me." However, in an attempt to advocate for equal rights and opportunities for the working class and the rich, the lyrics were changed to "This land was made for you and me." As time went by, it was used as a protest song. While commenting on this song, Anna Canoni, Guthrie's granddaughter, said: "It's the most famous, but there's a reason why it's the most famous. I think that often, people will just look at the words on the surface and not look into what he's talking about. But when Woody wrote, he wrote in double entendres, and sometimes triple. And there's enough to keep you thinking. I think his music was really to keep you thinking and start up a conversation. It wasn't just something nice to listen to, it's something that needs to be said to begin a discussion. And I would define that as great songwriting. So 'This Land Is Your Land' would fit into that."

Here on Tunefox you’ll find 3 versions of This Land is Your Land for banjo. The Scruggs style tablature will teach you how to play slides, hammer-ons and pull-offs. In the melodic arrangement of This Land is Your Land, you’ll learn some fancy up-the-neck melodic work. The third variation of this song is a Single-string arrangement. Use the Tunefox Lick Switcher to explore improvisation and creativity inside the This Land is Your Land 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. Tunefox also features useful tools that will help you learn this arrangement of This Land is Your Land. If you select the "Tools" option in the bottom bar you’ll see "Hide Notes", "Memory Train", and "Speed Up" features. Hide notes will help you train your ears by hiding some of the notes on the page for you to figure out as opposed to looking at the tab. "Memory Train" will help you retain the melody of the song by gradually hiding notes so you can rely on your ears more for memorization. Finally, the "Speed Up" tool will automatically increase the playback speed each time a measure or the song loops. Each Tunefox banjo This Land is Your Land 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. Members can also export all of their banjo This Land is Your Land arrangements into PDF files.

This Land is Your Land lyrics

Woody Guthrie Chorus:
This land is your land, this land is my land
From California to the New York Island,
From the redwood forest to the gulf stream water,
This land was made for you and me. As I went walking that ribbon of highway
I saw above me that endless ... I roamed and I rambled and I followed my footsteps
O'er the sparkling sands of her diamond deserts,
While all around me a voice was sounding, saying Chorus In the squares of the city, in the shadow of the steeple
In the relief office, I seen my people;
As they stood there hungry I stood there asking,
--Is this land made for you and me? Chorus As I went walking, I saw a sign there;
On the sign it said, "No Trespassing",
But on the other side it didn't say nothing--
That side was made for you and me! Chorus The sun came shining and I was strolling
And the wheat fields waving and the dust clouds rolling
As the fog was lifting a voice was calling,
"This land was made for you and me." Chorus