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When The Saints Go Marching in banjo tabs

  • Tablatures

    Scruggs Style(Melody Only)


    Just the melody. If you are weary from learning and practicing rolls, leaning a melody is a great thing to work on. In fact, Sonny Osbourne has said that is how all banjo players should start out. Almost every measure in this arrangement has options in the lick switcher. So after you've got the melody. You've got a lot of options to add in licks. Check them out one at a time, or shuffle them to completely transform the arrangement.

  • Scruggs Style-2


    A few more Scruggs riffs in the core arrangement, and a little more challenge in the lick switcher.

  • Scruggs Style-3


    A fun Scruggs Style arrangement of this timeless tune.


More about When The Saints Go Marching in

"When the Saints Go Marching In" is a Black spiritual folk song, mostly called saints. Although it is popularly recognized for its Christian hymns, the jazz band never cease playing it. Written and recorded on May 13, 1938, by Louis Armstrong and his orchestra, when the saints go marching is sometimes confused with a similarly titled composition "When the Saints Are Marching In" from 1896 by Katharine Purvis and James Milton Black. The motivation behind the song wasn't told, nor was the reason for it understood. Perhaps, it was what triggered the Paramount Jubilee Singers to come up with a modern lyrics beginning with "When the saints from marching.'' No author is shown on the label. Several other gospel versions were recorded In the year the 1920s, Newly recorded versions were slow and stately, but with time passing, the recordings became more cadenced, including a distinctly uptempo version by Sanctified Singers on British Parlophone in 1931. Even though the song had folk roots, many composers claimed jazz standard. The song, however, resonates with the Book of Revelation but excludes horrific depictions of the Last Judgment. Some verses also recalled nature; Sun and Moon refer to Solar and Lunar eclipses; the trumpet was the Last Judgment's announcement. As the hymn showcase the wish to go to Heaven, picturing the saints going in heavens gate, it is considered appropriate for funerals.

Use the Tunefox Lick Switcher to explore improvisation and creativity inside the When The Saints Go Marching in 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 When The Saints Go Marching in. 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.

Use the Tunefox backing tracks to practice the solo you’re working on or improvising over the chord changes for When The Saints Go Marching in. The backing tracks are recorded samples of real instruments to help simulate practicing with an actual band. You can adjust the volume of the instrument, band, and metronome to your liking.

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