Whiskey Before Breakfast banjo tabs & chords

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  • Single String Style

    Difficulty

    A lower octave arrangement than the melodic version. This version of Whiskey Before Breakfast gives you a great single string work out down the neck because of the mixture of open and closed strings.

    • Key D
    • 120 bpm
    • Tuning aDGBD
    Play Single String Style
  • Melodic Style

    Difficulty

    Like most other melodic D tunes, Whiskey Before Breakfast features a large left hand stretch from the 9th fret 3rd string to the 5th fret 1st string. Make sure you're pressing down hard enough!

    • Key D
    • 120 bpm
    • Tuning aDGBD
    Play Melodic Style
  • Backup

    Difficulty

    A straightforward backup arrangement of Whiskey Before Breakfast that gives you some 7th chord runs to throw in for some nice color.

    • Key D
    • 120 bpm
    • Tuning aDGBD
    Play Backup

More about Whiskey Before Breakfast Banjo song

Here are 3 killer arrangements of Whiskey Before Breakfast 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 Whiskey Before Breakfast 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.

Use the Tunefox Lick Switcher to explore improvisation and creativity inside the Whiskey Before Breakfast 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.

You'll also find some useful tools which will help you to learn how to play Whiskey Before Breakfast 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.

Using backing tracks for practice should be an essential part of every musician’s routine. With Tunefox, you can practice Whiskey Before Breakfast as fast or as slow as you want and mix the volume of the tracks with the instrument to your liking. There’s also a metronome so you can always feel the pulse of the song with or without the band track playing along.

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Whiskey Before Breakfast lyrics

Early one day the sun wouldn't shine
I was walking down the street not feeling too fine
I saw two old men with a bottle between 'em
And this was the song that I heard them singing

Lord preserve us and protect us,
We've been drinking whiskey 'fore breakfast

Well I stopped by the steps where they was sitting
And I couldn't believe how drunk they were getting
I said "old men, have you been drinking long?"
They said "just long enough to be singing this song"

Lord preserve us and protect us,
We've been drinking whiskey 'fore breakfast

Well they passed me the bottle and I took a little sip
And it felt so good I just couldn't quit
I drank some more and next thing I knew
There were three of us sitting there singing this tune

Lord preserve us and protect us,
We've been drinking whiskey 'fore breakfast

One by one everybody in the town
They heard our ruckus and they all came down
And pretty soon all the streets were ringing
With the sound of the whole town laughing and singing

Lord preserve us and protect us,
We've been drinking whiskey 'fore breakfast

Lord preserve us and protect us,
We've been drinking whiskey 'fore breakfast