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Banjo tablatures for White House Blues

Flatt & Scruggs

Recomended level: Intermediate

Tags: #the blues, #up-tempo

This is another American folk melody. Its first recording was in 1926 by Charlie Poole and the North Carolina Ramblers. Ever since other artists have performed this tune in their unique way, some of these artists include; Bill Monroe, Doc Watson, Merle Travis, the Dillards, the Stanley Brothers, the Del McCoury Band, and the New Lost City Ramblers. After its first record in 1926, this tune was an instant success, gaining prominence among nation and twang artists. The tune dwells on the course of the event of President William McKinley's death. McKinley, who'd quite recently been re-chosen for his subsequent term, was meeting and welcome groups at the World's Fair in Buffalo, New York when he was gunned by the revolutionary Leon Czolgosz. He surrendered to a horrifying demise as specialists were unable to save him. In his adaptation of this tune, Poole portrays this scene in frightful detail: "McKinley hollered, McKinley squalled. The specialist stated, 'McKinley, I can't discover the ball. Will undoubtedly kick the bucket, you're bound to die." According to the verses, Czolgosz is said to have shot him twice. The first round is touching McKinley, the second hitting him dead-on in the paunch. McKinley's death began the era of Vice President Theodore Roosevelt's tenure as president.

  • Banjo White House Blues Scruggs Style

    Scruggs Style

    This is Earl Scruggs's kick-off from Flatt and Scruggs's famous "Live at Carnegie Hall" recording. If you haven't heard the White House Blues, check it out!

    Banjo White House Blues Scruggs Style
  • Banjo White House Blues Melodic Style

    Melodic Style

    This arrangement of Live at Carnegie Hall gives you a lot of nice melodic and single string licks to work into the Scruggs version, so you end up with a nice mix of styles!

    Banjo White House Blues Melodic Style
  • Banjo White House Blues Backup


    A down-the-neck arrangement of Live at Carnegie Hall to show you how to play behind the vocalist and fill in the spaces.

    Banjo White House Blues Backup