Wildwood Flower banjo tabs & chords

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  • Scruggs Style

    Difficulty

    This is a fantastic traditional tune popularized by the Carter Family. Most guitar players play this song in C, so this version of Wildwood Flower is catered for beginners learning about C position.

    • Key C
    • 100 bpm
    • Tuning gDGBD
    Play Scruggs Style
  • Melodic Style

    Difficulty

    This melodic version of Wildwood Flower is a higher register break played mostly out of the root-position C chord on the 10th fret.

    • Key C
    • 100 bpm
    • Tuning gDGBD
    Play Melodic Style
  • Backup

    Difficulty

    Wildwood Flower uses a lot of 2/4 measures, so make sure you have the melody clearly in your head while playing the backup part. It's helpful to sing the lyrics out loud to ensure you're in the right spot.

    • Key C
    • 100 bpm
    • Tuning gDGBD
    Play Backup

More about Wildwood Flower Banjo song

Learn 3 different versions of Wildwood Flower, 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 Wildwood Flower using scales and up the next positions. Lastly, you can check out the Backup arrangement, which shows you how to play behind others while they are soloing.

Use the Tunefox Lick Switcher to explore improvisation and creativity inside the Wildwood Flower 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.

Be sure to check out all of the great learning tools that Tunefox has to offer such as "Hide Notes", "Memory Train", and "Speed Up". These tools can be found in the "Tools" menu at the bottom right of your screen. Want to learn some of Wildwood Flower by ear? Use "Hide Notes" to hide some or all of the notes in the tablature. Once you’re finished learning with the tab use the "Memory Train" tool to commit the song to memory. Then practice with "Speed Up" to improve your technique and speed in no time.

Use the Tunefox backing tracks to practice the solo you’re working on or improvising over the chord changes for Wildwood Flower. 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.

Members can export their arrangements into PDF, allowing them to print and bring them to their next jam session.

Wildwood Flower lyrics

I'll twine with my mingles and waving black hair
With the roses so red and the lilies so fair
And the myrtles so bright with emerald dew
The pale and the leader and eyes look like blue

He told me he loved me and called me his flower
That blossomed for him all the brighter each hour
Though my heart is now breaking, he never shall know
That his name makes me tremble, my pale cheeks to glow

I'll sing and I'll dance and my laugh shall be gay
I'll charm every heart and the crowd I will away
I'll live you to see him regret the dark hour
When he won and neglected this frail wildwood flower

I'll think of him never, I'll be wild and gay
I'll cease this wild weeping, drive sorrow away
But I wake from my dreaming, my idol was clay
My visions of love have all vanished away