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Banjo tablatures for Will the Circle Be Unbroken

The Carter Family

Recomended level: Intermediate

Tags: #gospel music, #old time, #folk music, #medium-tempo

This is a more of a hymnal tune that's famous in Christendom. It was written in 1907 by Ada R. Habershon. Charles H Gabriel invested his artistic knowledge in turning these written lyrics into song music. The songs "Can the circle be unbroken" and "Daddy sang bass" features most of the chorus of this song. It is also featured on Netflix's Pretty Little Liars. It is to be noted that the tune ascribed to this song that is sung today in Christendom differs from the original tune composed by Gabriel. The ballad index of this song records the Metropolitan Quartet in 1927, which was the first known record in this tune. Another version of this song that was written by AP Carter was written or intended to be a funeral hymn the Carter family released this version in the year 1935. This version was titled "Can the Circle be Unbroken?". Structurally, this version is patterned according to the tune and verse structure of the famous version. However, the difference is in the lyrics and a modified chorus. Nevertheless, this version has often been recorded and performed under the title "Will the Circle be Unbroken." When mother Mary performed this tune in 1972, it was titled "Will the Circle be Unbroken."

  • Banjo Will the Circle Be Unbroken Scruggs Style

    Scruggs Style

    An incredibly popular standard bluegrass tune. This version of Will the Circle Be Unbroken is for beginners and highlights the forward roll pattern.

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  • Banjo Will the Circle Be Unbroken Melodic Style

    Melodic Style

    This is for intermediate to advanced players, and demonstrates how you can play fancy licks while staying true to the melody of the song.

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  • Banjo Will the Circle Be Unbroken Backup

    Backup

    This is a fun backup arrangement of Will the Circle Be Unbroken showing you how to go back and forth between vamping, rolls, and licks.

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