Wreck of the Old 97 banjo tabs & chords

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  • Scruggs Style

    Difficulty

    A beginner version of Wreck of the Old 97 that features lots of forward roll patterns mixed in with a basic melody. Make sure you accent the melody notes to make it sound as musical as possible.

    • Key G
    • 120 bpm
    • Tuning gDGBD
    Play Scruggs Style
  • A slightly more difficult arrangement of Wreck of the Old 97 that builds on the Basic version with Scruggs style hammer-ons, pull-offs, and slides.

    • Key G
    • 120 bpm
    • Tuning gDGBD
    Play Scruggs Style (Intermediate)
  • Backup

    Difficulty

    This arrangement of Wreck of the Old 97 features a mixture of tasty down-the-neck backup playing with vamping to give you some ideas on how to back up a vocalist.

    • Key G
    • 120 bpm
    • Tuning gDGBD
    Play Backup

More about Wreck of the Old 97 Banjo song

Here are 3 killer arrangements of Wreck of the Old 97 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 Wreck of the Old 97 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 Wreck of the Old 97 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 Wreck of the Old 97 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.

Each arrangement of Wreck of the Old 97 for banjo features real-sounding backing tracks. Use these backing tracks to polish up the solo you’re working on. You can mix the banjo, band, and metronome up or down so that you have several options for your practice.

Once you’ve settled on an arrangement of Wreck of the Old 97 using the Lick Switcher, export your arrangement to a PDF file so you can print it out and take it with you. This is a member-only feature.