This is a transcription of Kentucky fiddler Michael Garvin's arrangement of Forked Deer. Some pieces have been changed to be more playable on guitar, and to make the arrangement more "intermediate". There are still some challenges like multiple string crossings, hammers, pulls, and a lot of sixteenth notes. That's how you know it's a fiddle tune :)Learn
This is a transcription of a Tim Stafford solo, and very close to the way he recorded it. There are no substitution licks. Just a pure, silky smooth arrangement of Forked Deer. Part of the way Stafford gets that smooth sound is by using a lot of hammers and pulls, especially on upstrokes in between string crossings.Learn
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On Tunefox, there are 3 versions of this song for you to learn. The Beginner arrangement gives you a good foundation of the verse melody. The Forked Deer Intermediate tab is a slidey arrangement of this song, which is a little more technically challenging and finally, the Advanced version introduces more typical bluegrass vocabulary.
Use Tunefox’s unique practice tools to improve your speed and get off the tab faster so you can jam sooner. The "Speed-Up" tool will incrementally increase the tempo of the song so you can build up to your ideal tempo for the tune. Use "Memory-Train" to liberate yourself from the tab. This practice tool will make the notes in the song gradually disappear, forcing you not to look at the tab anymore. Click on measures to isolate and loop them for practice.
Use Tunefox’s backing tracks to practice this bluegrass guitar version of Forked Deer with a real-sounding band. Go to the Settings menu to mix the volume of the guitar, band or metronome to your liking.
What to learn some variations on the melody of Forked Deer? In each arrangement of this song you’ll find multiple licks that you can switch out to explore and discover new ways to play the song and learn about different styles along the way. Use the lick switcher by clicking on "Original Measure" above certain measures. To see a completely new arrangement of the song, click on "Shuffle Licks" in the bottom right corner of the page.
Members can export their arrangements into PDF, allowing them to print and bring them to their next jam session.