Nuthin' but the melody. This might be a good one to learn the lyrics to. Also, it might be a great one to learn the lyrics to, too. I think you should learn the lyrics to this song! In all seriousness, anytime you learn the lyrics to a song it will help you internalize the rhythm, and pitch changes in the melody. It will also help you internalize the dynamics, and bring that out in your guitar playing. Check out the Carter Family and Tony Rice's version of this classic bluegrass jam tune. This beginner arrangement of John Hardy is closely based on the Carter family's.Learn
This arrangement of John Hardy lies somewhere in between the Maybelle Carter style of guitar playing and Tony Rice. You've got melody notes on the bass strings, and chord notes to fill in rhythm-just like Mother Maybelle, and some bluesy runs just like Tony might have done it. Have fun with this one folks. That's what we're here for.Learn
This version of John Hardy is closely based on the note choice and phrasing of Tony Rice...the singing of Tony Rice that is! No matter what instrument you play, you should try and learn how to sing something before you play it. Playing like a singer will make your instrumental playing more fluid. If you play the same notes and rhythms that a bluegrass singer uses, you better believe it's going to sound authentic. Oh, there is also some cross-picking thrown in, because hey, that's cool too.Learn
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What skill level do you consider yourself to be at? With Tunefox, we meet you at your level with 3 different guitar tabs - Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. To learn the basic melody of this song (which is good for musicians at all levels), start with the beginner arrangement of John Hardy. Work your way up to the advanced version, where you’ll learn a more ‘professional’ solo for the song.
The "Speed-Up" and "Memory-Train" practice tools offer ways for you to practice technique and memorizing the arrangement of John Hardy you’re learning. Speed-Up will automatically increase the tempo of the song or selection that you’re practicing while Memory-Train deletes notes from the tab each time it loops to help you commit the melody to memory. To select and loop sections of the song, click on them with your cursor.
Want to practice with a band? Use the Tunefox John Hardy backing tracks! These real-sounding tracks sound great and the settings will allow you to adjust the volume of the guitar, band, or metronome.
What to learn some variations on the melody of John Hardy? 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.
Once you’ve settled on an arrangement of John Hardy 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.