Little Sadie guitar tabs & chords

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  • This lesson covers a solo on a track from the classic album, "Manzanita" by singer and guitarist, Tony Rice. The name of the song is "Little Sadie" and is a traditional murder ballad. This solo is out of the D minor position but Tony puts the capo on the 2nd fret to play it in the key of E minor, most likely because that's the key that fit his voice best.

    • Key Dm
    • 95 bpm
    • Tuning EADGBE
    Play Tony Rice Solo

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Guitar Little Sadie tab

Choose from 1 different versions of Little Sadie for bluegrass guitar based on your skill level. The beginner arrangement of this song will teach you a basic melody and from that place you can move to the intermediate tab and then to the advanced version, which will get you playing some more popular bluegrass guitar vocabulary.

The "Speed-Up" and "Memory-Train" practice tools offer ways for you to practice technique and memorizing the arrangement of Little Sadie 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.

The Little Sadie backing tracks that Tunefox offers are a great way for you to practice the arrangement you’ve learned and improvising over the chord changes. You can mix the tracks to meet your needs by changing the volume levels of the guitar, band, and metronome.

Are you looking for a way how to be more creative while playing this song? Our content creators prepared different ways to play most of the measures in all 1 variations of Little Sadie. We call them "licks" and you can change these by clicking on the "Original Measure" text above the measure. You can also shuffle all of the licks in the song to get a completely new arrangement.

Members can also export all of their banjo Little Sadie arrangements into PDF files.

Little Sadie lyrics

Went out one night for to make a little round
I met little Sadie and I shot her down
Went back home and I got in my bed
Forty four pistol under my head

Wake up next morning 'bout a half past nine
The hacks and the buggies all standing in line
Gents and the gamblers standing all round
Taking little Sadie to her burying ground

Then I begin to think what a deed I'd done
I grabbed my hat and away I run
Made a good run but a little too slow
They overtook me in Jericho

I was standing on the corner, reading the bill
When up stepped the sheriff from Thomasville
He said, young man, ain't your name Brown?
Remember the night you shot Sadie down?

I said, yes, sir, my name is Lee
I murdered little Sadie in the first degree
And first degree and the second degree
If you got any papers, won't you read 'em to me?

They took me downtown and dressed me in black
Put me on the train and started me back
They crammed me back in that Thomasville jail
And I had no money for to go my bail

That judge and the jury, they took their stand
The judge had the papers in his right hand
Forty one days and forty one nights
Forty one years to wear the ball and the stripes