New Camptown races was written by mandolinist Frank Wakefield. He was heavily influenced by Bill Monroe. The arrangement here is based on the playing of David Naiditch. David is an incredible harmonica player. He often plays a chromatic harp. As the name implies, it give him the ability to play chromatic(passing) tones that lay outside of the normal major scale. Because of that, this arrangement for guitar has a lot of chromaticism. It sounds amazing! If any of the measures feel too tough, check the lick switcher. There are a lot of licks in there that are still very cool, but offer a lower degree of difficulty for your fret hand. Instead of shifting between open and 2nd position, try and match the fret number to each finger on your fret hand. 1st finger - 1st fret, etc., etc...It will be a challenge if you haven't used your pinky much. If that's the case, it's a great workout, and an excellent reason to build that pinky strength and finger independence. Just take it slow. You'll be off to the races in no time :)Learn
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A modern jam classic written by Frank Wakefield
With Tunefox, you can learn 1 bluegrass guitar arrangements to New Camptown Races, starting with the Beginner tablature. This tab will give you a foundation for the melody so you can easily modify it along your journey to the intermediate and advanced versions, which will each progress in difficulty. This helps you develop a bluegrass guitar vocabulary while also staying true to the melody of New Camptown Races.
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 New Camptown Races 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 New Camptown Races? 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.
When you’ve finished creating your arrangement of New Camptown Races, export your song arrangement to PDF file. This feature is for members of Tunefox, only.