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Pretty Polly guitar tabs & chords

  • This traditional song was made popular by Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys in the 1960s. Ralph’s banjo playing on the recording is phenomenal and it’s a must-listen for all bluegrass musicians.

    • Key G
    • 74 bpm
    • Tuning EADGBE
    Play Beginner
  • Watch out for those measure of 2/4 in this tune. Practice tip: Learn a verse of Pretty Polly to better internalize the melody before learning this solo.

    • Key G
    • 100 bpm
    • Tuning EADGBE
    Play Intermediate
  • This version of Pretty Polly gives you a more fiddle-like approach and will challenge you if you’re not used to playing long lines. Practice Tip: Play along with the backing tracks at 60-80 bpm to achieve maximum note clarity.

    • Key G
    • 110 bpm
    • Tuning EADGBE
    Play Advanced

More about Pretty Polly Guitar song

Guitar Pretty Polly tab

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 Pretty Polly 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.

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

Use Tunefox’s backing tracks to practice this bluegrass guitar version of Pretty Polly with a real-sounding band. Go to the Settings menu to mix the volume of the guitar, band or metronome to your liking.

Get creative with Pretty Polly with the Tunefox lick switcher. The lick switcher gives you an opportunity to learn multiple variations of the song you’re learning within the context of the guitar tab you’re practicing. To use the lick switcher, click on the text that says "Original Measure" above some of the measures in the tab. If you want to see a completely new arrangement of Pretty Polly for bluegrass guitar, click on Shuffle Licks in the bottom right corner.

Members can export their arrangements into PDF, allowing them to print and bring them to their next jam session.