This is a James Alan Shelton transcription. Check out all his variations! As you learn to play this, take a step back and get a bird's eye view of the The Old Spinning Wheel arrangement. Look over the tablature and analyze the stylistic and technical tools he used. Don't just be a parrot. Try to understand what you're learning, that way you can take some of his approach and use it in other arrangements. For over 20 years James was the lead guitar player for Ralph Stanley! #LegendLearn
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With Tunefox, you can learn 3 bluegrass guitar arrangements to The Old Spinning Wheel, 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 The Old Spinning Wheel.
The "Speed-Up" and "Memory-Train" practice tools offer ways for you to practice technique and memorizing the arrangement of The Old Spinning Wheel 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 The Old Spinning Wheel backing tracks! These real-sounding tracks sound great and the settings will allow you to adjust the volume of the guitar, band, or 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 3 variations of The Old Spinning Wheel. 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 export their arrangements into PDF, allowing them to print and bring them to their next jam session.