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Worried Man Blues guitar tabs

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  • Worried Man Blues is a commonly known beginner tune because of it’s catchy melody and simple lyrics. Learn a verse of this song before jumping into the guitar break!

    • Key G
    • 80 bpm
    • Tuning EADGBE
    Play Beginner
  • This is a slidey arrangement of Worried Man Blues, which makes it not only more technically challenging but also really fun!

    • Key G
    • 100 bpm
    • Tuning EADGBE
    Play Intermediate
  • This arrangement of Worried Man Blues introduces more typical bluegrass vocabulary. Take it slow and gradually speed up the tempo. Use the “Speed Up” tool to make getting faster easy!

    • Key G
    • 120 bpm
    • Tuning EADGBE
    Play Advanced

More about Worried Man Blues

This folk song tells the story of a man imprisoned for unknown reasons and it was recorded by Woody Guthrie in 1940. You’ll also find it published in Pete Seeger’s instructional book, "Folksinger's Guitar Guide".

Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys recorded Worried Man Blues in 1961 on the "Songs Of The Famous Carter Family" album and it also appeared on the final episode of the Rainbow Quest television series (1966) performed by Johnny Cash, June Carter and Pete Seeger.

On Tunefox, there are three versions of this song for you to learn. The Beginner arrangement gives you a good foundation of the verse melody. The Worried Man Blues 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.

On Tunefox you’ll find numerous tools to help you learn this song. Use the "Speed Up" tool to easily build speed. The "Memory train" feature will hide notes everytime you go through the song so you can more effectively get off tab. You can also isolate, slow down and repeat problematic measures.

The backing tracks allow you to practice this song with an entire band and you can change volume of a guitar, band or metronome according to your needs.

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 three variations of Worried Man Blues. 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.

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