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Sitting on Top of the World mandolin tabs & chords

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  • This song was written in the 1930s by blues musicians Walter Vinson and Lonnie Chatmon but has since become a part of the traditional and standard bluegrass repertoire. You'll hear it at jam sessions all over the world.

    • Key A
    • 80 bpm
    • Tuning GDAE
    Play Beginner
  • Here's a great version of Sitting on Top of the World that works well with fast tempos. It doesn't feature a ton of chops but the end result is a nice, tasty arrangement, a la Bill Monroe.

    • Key A
    • 90 bpm
    • Tuning GDAE
    Play Intermediate
  • This solo of Sitting on Top of the World features a whole lot of scalar melodies, which will help you sound like a legit bluegrass mando pro at your next jam session. To top it all off, there's even a nice bluesy lick over that first D chord in measure 4.

    • Key A
    • 110 bpm
    • Tuning GDAE
    Play Advanced

More about Sitting on Top of the World Mandolin song

Learn how to play Sitting on Top of the World from a very basic level. With the beginner tab you’ll learn the melody of this song. Using this tab is a great way to set a solid foundation for your development on the mandolin. After you have completed the beginner version get cracking on the intermediate and advanced versions of Sitting on Top of the World tabs. These arrangements still follow the melody line but a little more technique is required to get them down.

There are a ton of tools in the Tunefox app that will help you learn Sitting on Top of the World tabs more efficiently and effectively. Use the tempo control slider to slow down the whole song, or isolate problematic measures. You can also activate the "Speed Up" tool to speed up isolated measures each time they loop. Use the "Memory Train" tool to hide more and more notes each time you play through the song.

Once you learn the main arrangement of Sitting on Top of the World, try switching out the licks in the song to learn about improvisation and creativity. You can do this by using the Tunefox Lick Switcher, which features hand-crafted licks built specifically for each tab. If you’re looking to spice up the entire arrangement of Sitting on Top of the World, click Shuffle Licks, which can be found in the bottom tool bar.

All arrangements of Sitting on Top of the World include flexible backing tracks, allowing you to change the volume of the main instrument, full band, or metronome to suit your practice needs.

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