Will the Circle Be Unbroken – #Clawhammer #Banjo and #Flatpick #Guitar #Tablature


The recording is clawhammer banjo only but I’m including three easy flatpicking guitar arrangements as well as three clawhammer banjo tablatures.


Clawhammer Banjo Level 1:


Clawhammer Banjo Level 2:


Clawhammer Banjo Level 3:


Melody and Accompaniment for Guitar:


EZ Flatpick Guitar Solo:


Intermediate Flatpick Guitar Solo:

Wildwood Flower – #Flatpick #Guitar, #Bluegrass and #Clawhammer #Banjo #Tablature

A few days after the attack on the World Trade Center my wife and I took the original words to all the verses of “The Star Spangled Banner” and used some of those that were appropriate as well as adding some of our own to create a patriotic song to the tune of Wildwood Flower. Following the video I’m including a bunch of different arrangements of Wildwood Flower including 4 for guitar, 3 for bluegrass banjo, and 3 for clawhammer banjo. The recording is in the key of G. Some of the arrangements are in G and others are in the key of C.


I’m going to add all of the arrangements to this post. Let me know if loading all of the different tabs causes problems with your computer and I can separate them into three different posts, but I’d like to leave them all together if it works out.


*** Guitar ***


Guitar – Key of G – Basic and Intermediate Arrangements:


Guitar – Key of G – Melody & Accompaniment with 1st verse of Star Spangled Flower:


Guitar – Key of C – EZ Flatpick Arrangement:


Guitar – Key of C – Intermediate Flatpick Arrangement:


*** Bluegrass Banjo ***

Note: All banjo arrangements are in the key of G.


Bluegrass Banjo Level 1:


Bluegrass Banjo Level 2:


Bluegrass Banjo Level 3 (Includes guitar accompaniment):


*** Clawhammer Banjo ***


Clawhammer Banjo Level 1:


Clawhammer Banjo Level 2:


Clawhammer Banjo Level 3:

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star – #Fingerstyle #Guitar #Tablature – Dropped D Tuning


This song may present a little bit of a challenge if you’re a beginner, but it will also give you some valuable practice on changing chords since the chords change twice in most measures. I arranged two accompaniment patterns. This one is the simpler of the two and really just consists of a simple strum with each chord change. Note that this first arrangement is in STANDARD TUNING.


The second accompaniment arrangement is meant to be played fingerstyle and features “Dropped D” tuning. This tuning is fairly common when playing in the key of D, especially among fingerpickers. In Dropped D, the only thing different than in standard tuning is that the 6th string is tuned down one whole tone, from E to D. This enables you to play the bass note an octave lower than in standard tuning. When playing in Dropped D you will need to compensate for the change in the 6th string. This means that the chord formations that use the 6th string need to be adjusted accordingly. Notice the diagram below for the G chord. Ordinarily the bass note for G is the 6th string 3rd fret. In Dropped D the bass note needs to go up two more frets, so now it is played on the 6th string 5th fret. That may seem overly complicated if you are a beginner, but after you gain more experience you may appreciate the different results that you are able to achieve with this tuning.

To accompany the singing I intentionally stayed away from the 1st string in this case. You don’t always have to do that but in this instance it sounded better to me and will probably be easier for most people to play because the pattern remains the same. Play all of the notes on the 2nd string with your middle finger and all of the notes on the 3rd string with your index finger. All of the bass notes (4th, 5th, and 6th strings) should be played with your thumb.


The next arrangement is the solo I played in the recording between a couple of the verses. Be sure your 6th string is tuned down 1 whole tone (2 frets) from E to D. The melody notes are exactly the same as the melody notes in the basic Melody & Accompaniment arrangement.

When playing this solo you are really playing two parts concurrently: the melody on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd strings and an alternating bass pattern on the 4th, 5th, and 6th strings. Use your thumb for all of the bass notes. For the treble strings (1st, 2nd, and 3rd) you should generally use your middle finger to play notes that are played at the same time as the bass notes are played (thereby creating kind of a “pinch” with the thumb and middle finger) and use the index finger to play the notes that are not played along with a bass note. That may not always work, but in this case it does.

Those Gamblers Blues (St. James Infirmary) – #Travis #Picking #Guitar #Tablature

This song was published in Carl Sandburg’s book “The American Songbag,” in 1927 as “Those Gambler’s Blues.” Most references that I could find regarding the song “St. James Infirmary” say that it was written and copyrighted by Joe Primrose in 1929. It’s definitely the same song, and Carl Sandburg not only didn’t mention Joe Primrose in 1927, he spoke of the song as if it was already an old song with apparently no known author.

I haven’t recorded it but I’m including an easy Melody & Accompaniment arrangement with strumming and a fingerstyle Travis Picking arrangement.


Melody & Accompaniment:


Travis Picking:

Star Spangled Banner – #Fingerstyle #Guitar #Tablature and #Easy #Strumming

I did a couple different videos from my original MP3 recording of our National Anthem a while back while experimenting with different ideas about how to present songs. I’m including both of them here as well as the PDF tablature arrangements.

The first video presents the chords and lyrics so you can strum along with the chords or whatever.


The next video features my same recording but in this one the fingerstyle guitar tablature is presented four measures at a time so you can play exactly what I’m playing. I should point out that the arrangement isn’t really too difficult to play but it definitely takes some practice to sing it and play it at the same time.


Here’s a PDF of the fingerstyle arrangement from the video.


Finally, here’s a simplified arrangement if you don’t want to do all of that fingerpicking. It’s just a simple strum at each chord change.

Sittin’ On Top of the World – #Clawhammer #Banjo and #Easy #Guitar #Flatpick


As with most of my clawhammer banjo tablatures, I began with just the basic melody and created three arrangements of increasing difficulty. The recording features the Level 3 arrangement. I’m also including a couple easy guitar arrangements in the tabs below. There is no guitar on the recording (it’s clawhammer banjo only).


Melody Only:


Clawhammer Banjo Level 1:


Clawhammer Banjo Level 2:


Clawhammer Banjo Level 3:


Guitar Melody & Accompaniment:


Guitar EZ Flatpick Solo:

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