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“Oh, I ain’t gonna work tomorrow,
And I ain’t gonna work next day”
How could you not love a song with a refrain like that? Not a fair fight, really.
And a worthy song to kick off the brand new “Song of the Week” series!
Why a Song of the Week series, you ask?
One, because many fans of the Tune of the Week have asked for more singing videos. And while I do sing with some of the tune of the week tunes, there’s still a large body of tunes (music without voice) left to play.
Two, because I’m on a personal mission to get more folks singing with their banjos. For the old timers, singing with the banjo was commonplace.
Then the geetar came into fashion and messed it all up. So it’s high time we filled the world back up with singing banjoists, and my hope is this series will inspire others to do likewise, and provide ideas for ways to go about it.
Believe it or not, my initial reason for learning clawhammer style was because I thought it was well suited for vocal backup. Yet, once I learned it, I found it challenging to locate any singing role models to steal from (things have gotten easier these days, a trend I hope will continue!).
So, you can now expect two new videos (along with accompanying tabs) from me each week, one solo banjo tune, one with banjo and voice. And, if you’re a subscriber of the tune of the week newsletter, I’ll send you the tabs as well (click on the button below to get today’s tab and become a subscriber (it’s free)):
There you’ll also find The Vault, an ever expanding archive of tabs and video demos for songs, with arrangements targeted at multiple skill levels (all videos in the Song of the Week series are pulled from here). Click here to learn more about Breakthrough Banjo and The Vault –>
Ain’t Gonna Work Tomorrow
gCGBD tuning, Brainjo level 3
Notes on the Tab
In the tab above, you’ll note I’ve tabbed out both a “lead break” (something to play in between verses) and the “vocal backup” (what I play while I’m singing).
Notes in parentheses are “skip” notes – to learn more about skips and syncopated skips, check out my video lesson on the subject.
For more on reading tabs in general, check out this complete guide to reading banjo tabs.
Level 2 arrangements and video demos for the Tune (and Song!) of the Week tunes are now available as part of the Breakthrough Banjo course. Learn more about it here.