If you enjoy jamming with other musicians (especially if you enjoy traditional Southern old-time music), or have any inclinations of doing so and you don’t know this week’s tune already, remedy this situation forthwith.
“Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss” (a.k.a. “Susannah Gal”) shows up a lot at jams. And it’s easy to see why. It’s instantly memorable, straightforward to learn, yet can withstand multiple run throughs without becoming tiresome, I think in large part on account of the peppy B part (along with the anticipation and tension created in the A part) that makes you want to play it just one more time. We humans are suckers for some good tension and release.
Yet, it hasn’t been overdone to the point where it elicits groans from the grizzled curmudgeons. On the contrary, is seems to be a good tune for un-grizzling your curmudgeons. A tune that unites young and old, neophytes and veterans, beginners and experts. A tune ideally suited for kicking off a jam and getting things started on the right foot.
Like I said, if you have inclinations towards jamming and don’t yet know “Fly Around,” then get busy tackling this low hanging fruit!
Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss
aDADE tuning, Brainjo level 3
Notes in parentheses are “skip” notes. To learn more about these, check out my video lesson on the subject.
For more on reading tabs in general, check out this complete guide to reading banjo tabs.