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Today’s selection is one of those rarities we purveyors of plunk particularly appreciate: a “fiddle tune” that seems like it was composed for the banjo.
Maybe that’s why fiddlers often refer to it by the name “Cabin Creek” – the name and tune originally sourced to fiddler Henry Reed – and banjo players by the name “Barlow Knife.”
I think you’ll find that its 3 part melody is not only an auditory delight, but also relatively easy to commit to memory. Furthermore, unlike a lot of fiddle tunes in G, it works out comfortably in standard G tuning (hence its status as a banjo tune disguised as a fiddle tune. Shhh…).
gDGBD tuning, Brainjo level 3
Notes on the Tab
Notes in parentheses are “skip” notes. To learn more about these, check out my video lesson on the subject.
The “Galax lick” appears in this tune in the 1st and 3rd measures, as indicated by the up arrow. For those unfamiliar with the technique, you’ll find a playlist of videos demonstrating this and other techniques in this article all about reading the tabs.
For more on reading tabs in general, check out this complete guide to reading banjo tabs.
[RELATED: 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.
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