This site is dedicated to sharing banjo tablature in variouChuck LeeChuck Lees muscial genres. bc-3502.jpgbc-3502.jpg

The particular technique of playing emphasized on this blog will be what is known as Clawhammer or Frailing.

The clawhammer technique of picking is primarily a down-picking style. The hand assumes a claw-like shape and the strumming finger is kept stiff, striking the strings by the motion of the hand at the wrist.  Players that use this technique typically downpick the strings with only the thumb and middle or index finger, flicking the string with the back of the fingernail.

Although Clawhammer is typically used to play American Old-Time music, the purpose of this site is to share tabature of many types of musical genre that can be played, using this picking style, which I have learned and enjoy so much.

If you have any requests to find a particular tune in clawhammer banjo tablature, please leave a request here. If I know of the piece exisiting on another site, I will direct you to it. If I do not know of it residing elsewhere, I will consider tabbing it and posting it here as time permits.

Note: You will need a PDF viewer to open these attachments. Also, within most of these PDF files you will find a midi attachment which will allow you to hear how the tablature will sound. Of course, you will need the appropriate software to listen to the midi file.

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  1. ajbadger said,

    August 29, 2007 at 6:45 am



    I found versions of Sandy River Belle at the following sites:


    Advanced version found at: http://www.banjohangout.org/w/tab/browse/m/byletter/v/S

    I hope that works for you.

  2. ajbadger said,

    September 10, 2007 at 6:59 am


    This is a correction to a previous answer. I found a very good version of Leather Britches for clawhammer at the following site: http://www.mountainsentinel.com/oldtime-claw.php

    I’ll do some more research and send you more links if I find them.

  3. October 5, 2007 at 10:41 am

    Interesting site with helpful information. Thanks. The Religious and Chinese sections are what peeked my interest when I found theis site. Thanks again.

  4. ajbadger said,

    November 11, 2007 at 11:15 am

    Chris says: I am Looking for which side are you on banjo tab.
    Al replies: I am not sure I understand the question (?). Can you explain further? Thanks.

  5. ajbadger said,

    November 12, 2007 at 5:51 pm


    I have, however, found a site with the clawhammer version. It can be found at the following: http://www.haruteq.com/turkey.pdf.

    Perhaps someone else can answer the question about the shared melody with other songs because I do not know. The following WIKI site may answer some of your questions: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turkey_in_the_Straw.

  6. mike said,

    December 4, 2007 at 4:43 pm

    Hi! Would you know where to find a clawhammer tab of “way down the old plank road?”

  7. ajbadger said,

    December 5, 2007 at 7:32 am



    I found the tab at this site: http://web.mac.com/markdvorak/iWeb/Site2/banjostuff.html

    I hope that helps.

  8. John Dotson said,

    December 30, 2007 at 5:48 pm

    Hello, I have tried for quite some time to find a straightforward clawhammer tab of “Oh Dem Golden Slippers” and “Roustabout”.

  9. ajbadger said,

    January 3, 2008 at 11:12 am


    I am working on a version of Slippers now. I’ll let you know when I post it here.

  10. ajbadger said,

    January 7, 2008 at 6:54 pm


    Golden Slippers is ready in the “American Banjo Tunes” section. I hope it works for you. “Roustabout” is going to take some more time.

  11. JFox said,

    January 13, 2008 at 8:26 pm

    I was wondering if anyone knew where to find a clawhammer tab for “Coo Coo Bird” (as played by Clarence Ashley). Have searched for it everywhere with no luck. Thanks so much – this is a great site!

  12. ajbadger said,

    January 17, 2008 at 7:28 am


    I will start looking for it and post something here if I find it.

  13. Dogwood Mudhole said,

    January 23, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    Mary Cox did a version of Golden Slippers in one of her books and on her cd. Very nice.

  14. ajbadger said,

    January 24, 2008 at 7:29 am



    I do not yet have any of Mary Cox’s books or tabs yet. I have heard a lot of great things about them, though. I had to create my version directly from the melody, which is my preferred way to create arrangements nowadays. Doing so helps me remember where in the melody I want to add some emphasis.

  15. Joe Commodari said,

    January 27, 2008 at 4:33 pm

    I’m looking for tab for Elkhorn Ridge( clawhammer). Would anyone know where I could find a version?

  16. Rob said,

    January 31, 2008 at 9:15 am

    I put a basic tab of Raleigh and Spencer (aka Rylan Spencer etc.) on my webpage: http://enyepa.110mb.com/index.htm . I arranged it from Tommy Jarrell’s fiddle version. Some tunes don’t sound a lot like the fiddle versions when played solo on banjo, and this is one of them. But I worked really hard to get the basic melody and timing right. If a banjo player plays this version along with TJ’s recording, then (s)he’ll see how close they are. Anyhow, there’s a lot of room for personal adjustments in this tab. I may post an adjusted tab later for this tune later.

    Best wishes,

    • Shannon said,

      October 5, 2016 at 2:10 pm

      Is there another link??? This takes me to a website building page . Really want to learn this one

    • Shannon said,

      January 11, 2017 at 3:06 pm

      How do I get the tabs for Raleigh and Spencer???

  17. ajbadger said,

    January 31, 2008 at 9:53 am


    That is great. Thank you for sharing that with us. I’m gonna go right to you site an check it out.

  18. Hugh said,

    February 5, 2008 at 10:24 am

    Hi, I am trying to find either tabs or chords for a song called “Cornbread and Butterbeans.”

    It appears on a cd from WPAQ called “Voice of the Blue Ridge Mountains” played by the Carolina Sunshine Trio.

    Here is a video of the Caolina Chocolate Drops playing the song:

    Thanks for your help.

  19. ajbadger said,

    February 5, 2008 at 12:41 pm


    Hi! I’ll do some searching on the Internet for this piece and let everyone know what I find.

  20. Mike said,

    March 4, 2008 at 5:49 pm

    I’m looking for a clawhammer version of a mournful tune performed by Waylon Jennings on a cd called Songs of the Civil War. The tune is Rebel Soldier. Thanks.

  21. ajbadger said,

    March 9, 2008 at 1:34 pm

    Mike, I’ll see what I can locate on the Internet.

  22. Mike said,

    April 3, 2008 at 7:15 am

    Thanks. How about a clawhammer banjo tab of the civil war tune, “In the Pines?” I think it was redone by Nirvana or leadbelly or someone like that in recent years.

  23. ajbadger said,

    April 4, 2008 at 3:31 pm


    I’ll give this a look as well. Haven’t had much luck with the other.

  24. Eve said,

    May 3, 2008 at 11:14 am

    Hi Al!

    I too am searching for a clawhammer banjo tab of “In the Pines.” I am also looking for one of “the storms are on the ocean.” Thank you for your help and this great site!


  25. ajbadger said,

    May 3, 2008 at 2:30 pm


    Hello! I have been looking for this. Not much success yet, but I’ll keep an eye peeled for these.

    • Dana said,

      October 13, 2010 at 7:10 pm

      Learn the scale of the Key you are playing the song in and explore.

  26. kathy said,

    May 5, 2008 at 1:17 pm

    Looking for variations on Soldier’s Joy and Arkansas Traveller, thanks! Kathy

  27. ajbadger said,

    May 5, 2008 at 6:57 pm


    Hello! Check Bluesage Band (Mike Iverson) materials. He has two variations from Soldier’s Joy and a nice version of Arkansas Traveller.

  28. kathy said,

    May 6, 2008 at 4:30 am

    got ’em, thanks! Kathy

  29. kathy said,

    May 7, 2008 at 4:27 am

    Now I need Git Along Little Dogies in double C tuning, anyone? Kathy

  30. ajbadger said,

    May 7, 2008 at 11:36 am


    I know that Bluesage Band (Mike Iverson) materials has this in G. I’ll need to do some search to see if I can locate on in double C tuning. If anyone else know of some, let us know.

  31. Clifford Davis said,

    June 7, 2008 at 5:18 pm

    I am looking and have been looking for some time for Ralph Stanley’s My Long Skinny Lanky Sarah Jane in any tab whether it be Scruggs style ,clawhammer what have you

  32. ajbadger said,

    June 8, 2008 at 1:10 pm


    I’ll do a search and let you know if I find anything.

  33. Geir S Hansen said,

    June 24, 2008 at 2:23 pm

    I am looking for clawhammer Tab, to “riddle song” or “I gave my love a sherry”

    Can someone help?


  34. ajbadger said,

    June 26, 2008 at 2:37 pm

    Ken Perlman’s book “Clawhammer Style Banjo” has a good version of this tune. I haven’t found anything on the Internet but will keep looking.

  35. Kate said,

    July 3, 2008 at 2:58 pm


    I’m looking for the tab “Which Side Are You On” by Pete Seeger.

  36. ajbadger said,

    July 7, 2008 at 9:24 am


    I accidentially deleted my response to you, so here is a redo of what I said.

    Pete Seeger has his own style that is not classified as clawhammer. (See the following of Pete Seeger teaching banjo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9EZ9RlyOr4)

    The focus of this site is clawhammer, and I will search for “Which Side Are You On,’ tabbed using that technique. Of course, if I do find a Pete Seeger technique tabbed out for this tune, I will let you know that too.

  37. Andrea said,

    July 22, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    hi, do you have any of the tab for the clawhammer songs by Gillian Welch?

  38. ajbadger said,

    July 24, 2008 at 6:20 am


    I’ll take a look and let you know if I find anything on the Internet.

  39. July 26, 2008 at 12:57 pm

    Looking for that” Gillian Welch” stuff as well. Had no luck anywhere!

  40. ajbadger said,

    August 7, 2008 at 2:49 pm


    Hi! I am still looking for it, but have not had much luck so far.

  41. Rob said,

    August 10, 2008 at 12:06 pm

    Hi Al,
    I’ve been looking all over for a tab of “going across the sea”. I haven’t seen it on any of the usual CH tab websites. Do you know of tab for it?


  42. ajbadger said,

    August 10, 2008 at 3:19 pm



    I did some quick searches and found this site: http://thebanjoguy.com/solstice07/tab/goingacrossthesea.html.

    See if that is what you are seeking and let me know. I’ll keep looking in the mean time.

  43. Scott said,

    August 10, 2008 at 6:08 pm

    Your site is awesome and I am sure we all would agree to your extreme generosity in your all the material you have made available including the blog.

    I have been looking for a Sweet Georgia Brown clawhammer tab, but only have found bluegrass versions of it…which I could translate to clawhammer with a little time.

    Just wondering if you have found this tune in your travelings

    Thanks again.


  44. ajbadger said,

    August 11, 2008 at 6:22 am


    Give me a few days to see what I can find.

  45. Scott said,

    August 12, 2008 at 9:06 am


  46. gp simmons said,

    September 23, 2008 at 7:23 pm

    Hello, I just stumbled across this site and wow! This is great! I have been searching for tab for “Satan, your kingdom must come down,” but so far have been unable to find anything. Can you help me?
    Many thanks,

  47. ajbadger said,

    September 26, 2008 at 8:23 pm


    Thanks. I did some quick searches and didn’t have much luck. I’ll keep looking and let you know if I find anything.

  48. Mike said,

    September 28, 2008 at 11:47 am

    Do you know of a source for Clawhammer Tab for more modern music? CLassic Rock, Pop, things you would not ordinarily expect to find…..

  49. ajbadger said,

    September 28, 2008 at 2:26 pm



    I tend to find samplings of some modern music, in several sites. MIke Iverson does a nice job with some blues pieces at http://www.bluesageband.com/Tabs.html. Banjo Hangout as a good deal of materials, though most of it is not in clawhammer. I’ll keep my eyes open though. If I see any site more devoted to what you describe, I’ll let you know.

  50. Scott Wakefield said,

    October 26, 2008 at 3:13 pm

    I’m looking for some songs performed by The New Lost City Ramblers – in particular:
    “Eyes Are Blue, or What Do We Do With the Baby-O”,
    “Soldier, Soldier”,
    “Beware, Oh Take Care”

    Also, Michael Cooney plays a tune called “Figure it Out” that my kids love, and I can’t quite figure out how to play it.


    • EricFlatpick said,

      March 1, 2012 at 1:57 pm

      Well, you know what Michael would say to that! ^_^ Don’t know that tune, actually. Has he recorded it?

  51. ajbadger said,

    November 5, 2008 at 3:01 pm


    Thanks for the note. Let me do some web searching and see what I come up with.

  52. ajbadger said,

    November 5, 2008 at 3:11 pm


    Check out this site. It says it has “Beware, Oh Take Care”

    I’ll keep looking for the others.

  53. Scott Wakefield said,

    November 7, 2008 at 6:41 pm

    Thanks! Great website!

  54. Jim said,

    November 8, 2008 at 6:48 am

    I’m looking for clawhammer tab for Darling Cory, anyone have one they could share?

  55. November 11, 2008 at 6:05 am

    i’m learning clawhammer after picking for many years and the subtlety and expressiveness revelation to me. wish id started years ago.
    ,i love this version of paddy on the turnpike…dont know who the guy is, does anyone know?
    ive tried to learn it. but am stumped b y the second part up the neck…how does he do that…anyone know??

  56. keith morris said,

    November 14, 2008 at 10:30 pm

    hi, i was looking for a clawhammer tab of “foggy mountain breakdown”. cheers.

  57. ajbadger said,

    November 15, 2008 at 7:28 am


    I have a version that Mike Iverson once shared on his website for free download. However, I do not see it there any more, and he might have a good reason for taking it down.

    You might consider contacting him to see if he is still willing to share it. I will ask if I can share what I downloaded as well. However, I will need the OK from him before I share what I have. In the mean time, I will keep looking for what is for download.


  58. keith morris said,

    November 15, 2008 at 6:23 pm

    cheers aj, look forward to hearing from you. great site by the way.

  59. keith said,

    December 23, 2008 at 7:12 am

    Is there anyone on here that is from swansea, wales, uk, that may know of any banjo clubs, or any contact info that might help me out to find likeminded people ? I cant seem to find any !!!! LOL. Ive been playing now for a year, but know id get a lot better if i could find others in my area of the world to play and exchange tips with !
    Cheers, keith.

  60. doug urquhart said,

    January 11, 2009 at 11:01 am

    looking for fairly simple clawhammer tab for sandy river belle, angeline the baker, going across the sea, and soldier’s joy. have already checked the common websites.

    many thanks for any direction

  61. ajbadger said,

    January 12, 2009 at 3:34 am

    Doug Urquhart says: looking for fairly simple clawhammer tab for sandy river belle, angeline the baker, going across the sea, and soldier’s joy. have already checked the common websites.

    Al replies: Mike Iverson’s site has some excellent tabs for Angeline the Baker and Soldier’s Joy. Try these sites for Sandy River Belle:


    Advanced version found at: http://www.banjohangout.org/w/tab/browse/m/byletter/v/S

  62. Ed Sonnenthal said,

    January 15, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    Looking for clawhammer tab for “Rocky Island”

  63. January 17, 2009 at 7:40 am

    Al !
    Nice site. Lots of stuff I must check out. Glad we got back in touch, what is thirtytwo years after all…..

  64. ajbadger said,

    January 18, 2009 at 5:19 am

    Thanks, Lars, and of course, 32 years is just a drop in the bucket. By the way, I really liked the music on your site. How long has your band been together?

  65. John Holbrook said,

    January 28, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    Looking for tab to “Things in Life” by Don Stover. Anybody know where I can find it?

  66. ajbadger said,

    February 2, 2009 at 10:20 am


    I’ve been looking for it, but not much luck on the initial search. I’ll keep you posted.

  67. Debra Taylor said,

    February 22, 2009 at 11:41 am

    Looking for guitar and Banjo chords to Gilian Welchs “One Morning”

    • Jason said,

      September 5, 2011 at 8:53 am

      Dave Rawlings capo 9 Am7 G
      Gillian Welch Capo 4 banjo G string to F#? play Dm C

  68. Peter said,

    February 22, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    Anybody know of a tab for “All I Want” (I Don’t Want Your Millions Mister) by the Almanac Singers?
    Thank you,


    March 15, 2009 at 5:34 am

    looking for claw hammer, “HUNT THE BUFFALO” and “BEEN ALL AROUND THIS WORLD”

    • February 2, 2010 at 11:06 am

      HI Funny, but just last night I figured out tab for Hunt the Buffalo.
      Also, I have your 2nd tune somewhere around here. If still
      interested give me a jingle at dhavlena@gmail.com & I’ll send
      Dennis Havlena

  70. Mimi said,

    March 23, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    I’m also looking for any clawhammer tabs you may have by Gillian Welch, especially “One Morning”.

    Have you had any luck anywhere with this one?

  71. Rob said,

    March 30, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    Thanks for a great site! Anyone know where I might find the tab to Loudon Wainwright’s “The Swimming Song”? (I think he plays that clawhammer style, but I don’t know for certain. Does anyone know for sure?) Also: can “Whiskey in a Jar” be played clawhammer style? Thanks in advance for any help…


    • Jake said,

      July 9, 2010 at 10:50 am

      Hey! Did you ever get that country roads tab? I’m looking for the same thing right now

    • jamie said,

      October 5, 2010 at 6:30 am

      bluedanbob on youtube has a good how video for Whiskey in a Jar.

  72. Susan said,

    April 22, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    Looking for clawhammer tab to Take Me Home Country Roads? Can anybody help this West Virginia girl out?

  73. Bob E said,

    April 28, 2009 at 6:37 am

    Looking for easy clawhammer tabs for “My Oklahoma Home” Thanks, Bob E

  74. Phil Sparks said,

    May 2, 2009 at 4:03 pm


    FYI, my tab for Fred Cockerham’s “Roustabout” is in the Nashville Old-Time String Band Association’s Newsletter for May ’09, page 4.

    Kathy, May 5, ’08, I have a version of “Soldier’s Joy” that includes the alternate A part that Franklin George sometimes uses.

    I’m new to this site (-:

  75. gabe said,

    May 17, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    Hi, anyone know where to find a clawhammer tab for “Pretty Saro” or “Wayfaring Stranger”? Been looking for both for a while. Thanks,

    • lilli said,

      September 17, 2009 at 2:30 am

      Hey sarah, did you find any tabs for Karen Dalton songs?? Would love to find some myself.

  76. Sarah said,

    May 20, 2009 at 2:12 am


    I’m looking for some banjo tabs or chords for these songs. Can anyone help me?

    Little Birdie – Pete Seeger
    Same Old Man – Karen Dalton
    Katie Cruel – Karen Dalton

    • lilli said,

      September 17, 2009 at 2:31 am

      sorry, posted this in the wrong place first!

      Hey Sarah, did you find any tabs for Karen Dalton songs?? I’d love to find some myself.

      • Jason said,

        September 5, 2011 at 8:54 am

        me too.

  77. allison said,

    June 6, 2009 at 8:27 am

    Hi! You’re awesome! Wondering if you have any suggestions for finding tabs for The Beatles, specifically “I Will”. I’ve also tried looking for it under Alison Krauss, since she covered it. Thanks SO much!

  78. Dee said,

    June 29, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    Looking for frailing tab for I Saw The Light

  79. Bill Williams said,

    July 5, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    Would like tab sheet music for On The Other Side by Dailey & Vincent.


    July 15, 2009 at 10:54 am

    anyone seen clawhammer tab for,”WHITEFACE”

  81. David C. Clark said,

    August 19, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    You have a great site for us beginners (started about 3 mos. ago). Keep up the good work.

  82. danielle said,

    August 21, 2009 at 1:41 am

    hey all,

    Has anyone seen a tab of I Wish I Was a Mole in the Ground? There used to be one available on the net a few years back but damned if it hasn’t disappeared.


    • JJB said,

      February 7, 2011 at 10:59 pm


      If you’re still looking for tabs for Mole in the Ground, I can tab out a simple version for you if you’re willing to reply with an email address. If not, you can find a two finger version (on which I based my ch version) here.


      Hope that helps.

  83. lilli said,

    September 17, 2009 at 2:29 am

    hey, great site!!!

    do you have any tabs for “500 miles away from home”, the Hedy West tune?
    Can’t find anything for clawhammer banjo, only guitar tabs, would be happy if anybody could help!


  84. Sarah said,

    September 26, 2009 at 10:46 am

    I work out “Nebraska,” a while back. I had sheet music with the melody and peiced it together that way.

  85. Gary said,

    October 25, 2009 at 9:00 am

    I am looking banjo tabs for THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND, HEY GOOD LOOKING or any Bob DYLan or contemparary music thanks for any help Gary

    • ajbadger said,

      October 25, 2009 at 9:14 am

      I believe Mike Iverson’s website has this tune for your playing pleasure.

  86. Sarah said,

    October 30, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    I was wondering if you ever found a clawhammer tab for “Cornbread and Butterbeans?” Someone asked for it a while back, and I would love to have it too.

  87. Jeremy said,

    November 27, 2009 at 1:25 am

    Hey there’s a gorgeous old time tune called “say darlin say”
    Funnily enough Billy Connolly does a great version of it on YouTube.
    Does anyone have a tab for this?

  88. Dusty said,

    November 29, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    Hi, can you point me in the direction of Single Girl, Married Girl?

  89. paul parker said,

    December 20, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    i am learing to play clawhamer banjo would like tofind clawhamer banjo tabiture for i” fly away

  90. paul parker said,

    December 21, 2009 at 7:52 am

    i:fly away

  91. Sarah said,

    January 19, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    Does anyone have clawhammer tabs for the song “Say Darlin’ Say”? I would love to have them

  92. Raymond Coker said,

    January 19, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    Looking for a tab for CH banjo Nellie Grey

  93. jim said,

    February 11, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    I’m looking for clawhammer tab arrangement for “the Rocky Road to Dublin”. Does anyone know where I can find it ? Thanks.

  94. jim said,

    February 11, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    I am looking for clawhammer tablature for “The Rocky Road to Dublin”. Any suggestions ?

    • Steve said,

      July 8, 2010 at 11:53 am

      I’m also looking for a good arraingment. And I can’t find one.

  95. LyleK said,

    March 8, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    Hi ajbadger,
    Would it be possible to get the link to my page-o-tabs changed to http://lylewk.home.comcast.net/~lylewk/ ? The URL you have is an old one that I can neither update nor delete.

  96. ajbadger said,

    March 10, 2010 at 6:43 am


    I modified the link as you requested.

  97. JusJ said,

    March 16, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    I’m looking for a tab to a version of City of New Orleans that was on Songbook, vol.IV -?…..I think!….great pickin, what style is it?

  98. agfay said,

    March 23, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    I’ve been trying to track down the clawhammer tab for the riff on Glory Bound by the Wailin Jennys. Would love to be able to play it. Thanks in advance for the help!

    • Sarah said,

      December 5, 2010 at 7:57 am

      agfay did you ever find the clawhammer tabs for Glory Bound? I would love to have them if you did.

  99. Paul said,

    March 30, 2010 at 11:10 am


    Looking for a clawhammer for Hava Nagila. Someone as just posted a version on Youtube on a Cello Banjo – brilliant! I’d love to play this on my standard banjo.


    • Paul said,

      March 31, 2010 at 5:27 am


      Found my Hava Nagila tab here:

      Great site! Is there a search engine??


  100. JamesD said,

    April 21, 2010 at 3:29 am

    I’m looking for a simple (Beginner) tab for “Old Joe Clark” in g tuning. So far I’ve just got the opening rif from rpeek on youtube. It starts first string open, fifth open, 1st string second fret, 5th O, 1st S 3rd F, 5th O, 1st S 2nd F, 5th O, 1st S Open, 5th O, 2nd S 1st F, 5th O, 2nd S O. This is nice and simple, easy to pick out for a beginner. Any help with the rest of the tune?


  101. Dylan Wright said,

    April 28, 2010 at 1:06 am

    I’m actually looking for a good jumping off point (at least) for leading the Beatles’ “I Will” also covered by Allison K. I have to play it in a wedding VERY soon on the mandolin or a mandobanjo. Any direction would be greatly appriciated!
    Please respond to legrie@yahoo.com ( i don’t know how this posting thing works:))

  102. Jack Beefus said,

    May 11, 2010 at 3:09 pm


    I’m having trouble finding clawhammer tabs for “Short Life of Trouble” and was wondering if you could help. Either way, thanks.

    • joel said,

      May 13, 2011 at 4:31 am

      i can tab it out for you if you like. reply and let me know if you are still looking.

      • Jack Beefus said,

        May 13, 2011 at 10:10 pm

        Thanks. I eventually went and got it figured out for myself, but if it isn’t too much trouble I wouldn’t mind seeing what you came up with. I always have things to learn. Thanks again.

      • Jack Beefus said,

        May 24, 2011 at 1:58 am

        Sure, I’d appreciate that. I went ahead and figured it out myself, but I’d like to see what you came up with. Thanks.


  103. railroad derek said,

    June 4, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    hey im looking for any uncle dave macoon banjo tabs i would really like to have way down the old plank road and if any one has or knows where some docc boggs tunes i have only been able to find suger baby let me thanks

    • Jack Beefus said,

      July 21, 2011 at 10:19 pm

      I found a version of Pretty Polly, but the tab is for a two finger version. The good news is that it’s pretty easily converted to clawhammer. Scroll down till you get to the g minor section. Hope it helps.


  104. June 29, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    Hello-Great page! I am looking for the the tab for “Ode to Joy”-Clawhammer.
    Thank you.

  105. Becky Z said,

    August 25, 2010 at 7:14 am

    Hi! I’ve been searching for clawhammer tab for Dirk Powell’s version of “Little Satchel,” can’t even find what tuning it’s in much less some tab. Any suggestions would be appreciated! 🙂

    Thanks so much,

  106. Dana said,

    October 13, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    I have a great version. Tabbed and available. Let me know and I will scan and send.

    • Lewis M Robison said,

      September 11, 2011 at 6:41 pm

      I, also would like a clawhammer tab for cornbread and butter beans. If you have the lyrics they would be helpfur also.

  107. Dana said,

    October 13, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    I have one. met Dan personally. Good man. Try, Elderly for a copy of the book. His book is super. CD included.

  108. David Payne said,

    October 14, 2010 at 6:53 am

    You will a number of versions at my website under color tab



  109. Sarah M. said,

    October 22, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    “Bury me beneath the willows” ?

  110. Tom Joad said,

    November 9, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    I have just posted a tablature of Sandy River Belle (G Tuning) at:


    There is also a tabledit and midi file so you can hear it.

  111. Art said,

    December 8, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    I’m wondering if anyone has version of “Take me home country roads” in clawhammer?

  112. scot wilson said,

    December 23, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    Im looking for two claw hammer banjo tunes: hunt the buffalo and walking boss. I have looked everywhere and can’t any tab on these songs. I know that clarence ashley sung” walking boss”but that is all. If anyone knows where to find these song please e mail me. Thank you

  113. Matt said,

    March 2, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    I’m looking for tabs to the song Sweet Sunny South, another name for it may be Take Me Home.


  114. Banjo Pickin' Mama said,

    June 6, 2011 at 7:49 pm


    I am looking for licks and fills that I can use when improvising and writing tunes. Does there exist some kind of collection of this kind of thing?

  115. Jill Zinszer said,

    June 16, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    Hi did anyone find tabs for “Say Darlin’ Say” or
    “Little Satchel” ??? Thanks!!!

  116. steampunk said,

    July 22, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    The info is hugely nice. I’m recurrently a wordless reader but pressured me to draft this time. splendid post.

  117. Tim said,

    October 17, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    Looking for tab of Turkey in the straw in G. Have found a couple on the net which are either so simplistic I cannot identify the melody, or in a tuning which is to challenging for my skills.

  118. Lauren said,

    October 21, 2011 at 7:38 am

    Does anyone have the tab for Martha Scanlan’s “Little Bird of Heaven”? The banjo intro is really nice?

  119. Jill Zinszer said,

    October 22, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    Ohhh what a great tune! i’d love to learn it! Please oh please, if anyone has it, pass it along!

  120. November 23, 2011 at 12:47 am

    Really helpful

  121. David W said,

    December 8, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Does anyone have tabs and words for Cowboy Annie performed by the Gillette Brothers?

  122. Marvin Crone said,

    January 13, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    I would love to find a clawhammer tab for “Lorena”

  123. Rick Park said,

    January 22, 2012 at 2:35 am

    I’d really appreciate help finding the tabs for the version of “say darlin say” that the Scottish comedian Billy Connolly played at the Albert Hall in the 1990’s. Can anyone point me in the right diection or email me the clawhammer music.

    Best wishes to all fellow clawhammerplayers.. from Abergavenny, South Wales in sunny UK. Rick

  124. rob mokry said,

    January 27, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Great Site and thanks for the efforts All!

    Ideas in clawhammer “Don’t Get Trouble On Your Mind”
    and “Cornbread and Butterbeans”?
    Thanks in advance,

  125. bridget said,

    February 12, 2012 at 12:38 am

    wondering please if anyone has tab for there is a time by r dillard and m jayne

  126. Andy said,

    February 15, 2012 at 1:27 am


    I’ve been struggling with Bluegrass for a few months now (getting a long-term bassists fingers to move at speed is just not going to happen) and have decided that I’d be better off heading down the clawhammer route. I have put away my Scruggs tabs and picked up my clawhammer tutor book and CD but would like some recommendation of tunes/players I can put on my iPad for inspiration.

    Best wishes from the UK

    • Arrgh said,

      February 18, 2012 at 1:52 am

      You could give Steve Martin a try. Yes, the comedian, he’s also an amazing banjo player. Some others are Grandpa Jones, Stringbean, Wade Ward, Mike Seeger, Tommy Jarrell, Doc Watson, Ralph Stanley, and of course, the great Uncle Dave Macon. Even Neil Young and Eric Clapton have a few clawhammer songs floating around out there somewhere. Give Old Crow Medicine Show a listen too, they have a bunch of clawhammer songs. Try Worried Mary (open D tuning), Bobcat Tracks (open G tuning) or Don’t Ride That Horse (also in open G). Hope this helps.

    • February 25, 2012 at 8:18 pm

      check out mike iverson’s website. he has tons of great tunes tabbed, and they’re categorized for beginners, intermediate, and advanced players. i would recommend old joe clark as a good beginning tune.

  127. Jamie said,

    February 17, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    Does anyone know if Banjo tab exsists for Norman and Nancy Blakes ‘Jeff Davis’

  128. Elaine said,

    March 4, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Does anyone have clawhammer tablature for Dolly Parton’s song: “Jolene?”

  129. Jon said,

    March 7, 2012 at 7:54 am

    God gave Noah a Rainbow Sign seems to not exist anywhere,
    Looking for a version with some double thumbing in it.

  130. http://newquickweightlossdiets.com said,

    March 20, 2012 at 5:11 am

    I don’t ordinarily comment but I gotta admit regards for the post on this one :D.

  131. Bill Murphy said,

    May 6, 2012 at 6:57 am

    I am looking for a simple tab version of Cold Frosty Morning and the Cuckoo thanks

  132. May 6, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    Does anyone have tab for clawhammer style snowdrop?

  133. David Payne said,

    May 6, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    Its in Zepp music, bottom of left hand menu.

  134. May 8, 2012 at 10:45 am

    Does anyone have tabs for snowdrop?

  135. Barry said,

    May 23, 2012 at 6:06 am

    Does anyone know of clawhammer tab for Life is like a mountain railway or railway to heaven?

  136. mat said,

    June 16, 2012 at 7:28 am

    Please does anyone have a tab for ‘as time draws near’

  137. June 16, 2012 at 7:50 am

    Hi, sorry didn’t know if my last comment went through 🙂 does anyone know where I could get the clawhammer tab for ‘as time draws near’?
    many thanks

  138. Tim said,

    July 15, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Would like a tab for Shendoah, preforable in the key of C.


  139. Mike said,

    August 1, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    Hello a clawhammer tab for turkey in the straw would be great thanks

  140. Arrgh said,

    November 21, 2012 at 1:25 am

    Hi. I found some tab for you, part 1, anyway. Here it is, maybe it’ll help.

  141. Carl Fowler said,

    December 14, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    This is the only tab I can find anyplace on the web. Hope it helps. Carl

    I couldn’t find any tabs of this song so I decided to make one. Its one of the songs I wanted to learn when I first started playing banjo. I hope this helps some people. If you have any improvements to make, please feel free to do so. I haven’t tabbed Dave Rawlings’s guitar playing in the song, just given some chords. Banjo is played claw hammer style.

    Guitar has a capo on 2 and is basically just a repeat of A and C (or what is actually B and D because of capo) with a bit of stompin’ beat to it.

    ~ my first lover my first lover a c a c a c a c

    Banjo Tab:

    Capo on 4. Standard tuning except for the 5th string which needs to be tuned up to A.

    My First Lover———–

    |—intro—| |———repeat——————–| D|-0—-0—0—–0-(0)-0—–0–0–0—–0-(0)-0————-| B|-0–3-0—0-0h3-3–0–0—–0–0–0-0h3-3–0–0————-| G|-0—-0—0-0h3-3–0–0-(0)-0–0–0-0h3-3–0–0————-| D|-0—-0-3-0—–0–0–0–3-(3)-0–0—–0–0–0————-| A|—————–0—–0—–0—–0—–0—–0————|

    Little instrumental bit after chorus, and the same for the end of the song:

    D|——0-0—–0—-0———| B|—-3-1-1-1h3-3–0-0———| G|——–0-0h3-3–0-0———| D|-0——0—–0—-0———| A|———0—–0—–0——-|

    Tabbed by Josh

    On Fri, Dec 14, 2012 at 7:55 PM, Clawhammer Banjo Tabs wrote:

    > ** > P. Wilkinson commented: “Anyone know where I can get banjo tab for > Gillian Welch’s ‘My first lover’? I’m just starting out so be gentle! > Heronlady.”

  142. robmokry said,

    April 13, 2013 at 6:40 am

    California or New Hampshire?

    Ken’s stuff is good but be sure to look at Dan Levensons books.

    But get yourself an instructor at least for 4 months or so you can get real time critique and correct any bad habits before you get set in those ways. There is no substitute for live instruction.

  143. Devin said,

    September 27, 2013 at 7:04 am

    Good day,

    There’s a nice version of Swallowtail Jig on Mike Iverson’s site.


    Enjoy your day!

  144. Jules said,

    May 12, 2016 at 7:48 am

    Hi , I’m Jules and I’m on the tractor seeding canola in Saskatchewan. I’ve been trying to find a few songs that I enjoy that I could play and sing with on my banjo.
    The guy that got me aware or claw hammer style is Willie Watson of old crow, his two songs Mexican cowboy and long john dean are amazing and would be some of my aspirations.

    Atm I’m wondering if it is possible to play “the pills I took by hank williams 3”

    It’s got c,f,c,g,c. F,c,a,a,Bm,c,g

    As a progression .
    Any help and insight into any of these songs would be much appreciated, thanks, Hay to the Sky!

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