The Ballad Of Jed Clampett banjo tabs by Earl Scruggs provided at Tabs- , a large collection of guitar tabs, chords and lyrics. I have been learning the Ballad of Jed Clampett from Earl Scruggs book It’s murder learning banjo tunes from tab, especially for a beginner. Ballad of Jed Clampett. Genre: Country Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time Key: G Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD) Difficulty: Beginner.

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Don’t let the video of Don playing this fool you. I am playing it reasonably well but I don’t think it is the known version or a backup. My playing is not brilliant so please don’t laugh to much. The fret number you see in the shaded box is the suggested note ballae play should you elect to strike the string.

See if that helps. If you would like access to all the songs feel free to take advantage of this sale for BHO members only. We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. It was about a poor mountain family who strike it rich by finding oil on their property, and naturally end up moving to Beverly Hills, California to be amongst fell rich folk.

Clawhammer Tune and Tab of the Week: “The Ballad of Jed Clampett”

You end up with a bunch of random notes instead of a song. They some pointed remarks about not needing a capo. I advise as strongly as possible, listen to the record and try to play along with it in A.


My nephew and I spent an afternoon listening and disecting it to huge success, really made it clear. Hope that clears it up! Originally posted by dickeybow69 Unfortunately I do not have the Earl Scruggs cd to listen to it, but know the tune well.

I have played it slower and faster.

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Please check out the videos. I am txb stranger to music and know a tune when I hear it, even better at that are my wife who used to sing in a gospel group and my nephew who is a super banjo player, and they cannot identify it!! My jaw drops every week when you put out a new video.

Well that version of ballad of Jed C was fantastic.

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Thanks Tommy 5 I will try emphasising the quarter notes. I had the same problem when I was first starting, and I’m sure we’re not alone. I agree with all the previous comments, in particular with a banjo on my knee the listeners expect to hear Jed Clampett and Dueling Banjos.

To ” The old timer “, it is in A in the Earls book that I have and your comment about using tab for hints also helped. With the BHO tqbs you have a couple different versions of how the song can be played, and if oou are having a problem with a particular phrase sometimes substituting one from a jex tab will help you through the bajo.

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The song is a lot faster than people think, too, when you listen to the record. Thanks all once again. The tab in the Scruggs book is a transcription of what Earl played on the Columbia recording that Lester Flatt sang on. If you continue, we will assume that you agree to our privacy policy which includes details of cookie usage. A great job made of this tune. Thanks ‘blamethebanjo’ I will try to record myself playing it and attempt to post it!


There are lots of these folks who can tell exactly what you need to do to get the desired effect. I learned this tune from Earl’s book and had the same problem for a while.

Which is great mind you, but is it possible to see the tab without pestering you for email? And it’s obvious that they are playing along with a recording because they are out of sync with the music and what Don is doing in the video is not what he is doing in the recording. To ” oldfox ” speeding up my playing of it once I had sussed out the tab made it identifiable, cheers.

Then shifted into breakdown gear for the voice over. I saw the new one for the first time a couple of weeks ago and it seems much easier to read.

That forward backward roll I think threw me off at first. Keep up the great work. Did you get my email that included links to the PDF and Tabledit versions of the tabs?