There is an ocean of great music to be played on the banjo that’s pretty easy to pick up once you’ve learned the basic techniques. This is why I’m constantly trying to encourage people to explore this ocean fully before moving on to the more complicated stuff (and based on a couple of decades experience playing for others, audiences prefer the simpler stuff).
Case in point – this week’s tune, “Banjo in the Hollow,” was one of the first tunes I learned to play on the banjo. And it’s still one of my favorites to play!
As you’ll note, this arrangement is a Brainjo level 2, so great for tackling fairly early on (and taught early in the Breakthrough Banjo course).
RELATED: Level 2 arrangements are available for many tunes in The Vault.
The tune itself was first released by Doug Dillard in 1964, his personal take on Cripple Creek, hence the similarities. The song perhaps best known for making its way onto the Andy Griffith show, played by the Darlings in an after-supper picking session (and under the name “Tearing Up Your Old Clothes For Rags.”)
“Banjo in the Hollow”
gDGBD tuning, Brainjo level 2 (3 finger banjo)
Recent Banjo Songs and Tabs of the Week:
- Goin’ Down That Road Feelin’ Bad
- Feast Here Tonight
- East Tennessee Blues
- Walking Cane
- Pretty Polly
- Home Sweet Home
- The Miller’s Will
- Shoes & Stockings
- Handsome Molly
- Aint Gonna Work Tomorrow
- Nine Pound Hammer
Notes on the Tab
For more on how to read the tab, click here for the How To Read Banjo Tabs article.