St. Anne’s Reel banjo tab!

Hi again everybody! For you banjo players out there, here’s my arrangement of the jam favorite “St. Anne’s Reel,” for intermediate level students. This arrangement blends melodic and Scruggs styles, exploring positions in the key of D with the fifth string tuned to A. Once you get the hang of that 5 – 7 -9 stretch, it’ll be clear sailing! Enjoy!

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Tab by Bill Evans, key of D, banjo tuning aDGBD

This arrangement mixes melodic and Scruggs techniques in my effort to come up with something that can be remembered and played fast enough to keep up with the fiddle and mandolin players!

 

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2 Responses to St. Anne’s Reel banjo tab!

  1. Jeff Rose says:

    Thanks Bill. This is one of my all time favorite tunes. I play more fiddle now since moving to South Carolina from upper New York State but I backed up fiddlers for many years on banjo as a member of New York State Old Tyme Fiddlers Association. I used this tuning (with the high G up two frets) alot for the numerous D-tunes that were played, playing off out of the D chord and doing this worked very well for me. As you probably know, this tune is a popular tune in Canada as well as New England. I just bought ‘Jamming Essentials’, which I consider a masterpiece of instruction, and am having my bluegrass band study it.

  2. Bill says:

    Thanks Jeff! Like “Cherokee Shuffle,” “Gold Rush,” and “Big Sciota,” this tune has a few sections where the melody moves slowly enough to utilize roll-based ideas, which you’ll see especially in my arrangement of the tune’s first section. For me, this makes it a lot easier to play! I hope you enjoy it!

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