Tab: Little Birdie, as recorded by The Stanley Brothers

I went to the Oxford Bluegrass and Old Time/Appalachian music jam last Thursday, and had a really cool time. There just a really nice bunch of guys, who welcomed my mate Tom and Me with open arms. Most of what I they played I was not too familiar with, but then I am new to this game. However I was able to play along easily and take the odd solo. I also got asked to play and sing a song, and choose Down Beside The Ohio, the Obray Ramsey way, and it went down really well. Anyway, I should get to the point, that being, how to play Little Birdie.

I was put onto this song by a Mandolin player at the Bluegrass jam, and agreed to learn it for next time. I quickly scoured the Internet for a tab or a YouTube video, but was unable to find a version similar to the Stanley Brothers version. However I found out that it was in drop C tuning, and I could hear it was obviously frailed. Next I figured the chords, C and G, that’s easy, but its really fast! Next the melody, then worked on mixing it all together, and here you have it, enjoy!




Note that the verses are the same as the instrumental breaks minus the melody.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for taking the time to share the tab. I've just started learning the banjo so will keep an eye on your blog.


    ( probably not your kind of thing!)


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