How to You Get Free Tabs for "Dueling Banjos"?


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Free tablature for the song "Dueling Banjos" is available at Chordie.com, E-Chords.com and CountryTabs.com. Chordie offers "Dueling Banjos" tabs for guitar, five-string banjo, plectrum banjo, mandolin and ukulele. Tablature charts at CountryTabs can be printed.

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Arthur “Guitar Boogie” Smith composed "Dueling Banjos" in 1955. The original name of the instrumental piece was “Feuding Banjos.” The first recording of the composition featured Arthur Smith on plectrum banjo and Don Reno on five-string banjo.

Bluegrass band The Dillards performed "Dueling Banjos" on "The Andy Griffith Show" in 1963. "Dueling Banjos" also featured prominently in the 1972 movie "Deliverance." The song was performed by musicians Steve Mandell and Eric Weissberg, not by the actors who weredepicted playing the song. The composer of "Dueling Banjos" did not give permission for the use of the piece, nor was he credited for writing it. Smith successfully won a lawsuit against the filmmakers as a result. "Dueling Banjos" was released as a single in 1973 and spent several weeks on Cashbox, Record World and other pop and country ratings charts.

Tablature, commonly called tab, does not indicate tempo or rhythm. Tab is a musical notation form that indicates relative fingering position, not precise notes. The earliest known tablature notation dates back to the 14th century.

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