Fingerstyle Banjo Song and Tab of the Week: “Rainbow Connection”

Fingerstyle Banjo Song and Tab of the Week: 


There’s a reasonable chance I wouldn’t be a banjo player today were it not for Jim Henson.

Though I grew up in the southern US, I’m pretty sure my first real encounter with the banjo was the iconic opening scene of The Muppet Movie, released in 1979.

The opening notes of “The Rainbow Connection” rival only those of “Dueling Banjos” for the title of the most iconic banjo riff in popular culture. 

That scene, and riff, are certainly my first memories of the banjo, and together planted a love for the instrument that has only grown since.

The banjo played for the song in the movie, and in many Muppets musical numbers thereafter, was a 4-string tenor banjo.

So this version has been adapted for fingerstyle on the five.

The Banjo Player’s Songbook contains over 50 classic banjo songs, and you can grab it for free. Click here to learn more.


gDGBD tuning (capo 2), Brainjo level 3

Rainbow Connection banjo tab part 1

Rainbow Connection banjo tab part 2

Rainbow Connection banjo tab part 3

Rainbow Connection banjo tab part 4

Many more tabs, plus step-by-step video tutorials for how to play them, are available inside the Brekathrough Banjo course, which is now FREE for 30 Days

Click here for a list of songs in The Breakthrough Banjo Vault.

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