Fingerstyle Banjo Song and Tab of the Week: “Waterbound”

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“Waterbound” is one of my absolute favorite banjo songs for playing and singing.

When played in old-time jams as a fiddle tune, it’s most commonly played in the key of A. However, when playing it solo, freed from the sawstroker’s oppression, we can play it wherever we see fit! In this case, in the key of G.

Of course, if you learn this arrangement in standard G, the simple addition of a capo at the 2nd fret will put you into the jam-friendly key.

This song also works and sounds great played in 2-finger style, especially at a relaxed tempo. I’ll be posting the tab-walkthroughs for both the above and the 2-finger versions in the Breakthrough Banjo tune tutorial archive on March 8 (click here to see the list of tunes and songs currently in The Vault).


gDGBD tuning, Brainjo level 3 (3 finger banjo)

Banjo Tab for Waterbound part 1

Banjo Tab for Waterbound part 2

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Notes on the Tab

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