Tom Adams Banjo Lessons and Tabs

Hardrock, Coco, and Joe


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Tom Adams - vocals, banjo, guitar, mandolin
Marshall Wilborn - acoustic bass

Recorded the week of November 20, 2016

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Hardrock, Coco, and Joe is the delightful tale of three of Santa's most beloved helpers as they journey round the world on Christmas Eve.

"It's great to hear Tom share his insider's knowledge of how Santa is able to both guide his sled *and* get the presents delivered! Tom's gift to us is getting to hear his wonderful banjo again, not to mention his first-ever on-record recitation! Look out Gene Autry!"  Bill Evans

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Tab for East Virginia Blues

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Transcribed from live recordings, you get 7 banjo breaks from 5 different shows by J.D. Crowe.

8.26.2016 You get banjo tab transcribed from:
1969 and 1971 - J.D. Crowe and the Kentucky Mountain Boys
1974, 1975 and ca. 2003-09 - J.D. Crowe and the New South

This collection of tabs will give you the opportunity to study the playing of the legendary J.D. Crowe in particular but in a more general sense you'll see and hear how professional banjo players vary the notes within their breaks. All seven breaks are clearly "East Virginia Blues" as Crowe, over a 40-year span of live recordings, builds each break on the same interpretation of the melody.

As you compare these 7 banjo breaks, you'll clearly hear the main theme stated in each break and you'll notice the various licks that are inserted that make each break unique.

2 of the 7 breaks are from performances where Crowe gets to play a second banjo break just before the final vocal verse of "East Virginia Blues". You'll hear how he takes a "hotter" solo than the one he used to open the song.

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Tab for a Dozen Cabin Songs

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- Blue Ridge Cabin Home
- Little Cabin Home On The Hill
- My Cabin In Caroline
- Cabin On A Mountain
- Cabin Of Love
- Moonlight On My Cabin
- Little Old Log Cabin In The Lane
- An Old Log Cabin For Sale
- Dreaming Of A Little Cabin
- Cabin On The Hill
- Lord, Build Me A Cabin
- Where No Cabins Fall

8.18.2016 You get one full banjo break for each of these 12 bluegrass and bluegrass gospel classics. Click the video to hear the melody of the songs on which these banjo tabs are based:

You'll be ready to get your Cabin on at the next jam with this 12-pack of banjo tabs. The tabs are based on the melody of the song rather than being a transcription of any particular player's banjo solo.

All songs in G Tuning.

You get a PDF and a TablEdit TEF for each song.

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Skype Banjo Lessons

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  Openings available weekdays and weekends

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Best-Selling Video Lesson

  75-minute DVD comes with 80 pages of tablature and descriptive notes
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  Buy the online version to stream or download the video file

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Tom Adams Model 5-String Banjo by Davis Banjo & Inlay

  Select Mahogany neck with modified Wreath pattern
  Memphis Belle Flat Head Tone Ring; 3-Ply Canadian Maple rim
  Nickel Plated Hardware; Rosewood fingerboard

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Banjo Tab Books

  Right Hand Man: 10 traditional tunes
  Adams County Banjo: includes 7 Tom Adams originals.
  Also tab books: Tom with Rhonda Vincent, Audie Blaylock

Tab Books

Banjo Tab

  Bluegrass: Rocky Top, Blue Moon of Kentucky, more
  Classic Country: Last Date, Buckaroo
  Rock: Carolina In My Mind, Listen to the Music

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  Gigs with Linda Lay; Tom on banjo
  Banjo camps and workshops
  Gigs with Bill Emerson; Tom on guitar

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Free Banjo Videos

  100 Free Videos
  Many Up-the-neck Breaks
  Classic Scruggs: Cripple Creek and Foggy Mountain Breakdown

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Springfield Exit CD: That Was Then

  First full album with Tom Adams on banjo since 2004
  Powerful vocals from Linda and David Lay
  Classic JMB rhythm section w/David McLaughlin and Marshall Wilborn

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Tom Adams CD: Adams County Banjo

  Available again from Rounder Records at
  Autographed by Tom
  15 Tunes including 7 Tom Adams originals

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Born in Gettysburg PA, Tom began playing the banjo at age ten. First gaining national recognition as the banjo player for Jimmy Martin & the Sunny Mountain Boys, Tom now plays banjo with Linda Lay and guitar with Bill Emerson.

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Listening Room

MP3s of songs from Tom's column
Adams County Banjo in
Banjo Newsletter magazine

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Starting in 1974 with The Adams Brothers Show, here's a listing of albums and CD compilations that feature Tom.

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