“Monroe, the Mandolin Picker” – Poetic Verse – NEW! – 2020

Monroe the Mandolin Picker…


Monroe was a mandolin picker,
To the jams he often would go…
He charted his chords, rhymed all his words,
How fast his fingers could go!

He chopped with the best, never missing a rest…
Til smoke would come from his fingers…
Hot licks would emerge, in even a dirge,
And the legend of Bill still lingers…

Hornpipes and breakdowns, waltzes and strathspeys,
Tablature and playing by ear…
The locals all loved him, held no one above him,
To him they would all raise a beer!

Til one night, quite late, he was leaving a jam,
And walking the wooded way, too…
He spied a big bear, who also spied him,
And the chase of his life did ensue!

Bill ran through the creek and across several fields,
With the bear breathing right down his neck!
He ran up a hill, jumped over a log,
Looked behind him, the bear, for to check…

Just at that moment, a tree he did hit,
It knocked him complete-uh-ly out…
And when he awoke, it was these words he spoke,
As the stars spun around and about…

“Where, oh, where did the big bear go?”
“Thought for certain he’d catch up with me!”
“I never ran so hard in all of my life…”
“That is, til I met this here tree!”…

He picked himself up, his head being sore,
He stumbled, but steadied his gate…
Thanking the Lord, he did not forget,
He’d almost been by the bear, ate!

He came to his senses and realized at once,
Off in the distance he heard a musical din…
“Could it be?”, Monroe said to himself,
“That bear stole my good mandolin!”…

Now, that is the legend, the story it goes,
We’ll never know if it’s actually true…
But the words on his stone, speak a somber-ish tone,
From the tombstone and now here to you…

“Listen young fellas, and lasses beware…”
“Of the story I swear is so true…”
“The bear that chased and caught up with me…”
“Is standing right now behind you!”

Tom Arri, 1/10/2020

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“Whiskey in the Jar” – Traditional – Fiddle, Banjo, Mandolin & Bass SOLOS! – 2020

A new posting of an older arrangement. Features 4 different instruments playing lead.    Tom 1/8/2020


  1. Whiskey in the Jar – Traditional – Fiddle, Banjo, Mandolin & Bass

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“Crawdad Song” – Traditional – BANJO & MANDOLIN – NEW!

  1. Crawdad Song (Fishin’ Hole Song) – Traditional – BANJO & MANDOLIN

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“Angeline the Baker” – Traditional (Stephen Foster) – NEW! – BANJO & MANDOLIN – (Key of D)…

The banjo part is actually in C, but capo’d at the second fret… Tom


  1. Angeline the Baker – Traditional (Stephen Foster) – BANJO & MANDOLIN

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“Old Time River Man” – John Hartford – NEW! – BANJO & MANDOLIN – 2020

I took a Hartford Banjo Solo that I’d arranged for Brian Heinold, an old friend from my days a Music Folk, in St. Louis, and added a Mandolin track to it. The banjo part remains unchanged, but I updated everything else in the arrangement, i.e., the back-up, the bass, I added percussion for playback and lastly, a new track for back-up fiddle (only matters in the playback)… Enjoy, Tom Arri, alias BanjoTom2


  1. Old Time River Man – John Hartford – BANJO & MANDOLIN

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The “STYLE of Tabs” Found On This Site – NEW! – 2020…

The style of banjo that I play is based on Earl Scrugg’s Bluegrass style of banjo. In other words, darned near every tab on this site is based on roll patterns played with 3 fingers and thumb and metal finger picks.

There are NO CLAWHAMMER tabs anywhere on my site as I do not play that style.

I never set out to mis-lead anyone and that is the reason for this post.

I play:

  • Flatpicked and Fingerstyle guitar,
  • Bluegrass style 5-string banjo,
  • Old-time and Bluegrass style mandolin and
  • Old-time fiddle. No clawhammer style banjo.

If you’re planning on purchasing any tabs from me, please remember that they are ‘roll-based’, not clawhammer-based banjo tabs.

I hope you’re having a great 2020!

Happy New Year!

Sincerely,

Tom Arri, alias BanjoTom2

ME AND RED ELECTRIC BANJO - 2 - 2019

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“You Angel You” – Bob Dylan (Performed by the Manfred Mann Earth Band) – BANJO & MANDOLIN – NEW! – 2019

I’m a fan of Bob Dylan’s music, especially the folk-sounding stuff. There are bands out there such as Manfred Mann’s Earth Band that have taken certain Dylan songs and, in my opinion, turned out a better, happier-sounding recording than old Bob. I’m not knocking Bob, just noticing what other talented folks have been able to do with his immense song-writing skills. This arrangement is introduced with a BANJO INTRO and the Banjo then backs up and plays fill-in licks here and there for the rest of the tune. The mandolin is featured in the Vocal & Rhythm tracks. There are a few mandolin fill-in licks, but a fairly decent straight out MANDOLIN SOLO at the end… This arrangement prints 17 pages, so please check your paper and ink/toner supply BEFORE committing to print this monster out! Tom – 12/29/2019


  1. You Angel You – Bob Dylan (Performed by the Manfred Mann Earth Band)

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“He Stopped Loving Her Today” – George Jones – BANJO – UPDATED – 2019

I took a banjo arrangement I’d done back in 2010 and updated the banjo back-up (roll patterns and licks used to support the melody), totally re-did the bass according to my recent work, replaced the keyboard back-up with fiddle back-up and lastly, replaced the rhythm banjo with rhythm mandolin… The percussion track has also been re-done. I also posted this arrangement to the Mando Hangout where I’ve been posting much of my recent mandolin and mando-banjo work. Tom


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“Animals in Heaven?” – (Joke)…

A farmer came in from the field and was having lunch with his family.

His little girl loved all the animals on the farm.

They had cows and horses, pigs, chickens and the like.

The daughter asked, “Daddy… are there horses in Heaven?”…

“Yes, my dear, there ARE horses in Heaven… and other animals as well”, replied her father.

“How can we be sure, daddy?”, the girl asked…

“Well… “, says the father, “We KNOW there are cats in Heaven!”…

“Cats, daddy?”, responds the daughter…

“Yes cats! Where do you think they get the strings for the harps?”

 

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“Angels We Have Heard On High” – MANDOLIN & BANJO – NEW! – 2019

  1. Angels We Have Heard On High – Traditional Christmas

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