It’s the last Tuesday of the Month, which means it is time to update one of my collections.

Below, I’ve drawn up a table of songs I currently play regularly on the 5 String Banjo. I mostly like playing old time music, so the ones I play most often are in that style (especially frailing). I plan to expand out and replace these fairly regularly, but this is a good example of what I am practicing in my day to day.

The first column, Card, is special: As part of my practice, I assign each regular piece to a playing card in one of many decks. This way, if I want to be challenged / practice something randomly, I just draw from a deck and get playing. It is meant to keep me practicing more during practice time, and also to get me to play pieces I would otherwise forget about. I’ll talk more about that in another post sometime.

Enjoy!

Card Title Style Tuning (Capo) Key
DB ♠A Cripple Creek Clawhammer gDGBD [Standard] G Ionian
DB ♠2 Somewhere Over the Rainbow Clawhammer gDGBD G Ionian
DB ♠3 In the Pines Clawhammer gDGBD G Ionian
DB ♠4 Hound Dog Song (You Gotta Quit Kicking My Dog Around) Clawhammer gDGBD (2) D Ionian
DB ♠5 Cornbread and Butterbeans (Carolina Chocolate Drops) Clawhammer gDGBD G Ionian
DB ♠6 Bully of the Town Clawhammer gDGBD G Ionian
DB ♠7 Black Bottom Blues Clawhammer gDGBD G Blues
DB ♠8 Railroad Bill Clawhammer gDGBD C Ionian
DB ♠9 Waltzing Matilda Clawhammer gDGBD G Ionian
DB ♠10 Black Velvet Band Clawhammer gDGBD G Ionian
DB ♠J Wildwood Flower Clawhammer gDGBD C Ionian
DB ♠Q Bully on the Town Clawhammer gDGBD G Ionian
DB ♠K Cluck Old Hen Clawhammer gDGCD [Sawmill] G Dorian
DB ♡A Unlucky Skin (Shakey Graves) Clawhammer gDGBD (7) D Ionian
DB ♡2 Man of Constant Sorrow Clawhammer gDGBD F Ionian
DB ♡3 I Truly Understand Clawhammer gDGBD G Ionian
DB ♡4 Railroading and Gambling Clawhammer gDGBD F Ionian
DB ♡5 Little Maggie Two Finger gDGB♭D [G Minor] C Ionian
DB ♡6 Three String Serenade (Unknown Hinson) Strummed gDGBD (11) F♯ Blues
DB ♡7 Buddy Bolden's (Funky Butt) Blues Clawhammer gDGBD C Nonatonic Blues
DB ♡8 Minglewood Blues Clawhammer gDGBD G Nonatonic Blues
DB ♡9 Fat Bastard Blues Clawhammer gDGBD G Blues
DB ♡10 Foggy Mountain Breakdown Scruggs gDGBD G Ionian
DB ♡J Dueling Banjos Scruggs gDGBD G Ionian
DB ♡Q Wildwood Flower Scruggs gDGBD C Ionian
DB ♡K Roll Away Your Stone (Mumford & Sons) Scruggs gDGBD D Ionian
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