Amazing Grace – Traditional

This song was first published in 1779 and is known throughout the western world. If you only learn one Christian spiritual, this should probably be it. Thankfully, it is very easy to play on the canjo! View the full text of this entry by clicking the “Read More” link below for the formatted canjo tab…

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Arrangement courtesy of C. B. Gitty Crafter Supply, intended for playing on American Canjo Company™ brand one-string canjos with dulcimer-style fretting, with fret numberings as shown below. The open unfretted string is notated as “0″.

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Amazing Grace (Version 1 – Low)

1 2 4 7 4  7      5   4     2   1      1    4     7 4 7    5    9
A-a-mazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me.
7 9    7   4     1   2   4   1      1   4     7 4 7   5 4
I once was lost, but now I’m found, was blind but now I see.

Additional Verses

'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear, and grace my fear relieved,
How precious did that grace appear, the hour I first believed.

Through many dangers, toils, and snares I have already come;
'tis grace hath brought me safe thus far, and grace will lead me home.

Through many dangers, toils, and snares I have already come;
'tis grace hath brought me safe thus far, and grace will lead me home.

To learn more about this classic spiritual song, check out this Wikipedia article.

Arrangement by C. B. Gitty Crafter Supply
Copyright 2014 by C. B. Gitty Crafter Supply

Baa Baa Black Sheep – Traditional

The earliest surviving edition of this beloved children’s song dates back to the early 18th century, and today it is known throughout the western world. View the full text of this entry by clicking the “Read More” link below for the formatted canjo tab…

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Arrangement courtesy of C. B. Gitty Crafter Supply, intended for playing on American Canjo Company™ brand one-string canjos with dulcimer-style fretting, with fret numberings as shown below. The open unfretted string is notated as “0″.

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Baa Baa Black Sheep (Version 1 – Low)

Same tune as Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

0   0   4     4      5    5   5 5 4     
Baa Baa black sheep, have you any wool?
3   3    2   2    1     1    0
Yes sir, yes sir, three bags full.
4   4   4   3  3    2   2   2   1
One for the master, one for the dame,
4   4   4   3  3   3   3   2     2    2   1
One for the little boy who lives down the lane.
0   0   4     4      5    5   5 5 4     
Baa baa black sheep, have you any wool?
3   3    2   2    1     1    0
Yes sir, yes sir, three bags full.

Baa Baa Black Sheep (Version 2 – High)

3   3   8     8      9    9   9 9 8     
Baa Baa black sheep, have you any wool?
6   6    5   5    4    4     3
Yes sir, yes sir, three bags full.
8   8   8   6  6    5   5   5   4
One for the master, one for the dame,
8   8   8   6  6   6   6   5     5    5   4
One for the little boy who lives down the lane.
3   3   8     8      9    9   9 9 8     
Baa baa black sheep, have you any wool?
6   6    5   5    4    4     3
Yes sir, yes sir, three bags full.

To learn more about this beloved children’s song, check out this Wikipedia article.

Arrangement by C. B. Gitty Crafter Supply
Copyright 2014 by C. B. Gitty Crafter Supply

Camptown Races – Traditional

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Arrangement courtesy of C. B. Gitty Crafter Supply, intended for playing on American Canjo Company™ brand one-string canjos with dulcimer-style fretting, with fret numberings as shown below. The open unfretted string is notated as “0″.

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Camptown Races (Version 1 – Low)

4   4    2 4   5    4    2     2   1    2   1
Camptown races sing this song, doo dah, doo dah
4   4    2     4  5    4     2     1  1   2   1   0
Camptown track is five miles long, oh the doo dah day.
Chorus
0     0  2   4   8      5     5  8   5   4
Goin’ to run all night, goin’ to run all day
4 4   4  2  2  4  4 5   4    2    1  1   2   1   0
I bet my money on a bob-tail nag, oh the doo dah day.

Camptown Races (Version 2 – High)

8   8    5 8   9    8    5     5   4    5   4
Camptown races sing this song, doo dah, doo dah
8   8    5     8  9    8     5     4  4   5   4   3
Camptown track is five miles long, oh the doo dah day.
Chorus
3     3  5   8   11     9     9  11  9   8
Goin’ to run all night, goin’ to run all day
8 8   8  5  5  8  8  9  8    5    4  4   5   4   3
I bet my money on a bob-tail nag, oh the doo dah day.
Arrangement by C. B. Gitty Crafter Supply
Copyright 2014

Free Fallin’ – Tom Petty

This song is perhaps the best one ever recorded by Tom Petty. It has a very simple melody that is easy to play on the canjo. Click the Read More link to see the full tab. The rest of the verses can be found on any of the popular song lyrics sites.

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Arrangement courtesy of C. B. Gitty Crafter Supply, intended for playing on American Canjo Company™ brand one-string canjos with dulcimer-style fretting, with fret numberings as shown below. The open unfretted string is notated as “0″.

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Free Fallin’

3     4 5    3     3     3   4 5   5     5 3    0   0 3 3 3 4    
She's a good girl, loves her mama. Loves Jesus, and America too.
3    3     4 5    3     3  3   3    4 5    5     5  3    0   0   3  3      4
Yeah she's a good girl, crazy 'bout Elvis. Loves horses, and her boyfriend too.
3    4 5    3   3  3   3  3 4 5   5       5 5   3   3  3    3       3   4    
It's a long day living in Reseda. There's a freeway runnin' through the yard.
3   3   4 5   3    3   0 3     3 3  4    5    5    5   5 5   3   0   3   3    4   5
And I'm a bad boy, cuz I don't even miss her. Yeah I'm a bad boy for breakin' her heart.

Chorus
3   3   5     5    4  3     3    3   5     5    4  3
Now I'm free, free fallin'. Yeah I'm free, free fallin'.

Written by Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne.

Arrangement by C. B. Gitty Crafter Supply

Home on the Range – Traditional

A classic American song, evoking images of the wild west, cowboys and the wide open vistas of the plains. View the full text of this entry by clicking the “Read More” link below for the formatted canjo tab…

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Arrangement courtesy of C. B. Gitty Crafter Supply, intended for playing on American Canjo Company™ brand one-string canjos with dulcimer-style fretting, with fret numberings as shown below. The open unfretted string is notated as “0″.

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Home on the Range

0  0    3  4 5     3     2   1   6 6 6
Oh give me a home, where the buffalo roam
5   6   8    3   3   3 2 3    4
And the deer and the antelope play
0     0     0   3  4  5     3 2  1   6 6   6
Where there seldom is heard a discouraging word
6   6   5     4   3   2   3  4   3
And the skies are not cloudy all day
Chorus
8     6    5  4   5      0     0   3    3   3   3 2 3    4
Home, home on the range… where the deer and the antelope play
0     0     0   3  4  5     3 2  1   6 6   6
Where there seldom is heard a discouraging word
6   6   5     4   3   2   3  4   3
And the skies are not cloudy all day.

To learn more about this classic American song, and to find more verses, check out this Wikipedia article.

Arrangement by C. B. Gitty Crafter Supply
Copyright 2014

I’ll Fly Away – Alfred E. Brumley

As performed in O Brother Where Art Thou, as well as by Alison Krauss, Alan Jackson and a host of other artists. View the full text of this entry by clicking the “Read More” link below for the formatted canjo tab…

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Arrangement courtesy of C. B. Gitty Crafter Supply, intended for playing on American Canjo Company™ brand one-string canjos with dulcimer-style fretting, with fret numberings as shown below. The open unfretted string is notated as “0″.

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I’ll Fly Away – Alfred E. Brumley

5    3    0   3    5    4    5    6  5 4   3    1   1 0
Some glad morning, when this life is o’er, I’ll fly away
5  3 0    3  5     4  5  6   5      5    4   4 3
To a home on God’s celestial shore, I’ll fly away.

Chorus
8    5   5 8  5  4  3   3    1   1 0   0  0   1   0
I’ll fly away oh glory, I’ll fly away (in the morning)
0    1 3    3 4 5 4    5  6   5   5    4   4  3
When I die, hallelujah by and by, I’ll fly away.

To learn more about this classic American song, and to find more verses, check out this Wikipedia article.

Arrangement by C. B. Gitty Crafter Supply
Words and Music Copyright: Glad Music Co., Albert E Brumley & Sons, Bridge Building Music

Keep on the Sunny Side – Traditional

As performed by the Carter Family and in O Brother Where Art Thou. View the full text of this entry by clicking the “Read More” link below for the formatted canjo tab…

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Arrangement courtesy of C. B. Gitty Crafter Supply, intended for playing on American Canjo Company™ brand one-string canjos with dulcimer-style fretting, with fret numberings as shown below. The open unfretted string is notated as “0″.

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Keep on the Sunny Side

0       1 3    4   5 4    3   1    3  0
There’s a dark and a troubled side of life,
3       5 8      8   9 8  5  3 5  4
There’s a bright and a sunny side too.
4      5  6    4    4   8    5   4   5
Though we meet with the darkness and strife
3   4  4  5    3  2 0 1  2   3
The sunny side we a-l-so may view.
Chorus
8    8  8   8  5   3    4 3    3  3   3  1  0
Keep on the sunny side, always on the sunny side,
3    3  4   5  5  6    5  4     8  8    9    8  8  4  5
Keep on the sunny side of life, it will help us ev’ry day,
5  5    4    3   3   1   0    3  4  5    5  6   5  5  4    4  3
It will brighten all the way, if we keep on the sunny side of life.

To learn more about this classic American song, and to find more verses, check out this Wikipedia article.

Arrangement by C. B. Gitty Crafter Supply
Copyright 2014

Let It Be – The Beatles

Let It Be by The Beatles, arranged for one-string canjos. This is one of the most well-known and best-loved of the Beatles’ songbook, instantly recognizable by classic rock and roll fans all over the world.
This arrangement is presented by the American Canjo Company and C. B. Gitty Crafter Supply.

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Mary Had a Little Lamb – Traditional

This well-known children’s song got its start as a poem written in 1830, which was inspired by a true event. View the full text of this entry by clicking the “Read More” link below for the formatted canjo tab…

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Arrangement courtesy of C. B. Gitty Crafter Supply, intended for playing on American Canjo Company™ brand one-string canjos with dulcimer-style fretting, with fret numberings as shown below. The open unfretted string is notated as “0″.

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Mary Had a Little Lamb (Version 1 – Low)

2 1  0   1 2  2   2     1  1   1     2  4   4
Mary had a little lamb, little lamb, little lamb.
2 1  0   1 2  2   2    2     1      1   2     1  0
Mary had a little lamb whose fleece was white as snow.

Mary Had a Little Lamb (Version 2 – High)

5 4  3   4 5  5   5     4   4  4     5  8   8
Mary had a little lamb, little lamb, little lamb.
5 4  3   4 5  5   5    5     4      4   5    4   3
Mary had a little lamb whose fleece was white as snow.

To learn more about this beloved children’s song, check out this Wikipedia article.

Arrangement by C. B. Gitty Crafter Supply
Copyright 2014 by C. B. Gitty Crafter Supply

My Country ‘Tis of Thee – Traditional

This was one of the unofficial national anthems of the United States before the Star Spangled Banner was officially adopted in 1931. Ironically, the tune to this song is the same as that of the British national anthem.

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Arrangement courtesy of C. B. Gitty Crafter Supply, intended for playing on American Canjo Company™ brand one-string canjos with dulcimer-style fretting, with fret numberings as shown below. The open unfretted string is notated as “0″.

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My Country ‘Tis of Thee

3  3    4   2   3  4     5     5    6  5 4 3    4  3    2 3
My country ‘tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing!
8    8     8  8  6    5     6    6  6   6  5      4      
Land where my fathers died, Land of the pilgrims’ pride,
5    6   5 4 3 5   6   8     9 6 5   4   3
from ev--er--y mountainside, let freedom ring!

Additional Verses

My native country, thee, Land of the noble free, Thy name I love;
I love thy rocks and rills, Thy woods and templed hills;
My heart with rapture thrills, Like that above.

Let music swell the breeze, And ring from all the trees Sweet freedom's song;
Let mortal tongues awake; Let all that breathe partake; 
Let rocks their silence break, The sound prolong.

Our fathers' God to Thee, Author of liberty, To Thee we sing.
Long may our land be bright, With freedom's holy light,
Protect us by Thy might, Great God our King.

To learn more about this classic spiritual song, check out this Wikipedia article.

Arrangement by C. B. Gitty Crafter Supply
Copyright 2014 by C. B. Gitty Crafter Supply

When the Saints Go Marching In – Traditional

This great old spiritual song was first recorded in 1938 by Louis Armstrong and has been sung and recorded countless times since then. It is very easy to play on the canjo! View the full text of this entry by clicking the “Read More” link below for the formatted canjo tab…

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Arrangement courtesy of C. B. Gitty Crafter Supply, intended for playing on American Canjo Company™ brand one-string canjos with dulcimer-style fretting, with fret numberings as shown below. The open unfretted string is notated as “0″.

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When the Saints Go Marching In (Version 1 – Low)

0  2    3   4      0  2   3    4   0  2    3   4      2  0   2    1
Oh when the saints go marching in, oh when the saints go marching in
2  2    1 0    0  2  4  4    4  3    2    3   4      2  1   1    0
Oh lord I want to be in that number, when the saints go marching in!

When the Saints Go Marching In (Version 2 – High)

3  5    6   8      3  5   6    8   3  5    6   8      5  3   5    4
Oh when the saints go marching in, oh when the saints go marching in
5  5    4 3    3  5  8  8    8  6    5    6   8      5  4   4    3
Oh lord I want to be in that number, when the saints go marching in!

To learn more about this classic spiritual song, and to find more verses, check out this Wikipedia article.

Arrangement by C. B. Gitty Crafter Supply
Copyright 2014 by C. B. Gitty Crafter Supply

Whiskey in the Jar – Traditional – as performed by Thin Lizzy, Metallica & Many Others

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Whiskey in the Jar

0  2  4 4   4 5   4 2  4   5    5   5  7  5    2
A-a-s I was going over the Cork and Kerry Mountains,
4 5   5    5   7   8  8    8   5   4  4  8  4   5   4
I met with Captain Farrell and his money he was countin'.
2 4     4   4    5  4  2   2   4 5    5  5     7  5 2
I first produced my pistol and I then produced me rapier,
2 4    5     5   7 8 8   7   5   4   4 8    4 5  4
Sayin' stand and deliver for you are a bold deceiver.

Chorus
2 2   1    1   1  1   1   2  3   2     2   1   2 3   4
Rasha-ring and um dur and um da, whack for the daddy-o
5    5    4   5 7   8 5       4   2   1  2   0
Whack for the daddy-o there's whiskey in the jar.

Additional Verses

Well I counted out his money and it made a pretty penny,
I put it in my pockets and I took it home to Jenny.
She sighed and she swore that she never would betray me,
But the devil take the women, for they never can be easy.

Chorus

I went unto my chamber, all for to take a slumber
I dreamed of gold and jewels, and for sure it was no wonder.
But Jenny took me charges and she filled them up with water,
And sent for Captain Farrell to be ready for the slaughter.

Chorus

It was early in the morning, just before I rose to travel,
up stepped a band of footmen, and likewise Captain Farrell.
I first produced me pistols for she'd stolen away me rapier,
but I couldn't shoot the water, so a prisoner I was taken.

Chorus

They put me into prison without a judge or jury,
For robbin' Captain Farrell in the mornin' so early.
But they couldn't take my fists, so I knocked down the sentry,
And bid a fond farewell t that cold penitentiary.

Chorus

If there's anyone can aid me, it's me brother in the army,
If I can find his station in Cork or in Kilarney.
And if he'll go with me, we'll go rollin' in Kilkenney,
And I'm sure he'll treat me better than me old miss sportin' Jenny.

Chorus

Now there's some take delight in the carriages a' rollin'
And others take delight in the hurlin' and the bowlin'.
But I take delight in the juice of the barley,
And courtin' pretty fair maids in the mornin' so early.

Chorus

To learn more about this traditional Irish song, check out this Wikipedia article.

Arrangement by C. B. Gitty Crafter Supply
Copyright 2014 by C. B. Gitty Crafter Supply