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Tips & Tabs

Red Wing: Tabs for Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin, and Ukulele

James Rutherford

Red Wing is a happy little tune popular at jam sessions. It was written in 1907 by Kerry Mills, who took inspiration for the melody from Robert Schumann’s piano miniature The Happy Farmer. Mills’ bright little melody tempers the sad lyrics, written by Thurland Chattaway, which tell of a young Indian maiden pining at the loss of her true love who died in battle. Woody Guthrie later used the melody for his 1940 song Union Maid.

Dix Bruce has arranged the tune in C major in his Parking Lot Picker’s Songbook series. (We’ve got copies at the store.) But many people like playing it in G. So here are some arrangements in G major for a variety of string band instruments.

Download the banjo tab for Red Wing

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Download the guitar tab for Red Wing

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Download the mandolin tab for Red Wing

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Download the ukulele tab for Red Wing

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