Tablatures of Fiddle Tune Arrangements


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What's New for 3/7/17: New Tablature for Captain George, Has Your Money Come
What's New for 4/13/17: New Tablature for Liberty Off the Corn Liquor Still
What's New for 4/21/17: New Tablature for Carroll County Blues

Check out my first book of tabs, Fifteen Fiddle Tunes for Five String Banjo
self-published in 1974, over 40 years ago.

TABLATURES LISTED BY KEY
A - C - D - G


TABLATURE LIST
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MIDI...PDF...TAB...Abe's Retreat (gDGAD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Altamont (gCGCD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...And the Cat Came Back (gDGBD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Angeline the Baker (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Angeline the Baker, Easier Version (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Arkansas Hoosier (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Arkansas Traveler (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Ask That Pretty Girl To be My Wife (gDGAD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Back Up and Push (gDGBD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Back Up and Push- Georgia Organ Grinders
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Barlowe Knife (aDF#AD)

MIDI...PDF...TAB...Beaumont Rag (gDGBD, Key of F)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Betty Likens (gDGAD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Bibb County Hoedown (gCGCD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Big Eyed Rabbit (gDGBG)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Big Footed Man in the Sandy Lot (gDGBD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Big Hoedown (gDGAD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Big Scioty (gDGAD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Bill Cheatum (gDGBD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Billy in the Lowground (gCGCD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Billy in the Lowground, John Salyer Version (gCGCD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Billy in the Low Land (gDGAD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Birdie (gCGCD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Black Eyed Suzie (aDF#AD)

MIDI...PDF...TAB...Black Mountain Rag (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Boatin' Up Sand on the Little Sandy (gDGBD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Boatman (gDGAD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Bonaparte Crossing the Rhine (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Bonaparte Crossing the Rocky Mtns (gDGAD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Bonaparte's March (gDGAD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Bonaparte's Retreat (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Bonaparte's Retreat, Reed Version (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Booth Shot Lincoln (gDGBD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Boys, Them Buzzards Are Flying (gDGBD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Breaking Up Christmas (gDGBD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Brushy Fork of John's Creek (gDGAD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Brushy Run (gDGAD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Buffalo Nickel (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Bye Bye My Honey, I'm Gone (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Cacklin' Hen (gDGBD)

MIDI...PDF...TAB...Cacklin' Hen-Hammons (gDGBD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Cairo in the Cabbage Patch (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Campbells Farewell to Red Gap (gDGAD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Camp Chase (gDGBD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Camp Chase-French Carpenter (gDGAD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Camp Meeting on the Fourth of July (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Captain George, Has Your Money Come (gCGCD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Carroll County Blues (gDGAD)

MIDI...PDF...TAB...Cherokee Trail (gDGBD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Chicken Reel (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Child Grove (aDGAD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Chilly Winds (gDGAD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Chinese Breakdown (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Chinkapin Hunting, Norman Edmonds Version (gDGAD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Chinquapin Hunting, Art Stamper Version (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Cindy (gDGBD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Cluck Old Hen (gDGAD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Coleman's March (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Cookhouse Joe (gDGAD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Coon Dog (gDGBD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Cornstalk Fiddle and a Shoestring Bow (gDGBD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Cotton Eyed Joe (gDGAD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Cowboy's Dream (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Cowboy Waltz, The (aADF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Cripple Creek (gDGBD)

MIDI...PDF...TAB...Crook Brothers Breakdown (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Crow Creek (gDGAD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Cuckoo's Nest, The (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Cumberland Gap-Rothfield (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Cumberland Gap-Williamson (gDGBD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Cumberland Gap-Reece (gDGAD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Dance All Night (gDGBD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Denver Belle (gCGCD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Devil Eat the Groundhog (gDGBD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Dinah (gDGAD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Dixie (gCGCD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Double File (gDGAD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Drowsy Maggie (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Drunken Hiccups (gGDGBD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Dry and Dusty (aDF#D)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Ducks in the Millpond (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Ducks on the Pond (gDGAD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Duck River (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Dull Chisel (gDGAD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Durang's Hornpipe, Old Time (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Ebb and Flow (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Ebenezer (gDGBD
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Eighth of January (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Elzic's Farewell (gDGAD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Falls of Richmond (gDGAD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Farewell Trion (gCGCD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Feed My Horse On Corn and Hay (gGDGBD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Fine Times at Our House (gDGBD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Fire on the Mountain (gDGBD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Five Miles from Town (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Flop-Eared Mule (gDGBD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Florida Blues (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Flyin' Clouds (gDGBD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Folding Down the Sheets (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Forked Deer-Salyer (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Forks of Sandy (gDGBD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Forky Deer (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Fortune (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Frosty Morning (gDGAD)

MIDI...PDF...TAB...Gaspe Reel (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Girl I Left Behind Me (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Going Down the River (gGDGBD)
MIDI
...PDF...TAB...Golden Slippers (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Golden Slippers (gDGAD)

MIDI...PDF...TAB...Granddad's Favorite (gDGBD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Grasshopper Sittin' on a Sweet Potato Vine (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Greasy Coat (gDGAD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Green Willis (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Grey Eagle (gDGBD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Grey Eagle-Booker (gDGBD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Growling Old Man and Woman (gDGAD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Grub Springs (gDGAD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Half Past Four (gDGAD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Hangman's Reel (gDGAD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Happy Hollow (gDGBD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Hard Times (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Hell Among the Yearlings (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Hell's Broke Loose in Georgia (gCGCD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Hickman's Rag (gCGCD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Hogeye (gDGAD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Hollow Poplar (gDGAD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Home with the Girls in the Morning (gDGAD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Horny Ewe, The (gDGBG)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Ida Red (gDGAD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Ida Red-McCumbers (gDGBD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Indian Corn (gDGBD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Jaybird in a High Oak Tree (gDGAD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Jeff Sturgeon (gDGAD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Jenny Get Around (gDGBD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Jenny Run Away in the Mud in the Night (gDGAD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Jim Shank (gDGBD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...John Brown's Dream (gDGBD)

MIDI...PDF...TAB...John Brown's March (gDGAD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...John's Tune (gDGBD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Johnny Don't Get Drunk (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...John Riley the Shepherd (gDGAD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...John Stinson's #2 (aDF#AD
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Julianne Johnson (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...June Apple (gDGAD
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Kansas City Reel (gDGBD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Katy Hill (gDGAD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Kentucky Wagoner-Sisson (gCGCD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Keys to the Kingdom (gDGBD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Kitchen Girl (gDGAD)

MIDI...PDF...TAB...L&N Rag (gCGCD)
MIDI
...PDF...TAB...La Bastrange (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Last Chance (gDGAD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Leather Britches (gDGAD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Liberty (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Liberty Off the Corn Licker Still (gDGBD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Limber Jim, You Can't Go (gDGBD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Listen to the Mockingbird (gCGBD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Little Billy Wilson (gDGBD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Little Dutch Girl (gGDGBD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Little Rabbit (gDGAD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Liza Jane (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Liza Jane, Easier Version (gDGBD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Lost Indian (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Maggots in the Sheep Hide (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Magpie (gDGBD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Maid of Monterey (gDGAD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Martha Campbell (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Meriweather (gDGAD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Midnight on the Water (aADF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Mike In the Wilderness (gDGAD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Mississippi Sawyer (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Monkey in the Dog Cart (gCGCD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Moon Behind the Hill (gDGBD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Morpeth Rant (aDF#AD)

MIDI...PDF...TAB...Muddy Roads (gDGAD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Nancy (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Nancy Rowland (gDGAD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Needlecase (aDF#AD
MIDI...PDF...TAB...New Orleans (gDGAD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...No Turning Back Waltz (gDGAD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Obama's March to the White House (gDGBD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Oiling Up Julianne (gDGBD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Ol' Bob (gDGBD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Old Ark's A-Movin' (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Old Aunt Jenny With Her Nightcap On (gDGAD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Old Billy Hell (gDGBD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Old French (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Old Granny Blair (gDGBD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Old Hen Cackled, The (gDGBD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Old Horse and Buggy (gDGAD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Old Joe Clark (gDGBD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Old Kentucky Whiskey (gDGBD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Old Mose (gCGCD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Old Mother Flanagan (gDGBD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Old Yeller Dog (gDGAD)

MIDI...PDF...TAB...Over the Waterfall (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Paddy on the Handcar (gDGAD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Paddy on the Pike (gDGAD)
MIDI
...PDF...TAB...Petronella (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Pig Ankle Rag (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Pike's Peak (gCGCD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Piney Ridge (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Polly Put the Kettle On (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Poor Little Mary, Sitting in the Corner (gDGBD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Possum on the Rail (gDGBD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Possum's Tale is Bare, The (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Pretty Little Dog (gDGAD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Pretty Little Shoes (gDGAD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Quince Dillon's High D (aDF#AD)

MIDI...PDF...TAB...Quit Kicking My Dog Around (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Rachel (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Rabbit in the Pea Patch (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Ragtime Annie (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Railroad Runs Through Georgia (gDGBD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Rebels Raid- Stepp (gDGBD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Red Haired Boy (gDGCD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Red Priairie Dawn (gDGAD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Red Rocking Chair (gDGCD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Richmond Cotillion-Lundy (gDGAD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Road to Malvern (gDGAD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Rock Andy (gDGAD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Rocking the Babies to Sleep (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Rock the Cradle Joe (aDF#AD,
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Rocky Mountain Goat (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Rocky Pallet (gCGCD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Roscoe Parish's Waltz (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Rose in the Mountain, The (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Rose Tree (aDF#AD, D)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Rosin the Beau (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Rueben (aDF#AD)

MIDI...PDF...TAB...Rymer's Favorite (gCGCD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Sail Away Ladies (gDGAD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Sail Away Ladies-Davis (gDGBD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Sail Away Ladies-Fraley (gDGBD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Sally Coming Through the Rye (gCGCD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Sally Ann Johnson (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Sally Goodin (gDGBD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Sally in the Garden (aDGAD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Sal's Got Mud Between Her Toes (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...
Sal with the Run Down Shoes (Jenny Lind Polka) (gDGBD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Sandy Boys (gDGBD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Sandy River (gDGAD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Santa Annas Retreat (gDGAD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Sarah Armstrong's Tune (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Say Old Man, Can You Play the Fiddle (aDGAD)

MIDI...PDF...TAB...Say Old Man, I Want Your Daughter (aDF#AD)
MIDI..
.PDF...TAB...Senaca Square Dance (gDGBD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Shady Grove, Henry Reed (gDGAD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Shady Grove, Phil MacArthur (gDGAD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Shaving a Dead Man (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Shebeg Shemore (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Sheeps in the Meadow, Cows in the Corn (gDGBD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Shenandoah Falls (gDGAD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Shepherd's Wife, The (gDGBD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Simon Stole a Turkey Egg (aDF#AD)

MIDI...PDF...TAB...Shaking Down the Acorns (gDGBD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Ships Are Sailing (aDGAD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Shoes and Stockings (gDGBD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Shooting Creek (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Shoot the Turkey Buzzard (gDGBD)
MIDI
...PDF...TAB...Shove That Pigs Foot a Little Closer to the Fire (gDGBD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Shuckin' the Brush (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Snake River Reel (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Snouts and Ears of America, The (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Snow Deer (gDGBD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Snowflake Reel (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Soldier's Joy (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Sourwood Mountain (gDGBD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Spotted Pony (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Spring Creek Gals (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...The South Wind (gDGAD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Squirrel Heads and Gravy (gDGBD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Squirrel Hunters (gDGAD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...St. Anne's Reel (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Staten Island Hornpipe (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Stone's Rag (gCGCD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Stoney Point (gDGBD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Sugar Hill (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Sugar in the Gourd (gDGBD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Sugar Tree Stomp (gDGBD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Sullivan's Hollow (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Sweet Ellen (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Sweet Marie (gDGAD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Sweet Nell (gDGBD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Tater Patch (gDGAD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Tennessee Mountain Fox Chase (gCGCD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Texas (gDGAD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Texas Gales (gCGCD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Three Forks of Cheat (gDGBD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Three Thin Dimes (gDGBD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Tipping Back the Corn (gDGBD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Trouble On My Mind (gDGAD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Turkey in the Straw (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Turkey in the Straw (gDGBD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Twin Sisters (aDGAD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Vally Forge (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Waiting for Nancy (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Waiting for the Boatsman (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Walk Chalk Chicken (gDGBD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Walking in the Parlor (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Walking That Pretty Girl Home (gDGAD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Washington's March (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Waynesburg (gDGAD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Ways Of the World, William Stepp Version (gDGAD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Ways Of the World, Luther Strong Version (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Wes Muir's Tune (gCGCD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...West Fork Gals (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...West Virginia Gals (gDGAD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Whiskey Before Breakfast (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Wild Rose of the Mountain (gDGAD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Wildwood Flower (gCGCD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Wind That Shakes the Barley (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Wolf Creek (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Woodchopper's Reel (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Wounded Hoosier (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Yearlings in the Canebreak (gDGAD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Yellow Barber (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Yellow Rose of Texas (aDF#AD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Yew Piney Mountain-Carpenter (gDGAD)
MIDI...PDF...TAB...Yew Piney Mountain-McCumbers (gDGAD)

TOTAL TABS: 321

The tabs in the Banj'r collection are in both Adobe PDF and Tabledit format. The Tabledit files are opened through TablEdit's TEFView tab viewer. The viewer is available free from the Tabledit website. The easiest way to download is to left click on the file link, and use the File Download dialog box. However, with some system configurations, this function results instead in a display of the file in ASCII text or htm format. In that case, to download one of the tabs listed at the right, just right click on the link, and select "Save Link As" or "Save Target As" from the drop down menu. Make sure you include the ".tef" file extension when you save.

One of the most useful features of TEFView is that it is virtually a full function MIDI software package. TEFView contains most of the playback control features available in the MIDI format, some not found in basic players like Windows MediaPlayer or WinAmp. Taking full advantage of this, each tablature arrangement in this collection has been written with a guitar and bass accompaniment, and sometimes fiddle, clawhammer banjo, or lead guitar. . Through the MIDI Options window, you can speed up or slow down the tempo, or change the relative volume of each instrument, or temporarily turn off an instrument altogether, by unchecking the checkbox next to the title of the instrument track. Thus, you can turn the banjo voice off, and practice playing along with the MIDI accompaniment. The MIDI Options window can be accessed through the icon on the toolbar, or through the Play Menu selection on the Menu bar.

When you open TEFView, the tablature will be scaled to a particular note, either a 1/16th or a 1/32nd note. I have found generally that the tunes in 2/4 and 3/4 time are best viewed at the 1/32nd scale, while the handful of 4/4 tunes are best viewed at the 1/16th scale. The scale can be reset from the Display Menu item on the top Menu Bar. The time signature is located in the upper left corner of the tablature.

Tab is merely a technique, a relatively efficient one, for communicating how one musician has decided to render a certain musical piece. The goal is not to learn to sight read. Instead, you should memorize the arrangement as soon as possible, internalize it, changing it as little or as much as you want to suit your own taste and style. This is not classical music, where the composer's notes, written down on paper, must be taken as gospel, not to be altered. Once you have memorized the arrangement, you should continue to practice by playing along with the MIDI, but don't follow the tab itself unless you forget part of it. You don't want to play forever with a music stand in front of you, whether real or virtual.

When you work through a tab, you essentially "get inside the picker's head," and see how he or she chooses to solve a particular musical problem. As bluegrass style five string banjo is still primarily a type of pattern picking, as opposed to the more linear approach of other instruments and other types of music, there is ultimately an immense variety of solutions to that "problem" presented by a particular phrase of melody. So as you study the work of other pickers, through tab, by slowing down a recording, or by any other method, you should be selective, borrowing the sounds you like best, and substituting a different approach for the others. In the end, assuming you are putting in the effort, your arrangements will reflect your own musical tastes better than any other picker, and you will essentially be your own favorite banjo picker.

Tab also functions as a memory aid. Trust me on this- that becomes more important as you get older. More than once I have worked out an intricate arrangement, only to find a few weeks later that I have completely forgotten how I did it. After doing that a number of times, I started transcribing my arrangements as soon as they had pretty much settled down. There is nothing more ridiculous than having to slow down your own recording to half speed in order to figure out how you picked something, to motivate you to make an accurate transcription at the start.

I cannot overemphasize how useful it is to practice along with the MIDI playback. I practice with the Tabledit files for most of my practice time. While there is obviously still a very big difference between using Tabledit and actually playing with other musicians, it is still a great learning and practice tool, and I think as time goes on and more material is published this way, it is going to speed up the learning curve considerably for new bluegrass pickers.

I've read arguments that Tabledit is not as effective in developing smooth, even timing as a metronome. That may well be true in the early stages of learning, when it is best to use the metronome with one tick for each note, to guarantee an absolutely smooth roll. But in the long run, I think Tabledit is the best learning tool to come along since Earl himself. The whole MIDI playback capability also shifts the "tab as a crutch" dynamic, since as you gradually speed up the tempo, you are forced to rely more on your memory and ear, and less on the tab itself.

If you write tab, I strongly recommend acquiring the full software package. It is easy to use, creates great printed output, and has a very well organized and complete set of MIDI tools. All of the MIDI files used as background music on these web pages were created from the Tabledit program. Customer support by Keith Saturn (the American rep) and Matthieu Leschemelle (the program's author, on those rare occasions when Keith doesn't know the answer) is timely and excellent. Their website is www.tabledit.com. While the TEFView viewer can be used free of charge, I highly recommend upgrading to the TablEdit software package for anyone who intends to transcribe arrangements for five string banjo.

 

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