because most of the people who actually ask that question, are too inexperienced to be able to play the piece at all... let alone interpret most of the tabs that are around, some of which are very advanced and some of which are plain wrong.
There are some good tabs about but a dreadful pile of bad stuff too. Bluegrass tabs are particular offenders because they often contain so much detail that the actual melody timing and emphasis is completely submerged.
I learnt three things about tab early on... (1) they are a good guide to a piece you already have a fair notion of (2) they are very much a reflection of the personal style and ability of whoever tabbed them in the first place (3) they need treating with discretion, because many of them are either plain wrong, or reflect widely varying interpretations of the original piece. Dueling Banjos is a classic of the type, there are so many versions and an inexperienced player trying to learn a piece like that from tab is probably biting off more than they can chew
I don't doubt that you can play your own tab, particularly if you have been playing for 35 years... but I'll bet folding money that you don't have a post here or elsewhere, asking where to find a free tab for Duelling Banjos
well I would agree. It isn't really difficult at all, for a given value of "difficult". My point is that a lot of inexperienced players aren't able to look at the tab and see the description you give.
I couldn't learn it at all, until my teacher relented ( he was fed up with being asked by every novice who came along and tried to steer me into frailing at first... successfully as it happens, I am having a lot of fun with it ) ... he just said, ok it's THIS, showed me the framework and left me to put in the rolls and slides to suit myself. I learnt the basic structure in a couple of afternoons and now I have no trouble with it, I worked it out as a duet with a balalaika last year for a joke on a particularly long and boring offshore trip.
that's why I recommended the Geoff Howald download. It's a good overall guide to a fairly simple arrangement and if you can't follow it, you are probably best off with a ukulele or a kazoo
(There are many versions around and as some people said most of them doesn't exactly mimic what is played in the film. I hesitate to use the word wrong - In my mind music is never wrong - just interpreted)
While realizing that this song is a mixture of standard rolls and scales and not very interesting for the intermediate or advanced player I don't think that this song should be underestimated for a completely different reason - whether we like it or not this is pretty much the "signature" of bluegrass among people who doesn't know the music.
If I had a pence for every time I've been asked to play DB whenever I brought out my banjo I would be a rich man :-)
What is even more to the point is that that song - for good or bad - is what made me (and probably some more people) want to learn to play the banjo the first time. (I just couldn't figure out how anyone could play a string instrument that fast - and had to find out).
So I think DB is here to stay and perhaps we should have three "official" correct (in the sense of faithfully following the soundtrack) arrangements of it . One for each of the first three years when someone starts learning the banjo in gradually more challenging arrangements (and perhaps the same thing with E.S FMB)
*** I have had alot of requests to play this tune so I figure I should learn it even though it is a 3 finger piece and I primarily play clawhammer. Can anyone point me in the direction of a "reliable" version of Dueling Banjos that has been tabbed "correctly" ?
Hi fellas! Sorry to re-open the thread - but i'm keen to learn a "standard" version on DB. I've a newbie and so far I've sort of cracked "cripple creek" and "dixie breakdown" - i feel it's my duty to learn DB (the stairway to heaven/smoke on the water of the banjo world)..mainly because i'm sure friends and family are gonna ask to hear DB ;-) Any more ideas on where i can find tabs/free vid on a standard version? many thanks
Hey fellas say I was wondering I can't get any of these tabs to open for dueling banjos....Is there something i have to download in order for them to open up ? It always comes up with something like wrong file extension. Ok thanks alot for the help, Bryan.
There are several types of software for tabs. I don't know which one you're looking for, but Tabledit and Tabwin are 2 that are popular. You can download a trial of tabledit and the entire Tabwin free -- then you can open most tabs. There are other software that do tabs, but those are the most used.
I have just bought my 1st Banjo and I have already had many requests for Duelin Banjos, so id like to learn it also, but im mainly going to stick to chords, rolls and scales for the time being. But aside that i would like to learn DB so its one I can play. I'll be downloading the tab software this evening and try and get a version of DB.