There are three lines going on in "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring: (1) the bass line, (2) the obligato -- this is the steady note accompaniment that is most audible and catches the ear, (3) the vocal line -- sustained melody notes up top (this is the melody part that the banjoist in the clip plays higher up the neck.
The difficulty on a stringed instrument like the guitar or banjo is to play all three at the same time. I think that's why most tablatures are unlikely to sound like the Bach version.
Good luck to Shannon_ODonnell. If you find a good version, let us know.
Shannon, no, I'm sorry I don't have the tab for this. I've not tabbed a song, nor seariously read tab, since I taught back in the early 80s. Now days thanks to computers and the internet, I record them on YouTube or in MP3 format and put them on my website so I can remember the arrangements.
What I can tell you is that this is in the key of D (rather than G where it was originally written), and that it's primarily a chord melody arrangement, like most of my solo pieces are (more on my websites below).
Diarmaid, that is a late 1880s S.S.Stewart American Princess #2 with nylon strings. It's also one of my favorite sounding banjos.
It's a little hard to hear, but those bass notes are fantastic sounding coming out of that banjo. I hope to be able to aquire one of these soon. I was sort of fumbling with the thick strings and wide neck and had to truncate Jesu Joy in an unfortunate way, but you can get the main sound of this banjo, which is what is important.
Yes. Bach ofter reworked his and other melodies for various different instruments or arrangements. None of the "that's-the-way-Earl-did-it" for him!
You have a very nice touch on the instrument, very musical. I can understand now why different sounding banjos can be appealing -- you can take advantage of their sounds in fitting the characteristics of the music.