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pmartin9363 - Posted - 11/07/2020:  13:58:57


I am a very new banjo player. Started out using some books that I bought at my local music store but felt that I was not making much progress. Not enough of basics and moved into playing songs way too fast. So, I signed up for Artistworks and learning from Noam Pikelny. I am loving it, and my progress is moving at a much better pace now.

However, I have found that both the book and the online course assume to much when it comes to reading tab, Is there an online site that can inform me of what all of the marks, notations, and lines mean. I did find a pretty good primer on the banjo newsletter website, but it still did not cover everything.

Peter Martin


Edited by - Texasbanjo on 11/07/2020 14:08:49

eagleisland - Posted - 11/07/2020:  14:05:28


quote:

Originally posted by pmartin9363

I am a very new banjo player. Started out using some books that I bought at my local music store but felt that I was not making much progress. Not enough of basics and moved into playing songs way too fast. So, I signed up for Artistworks and learning from Noam Pikelny. I am loving it, and my progress is moving at a much better pace now.

However, I have found that both the book and the online course assume to much when it comes to reading tab, Is there an online site that can inform me of what all of the marks, notations, and lines mean. I did find a pretty good primer on the banjo newsletter website, but it still did not cover everything.

Peter Martin






Peter, there really isn't one bombproof standard way of writing tab. Every now and then we all see something weird we haven't seen before.



Most tabs, though, are pretty straightforward, as I'll bet you've recognized so far. Perhaps the best thing for you to do would be to post a screengrab any time you stumble across something that looks unfamiliar. You'll get responses pretty quickly.

Texasbanjo - Posted - 11/07/2020:  14:08:36


Here's a very basic idea of how to read tablature. It doesn't go into depth, but it does show you how to read the tab, what the lines are, how the tab is written for each line, etc.  Go here:  ezfolk.com/banjo/Tutorials/Rea...ture.html



There are some beginner instruction books that detail tab reading out pretty well. Might check into Jack Hatfield's Beginning Bluegrass Banjo #1 as he explains it pretty well. Janet Davis' You Can Teach Yourself Banjo also teaches tab reading very well and I'm sure there are other beginner instruction books out there that will do the same.



Perhaps we can help you with what you need to know, just ask, tell us what marks, notations, etc. you are wondering about and I'm sure someone can help you out.



And, I'm moving this to the Tab forum where you'll probably get the most help.


Edited by - Texasbanjo on 11/07/2020 14:09:18

RB3 - Posted - 11/07/2020:  14:49:34


My advice would be to reach in them jeans and pull out some greens and purchase a tablature software program for your computer. Tabledit is the most popular among the members of Banjo Hangout. Then, start playing around with the software and associated user guides and tutorials.

Richard Hauser - Posted - 11/07/2020:  15:27:08


If you are an absolute beginner, Geoff Hohwald's "Banjo Primer" book/CD will help you become comfortable playing banjo. Some easy tunes will help you get used to playing the standard rolls.
If you know a good banjo player how has used tabs, that person could probably answer all your questions over a cup of coffee.

If you attached a tab to a post to BHO, and ask questions, you will quickly be buried in information. Some people use unusual things in tabs, but most thing are pretty standard. I have used tabs for decades. but now and then I see something I am not familiar with.

Banner Blue - Posted - 11/08/2020:  06:23:25


Too many tabs do not have the tuning of the banjo on them.

pmartin9363 - Posted - 11/14/2020:  12:02:01


quote:

Originally posted by Richard Hauser

If you are an absolute beginner, Geoff Hohwald's "Banjo Primer" book/CD will help you become comfortable playing banjo. Some easy tunes will help you get used to playing the standard rolls.

If you know a good banjo player how has used tabs, that person could probably answer all your questions over a cup of coffee.



If you attached a tab to a post to BHO, and ask questions, you will quickly be buried in information. Some people use unusual things in tabs, but most thing are pretty standard. I have used tabs for decades. but now and then I see something I am not familiar with.






Thanks,



Hohwald's books are what I started with, but became very frustrated with.  I think it jumps into songs way too quick. Now using Artistworks online. 

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