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nyartist - Posted - 12/26/2021:  15:02:05

I sing and play a simple bum ditty with slides, hammer ons and pull offs just to back up my singing.
I downloaded Tabledit and am trying to figure out how to see the tab, with the lyrics AND the bum ditty all in there on the same page.. Mostly what I'm interested in is folk songs. I have not been able to figure that out yet. For example doing a tab search here I found Rocky Mountain High - one that has great meaning to me and would love to get all three elements on one page that I can print out.

Bill H - Posted - 12/27/2021:  03:32:46

Do you have the full paid version of Tabledit? If not, this may be worthwhile for you. I am new to it myself, so I am not expert, but find it so very useful to arrange the way I want to play a tune. I think all three of the elements you are after are available in that program. It is a steep learning curve, but once you begin to understand how to use it you will find it a great tool. What it will allow you to do is to arrange how you want to play and sing any particular song. You may edit any existing tab that you download to modify the banjo arrangement, change keys or tunings and add lyrics. I find it useful to start from scratch to tab out tunes so I have a record of it to share or make reference to later on.

nyartist - Posted - 12/27/2021:  04:55:59

thanks Bill - I used the program years ago but am starting from the beginning again. I'll have to take the time to figure this stuff out.

dbrooks - Posted - 12/27/2021:  07:10:17

Phil, I tabbed some songs for you in years past (and still have the paintings you sent me). I can probably help you some again. It's a bit of a pain to type in the lyrics for the tabs I create, but I do it when needed. You can also search online  for guitar chords for songs. You can copy the lyrics and  chords into a word processor and do some fairly minor clean-up to get the chords over the correct words. It's not a difficult task to transpose chords into a key that you prefer, either to suit your voice or your banjo.

You can also find songbooks with chords. Tim Jumper's "Banjo Player's Songbook" is worth a look. There are several volumes of "The Daily Ukelele" with lyrics and uke chords for 365 songs in each volume.

Since you're playing mostly bum ditty backup, you may not really tab.


janolov - Posted - 12/27/2021:  08:37:48

I think I made this tab of Joe Hill for you in 2012 (if I remember right it was just before the big hurricane in NY). Is it this layout you want, or can you suggest further improvement, I write my tabs in TablEdit which has a lot of possibilities - the difficulty is just to learn all those possibilities. I can help you with more folk songs (as can David Brooks who has written a lot of good tabs that also have been published). 


nyartist - Posted - 12/27/2021:  09:38:00

holy crap! that's great... 9 years ago and my memory doesn't go back that far!

thanks for sending it again

dbrooks - Posted - 12/27/2021:  12:04:20

Nice tab, Jan. I'm going to have to climb that TablEdit learning curve someday. I have the program but can't seem to find the time. Also I am very quick with TabRite, limited as it is.


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