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Hey beginners...do you struggle with tablature a bit?

Posted by banjopaul67 on Thursday, September 3, 2009

Hi gang,

I've made so many wonderful acquaintances on the hangout, and I've learned a ton from the other banjo players, either by reading their stuff or watching/listening in the chat room. The Hangout continues to be one of my favorite places. I've been having fun updating everyone on what goes on with my blog and main website, and your support is really wonderful.

In keeping with my tradition of sharing the going's on of Banjo Paul, I thought I would announce that I put together a new resource that I think may really help some people out. I'm speak of The Banjos Rule Guide To Understanding Tablature. This is a 7-chapter, 25-page ebook full of advice, tips, insructions, exercises, and even sound files. It's quite thorough, and it explains things as I see them in a humorous manner. Or...at least with some attempted humor.

Now it seems to me that tablature is one of those topics that divides people. Some are for, some are against tablature. Some will look at my instruction and say "no way man, you are doing it all wrong", or "you left out this important thing and that important thing...you better switch to accordion!" The only thing I can say is that you are probably right to a degree; tablature leaves some room for gray area. But I can also say that I am a working, experienced banjo player and teacher who has learned many pieces of music using tablature, so I'm making it work for me. And if I can "make it sound like the record", then I guess I've got a little something to say on the topic that's worth hearing. (Well, alright, you win...my playing doesn't and never will sound like the record...shucks!) 

Well, at any rate, if you are interested, check out my new Guide To Understanding Tablature and let me know what you think of it. Just click on the guide name anywhere within this blog post to learn more. The experienced pickers won't get a ton out of it, but someone who is a beginner will, and someone who has just stayed away from tablature due to frustration will.

*Note: This guide is for sale over on my Banjos Rule site, but I usually try to do something special for the Banjo Hangout, so I'd love it if anyone who has struggled with tablature or who is just getting started and hasn't learned much about it yet would contact me. I'd like to give you a free evaluation copy of the guide to see what you think. Just contact me and we'll make it happen.

Well, that's all for now folks. Thanks everyone, and as I always say: pick 'em if ya got 'em!

"Banjo Paul" Pope
www.banjosrule.com (main site)
www.mybanjolife.com (blog)
See the new Banjos Rule Guide To Understanding Tablature!



2 comments on “Hey beginners...do you struggle with tablature a bit?”

bluetick22 Says:
Saturday, September 5, 2009 @7:09:22 AM

sounds like a salesman to me , im a beginner but do this for fun and happen to be enjoying the ride so to speak , however to pay for a book on understanding tab well this i can get from my friends at the bho. speaking for the beginner that i am im not particullary gifted in music and find the banjo a hard to play but also awelcome release everyday and tab is just another tool , not to be put in the gray area so to speak, werere all learning everyday and i know and am trying to break free of tab after 6 mos. but still rely on i daily for reference, banjo is made to have fun not to exploit????? thanks for the sound off but no thanks to the book bt

banjopaul67 Says:
Saturday, September 5, 2009 @7:39:58 AM

Hey bluetick22, thanks for the feedback. I'm glad you are enjoying the banjo and it's nice to hear from you. The point of my post wasn't to exploit or anything like that. I have gotten nice support from my Hangout friends with each of my posts about what's going on over at my site and what I have avaialbe. so this post about my tablature guide was just a way to let everyone know it's available in case it looks interesting. I've valued being able to share things like this with the Banjo Hangout members, and so again I thought I would announce it. The bonus I mentioned in the post is that I'm giving away free copies to beginners who would like some help with tablature, so that I can get some feedback on whether the guide is helpful or not.

Well, anyway, thanks again for commenting! One of the great things about having a profile on the Hangout and getting to post blog entries likes this and also put things in the forums is that I get to hear from folks like you. Stay in touch and I'd love to know how you are doing on the banjo! If you have any good banjo jokes to share, maybe you wouldn't mind stopping by www.banjosrule.com and leaving a joke or two on my site. Have a great Labor Day!

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