Posted by dbrooks on Thursday, May 3, 2012
Using the feedback from readers, I have revised the two ebooks of clawhammer tabs I have on Amazon in the Kindle book store. The tabs are now larger and darker to improve readability. The tabs are viewed best on a large-screen Kindle device, such as the Kindle Fire, Kindle for the iPad, and Kindle for the PC or Mac. On most devices, however, you can click on the tab image, rotate the device to display the tab in landscape mode, or expand the screen with your fingers to increase its size and readability.
These are not instruction books, but the tabs are intended for new players and will help them add new tunes and new licks to their playing.
Twelve Easy Clawhammer Banjo Tab - Key of D ($1.99) is meant for clawhammer players looking for tabs that are musical yet playable. There is no drop thumb or other difficult clawhammer device. I selected the tunes thinking of students I have had at Kentucky Music Week who may be taking up the banjo as a 2nd or 3rd instrument to play at dulcimer jams where nearly all of the tunes are played in the key of D. Most of these players do not understand how to play in Double-D tuning or the many benefits it offers. Getting away from G tuning is a hurdle for most new clawhammer players, in general.
Six Easy Clawhammer Banjo Tabs - Sawmill Tuning ($.99) is also aimed at beginners who are looking for some of the classic sawmill tunes that sound great on the banjo.
Here's a link to the ebooks at Amazon:
II have been happy with this experiment, both in terms of the response and what I have learned from the process. I intend to add new tab ebooks for Kindle in the near future. As before, I welcome any feedback, questions, and complaints here on the Hangout or by email through the Hangout.
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