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Dec 12, 2018 - 7:20:16 PM
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2542 posts since 4/19/2008

IMO and others, this should be a sticky:

Mooooo - Posted - 03/31/2018: 09:52:35

I see a lot of requests for Tabs here in this section, some of them are well thought out and very specific, and others are very ambiguous. People who ask for specific things usually are rewarded with what they ask for, while those who ask for Tab in the most general of terms are usually met with a lot of questions and head shaking. Here are some things that may help someone to get what they want.

1. If you want a tab of a song from a specific artist, then give us the name of that artist along with the name of the song and link a video or an mp3 that has the version that you want. (BTW first time posters are not allowed to post links until their 4th post.) This way if some nice person decides to create a tab for you, they won't be wasting the hours it may take by tabbing out something you may not want.

2. If you don't have a preference of a specific version/recording of a song, then let everyone know the tuning and what style of banjo you play. Bluegrass, Clawhammer, 2 and 3 finger Old-Time, 4-String Jazz, 4-String Irish and Classic Style are all approached differently.

3. If you want a tab of some song or tune that doesn't have banjo in it then you should also let everyone know what style of banjo you play in addition to your skill level. Maybe you want Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen for beginner Clawhammer, or an intermediate Scruggs version of On the Road Again by Willie Nelson, or an advanced 4-String Jazz version of Take the A train by Duke Ellington.

4. When you request your tab, put meaningful information in the title of your post so that people will open it and read it. When I see the title of a post and it says "Tab Requested" or "Question" without any further information, I skip over that post. At least write the name of the song and the style you want or the name of the song and the artist. Such as: "Tab for Down the Road by JD Crowe" or "Clawhammer tab for Loch Lomond"

5. If you want to be able to sing with your tab, tell us what key you want it in. If you're not sure about how to determine the key try to give us the name of the first note of the melody. To do this hit a single note anywhere on the fingerboard and start singing the song from that note. Try other pitches until you find a comfortable  range for your voice. If this paragraph makes no sense you might say " Original key."

Just some basic Ideas. Anyone else have any good ideas?

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Edited by - mmuussiiccaall on 10/28/2019 20:34:11

Dec 12, 2018 - 11:40:33 PM
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40142 posts since 3/7/2006

Good initiative! This should be a sticky.

Dec 13, 2018 - 4:46:39 AM
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Texasbanjo (Moderator)


23698 posts since 8/3/2003

I thought I had made it a sticky back when. Guess I didn't. I'm not sure it will do any good, as people tend to not look at stickies or read rules or follow what's written, but.... we'll try it and see if it does any good.

Dec 13, 2018 - 1:11:15 PM

3890 posts since 11/29/2005

My problem with stickies is that I routinely select "active" posts since the last time I was here, so a stickie that is usually just read never shows up on my feed. But that's just me and if I think of it when I'm looking for something, I go back to all posts.

Dec 14, 2018 - 8:08:09 AM

1512 posts since 2/10/2013

I wish BHO had a "FAQ" section. New members would be directed to become familiar with and use the "FAQ" info before posting questions. I would help reduce the number of redundant questions, and provide informative accurate information.

Dec 14, 2018 - 3:17:31 PM

Texasbanjo (Moderator)


23698 posts since 8/3/2003

Richard Hauser They do have a FAQ section. Click on "More" and it's down toward the bottom of the list.

Jan 18, 2019 - 1:52:30 PM
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6424 posts since 8/30/2004

Hi Sherry,
I agree with your post. Stickys only work once people get on BHO. And then most people will ignore that or not even know enough about the "rules" when requesting a tablature to know what that Sticky even mean. Maybe Eric could make it a "signing on to BHO" notice before anyone even logs on to BHO to request a particular Tablaure...Jack
Originally posted by Texasbanjo

I thought I had made it a sticky back when. Guess I didn't. I'm not sure it will do any good, as people tend to not look at stickies or read rules or follow what's written, but.... we'll try it and see if it does any good.

Edited by - Jack Baker on 01/18/2019 13:53:22

Feb 22, 2019 - 6:56:42 PM

3 posts since 10/3/2009

Do you have the tab for Pastures of Plenty....the version by Alison Krause and Union Station.?

Mar 29, 2019 - 3:47:43 PM
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3281 posts since 7/12/2006

I sometimes chuckle when someone who has been playing for only a month or so asks for tab to something by bela fleck or some other progressive player.

Mooo, my curiosity gets the best of me when they just say "tab requested". I take the bait lol.

Edited by - stanleytone on 03/29/2019 15:50:18

Oct 28, 2019 - 6:38:07 AM
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1016 posts since 11/9/2010

I have always wondered: Do most people that request a specific tab, by artist, song, recording/ video expect them for free? I have paid for transcriptions of entire songs, specific breaks, or passage (Russell Sawler). I have also purchased from people who put their tabs on their website (i.e. Jack Baker, Eli Gilbert, etc.). Surely anyone requesting a transcription would understand the amount of work that goes into this process?

Perhaps I am off base, and the great pickers that provide some incredible tabs do not mind laboring to transcribe anything banjo. My hat's off to you, if that is what you want to do. I also tip my hat to those who charge for their service.


Jan 1, 2020 - 5:57:12 AM
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235 posts since 2/22/2010

I don't mind tabbing something that peaks my interest, but yes, depending on level of playing difficulty, it does take some serious time, I find most folks are very appreciative of the effort.

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