I seem to recall once seeing a website where you could buy tab to individual tunes where the entire tune was tabbed out, including all the banjo backup.
Can't seem to find it now.
Anyone know what I'm talking about?
Thanks for the help!
Edited by - Texasbanjo on 02/05/2020 11:09:43
Don't know if they include backup.
Edited by - JHook on 02/05/2020 10:37:01
Requires foraging around. Very hard to find if it is not here in the tablature library.
Thank you, Jim Hooker! That's what I was thinking of!
I don't memorize backup for a specific tune. In fact, they way I play backup probably can vary when I play a tune. The way a tune is played/sang determines how I play backup. I just learn the backup techniques, and use the ones I feel to be the most appropriate.
Playing really good backup is an art is itself. A person has to study a good banjo backup instructional, practice playing backup techniques to recordings, and then apply apply what they learn to their rhythm playing. Once a person becomes really good at playing backup, it can become more enjoyable than taking a break.
If you want inspiration, listen to Sonny Osborne.
I just picked up "The Classic Douglas Dillard Songbook of 5-String Banjo Tablatures" and was surprised to find that he had included suggested backup patterns for several of the songs. I've only recently started working on backup techniques and have been working more the way @Richard Hauser describes, but it's cool to have Doug's actual tabs for reference.
I wish every tab included the chords. I usually want to "double check" my old ears by reading documentation and making sure I did not miss anything. Knowing the chord progression is a "must" when playing backup or taking a "by the seat of your pants" break. In fact, I just bought Bert Casey's "Bluegrass Fakebook" (Don't get excited, it is for vocals). But it provides more accurate information on chords. The words are big and easy to read. I plan on having the book spiral bound. Now I can be a PIA and shout out the words when a singer doesn't remember them. BTW, knowing and singing the words to a tune while you slowly play could probably help you "capture" the right "feel" for a tune. Make chord changes more accurate as well.
The book has inspired me to sing, and I don't think folks will suffer from that any more than the other singers at the local jam. Like most banjoists who play by themselves, I "lean" toward playing instrumentals.
'Devil's Dream' 21 min
'Good Saturday Morning' 53 min
'New Tune Posting' 2 hrs