Tabbing is a pleasant activity as I listen to a slowed down fiddle tune (or harp or banjo or piano...) and figure out how I'd play, usually using clawhammer. I've been lazy about uploading them to BHO, but they're free and available on one of two pages on my site: TABS and MORE TABS. The first page is organized alphabetically in two categories -- tunes which have been featured on Tune of the Week (or Month) and Old-Timey Tunes. The second page is organized by source players, including my own original pieces. If you're looking for a tab and don't find it, I've made many tabs just for the asking. Hope you enjoy!
Very generous and very helpful, Janet. I too have tabbed hundreds of tunes, but I have not put many in the Tab library. I felt that they may have needed more words or polishing, I guess. I hope to get past that and follow your example at some point.
Yes, that is generous Janet. I'm not really a tab user and on the rare occasions when I do look at one, I need to listen to it in Tefview because just looking at a pdf file doesn't sink in; they are just ink dots on a page. I did look at your site in its entirety and listened to many of your fine originals, some of which you have posted here. I was especially impressed with your Quarantine Challenge of composing 30 tunes in 30 days. Well done my friend.
Thanks, Janet! Love your playing, and love your Carolina Banjo Co. banjo. On the wait list for my own...
I love your Old Time tabs. My only problem is that when I refer people to your page of tunes or if I'm personally teaching them, they want to know what the "backup" chords" are. If I'm there to show them then all is well but if I'm not there to show them the correct backup chords they are at a loss when people want to back them up on guitar or even piano....Do you have any special way that you teach these tunes to "very beginners"?...Thanks Janet...Jack
Originally posted by JanetB
Edited by - Jack Baker on 03/06/2021 13:05:09
Nice to hear from you all. David, you're definitely one of the king of tabs.
Thanks for listening, Rick. Tabs are a memory tool for me, but sharing them freely is fun.
Paul, I'm glad to hear you're getting one of Ryan's banjo. He's truly an artisan.
Jack, I only make tabs to remember my arrangements, but would gladly add chords if requested for an individual tab. I don't teach banjo at this time in my life and my tabs wouldn't be for beginners, but use techniques needed for the intermediated or advanced player. I've made a few tabs specifically at the request of a beginner and try to use the bum-ditty stroke more and avoid syncopation and skipped notes. Drop thumb is pretty essential, even for a beginner, so I'd include that, too. In general I'd go for the basic melody of a piece if it's for a beginner.
Thank you for answering Janet. I will pass along what you said with regards to your approach with Clawhammer style tunes. I generally use my own Clawhammer tabs but I'll pass along to people who visit you site what you have posted. I personally have never had a problem learning Clawhammer but then, I started many years ago. I mostly teach Bluegrass, Fingerstyle guitar or Chet Atkins tunes....stay safe and thanks for the nice work that you bring to BHO....Jack
Edited by - Jack Baker on 03/07/2021 04:56:48
Here is how I present some of your wonderful tabs and I hope this meets with your approval... Jack
Little Drummer Boy Clawhammer
'New banjo!' 8 hrs