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Bela Fleck and the Flecktones - Transcriptions, Charts, Books, BIAB Files

Jun 12, 2021 - 11:49:41 AM

mamero

Canada

63 posts since 7/19/2018

I'm wanting to start learning some Bela Fleck and the Flecktones material.

1. Are there any good authentic transcriptions, charts, books available?
2. Are there any Band in a Box files floating around? Anyone have Flecktones BIAB files they could send me?
3. MIDI Files would be handy as well.

I could start transcribing but it's very time consuming and I'd prefer not to reinvent the wheel as much as possible.

Jun 12, 2021 - 10:32:51 PM

Foote

USA

497 posts since 3/25/2009

amazon.com/Bela-Fleck-Fleckton...ks&sr=1-1

Problem solved. Amazon has "Bela Fleck and the Flecktones" paperback copy of a book containing 25 lead sheets to his Flecktones materials. Only $498.21! Better hurry, they only have one copy left.

Jun 13, 2021 - 11:34:18 AM

42 posts since 8/22/2011

Ha, I have that book! Unfortunately they're written out as lead sheets, not tab, you you'll still have to work out the fingering and a lot of the material yourself. Amazing reference and fun to look through for those of us that arrange though.

As far as finding Flecktones tabs, there are some here on the Hangout. You might have to search for some combination of Fleck, Bela Fleck or Flecktones to find them, but they're there. Other places on the internet also have tabs. Banjo Newsletter has a small stash of Fleck-transcribed tunes behind a very modest paywall that might be of use to you. HomeSpun also has some (Very very old) instructional material from Bela that goes deeper into his playing style which may also be helpful.

Happy Hunting!

Jun 13, 2021 - 9:22:49 PM

40 posts since 12/31/2012

Look up Ricky Mier on youtube and he's here on the Hangout too. He has some great Bela stuff. Very advanced but good stuff

Jun 13, 2021 - 10:33:28 PM

banjoy

USA

9681 posts since 7/1/2006

It's weird, but this link to the Guitar Center copy of "Drive" tab says it's from Hal Leonard...

guitarcenter.com/Hal-Leonard/B...-Fleck.gc

... yet the photo of the cover -- and the copy I'm holding in my hands as I type this -- clearly show this tab is from Homespun Tapes, there's even a foreword page from Homespun tapes in the booklet. Either way, it says out of stock...

I believe I bought my copy from HomeSpun, but their website does not show this tab anywhere I could find.

It IS odd to me that no tab can be found. I do see BASS tab for a lot of Bela Fleck tunes on Hal Leonard's website, but who cares about?

If indeed I'm holding a rare tab book, it may end up on eBay soon :)

I wish I could be of more help, but is is really odd that no Bela tab seems to be commercially available? That's just super weird to me. I guess Bela doesn't sanction it any more? What a shame.

Edited by - banjoy on 06/13/2021 22:35:30

Jun 17, 2021 - 4:05:36 PM

mamero

Canada

63 posts since 7/19/2018

Agreed, the lack of Flecktones banjo transcriptions is very odd. Are the flecktones too obscure for music book publishers to touch? Given Bela Fleck pretty much IS modern banjo, I would have thought there would at least be transcriptions floating around of their early recordings 1990-93.

Jun 17, 2021 - 4:12:24 PM

mamero

Canada

63 posts since 7/19/2018

quote:
Originally posted by banjoy

It's weird, but this link to the Guitar Center copy of "Drive" tab says it's from Hal Leonard...

guitarcenter.com/Hal-Leonard/B...-Fleck.gc

... yet the photo of the cover -- and the copy I'm holding in my hands as I type this -- clearly show this tab is from Homespun Tapes, there's even a foreword page from Homespun tapes in the booklet. Either way, it says out of stock...

I believe I bought my copy from HomeSpun, but their website does not show this tab anywhere I could find.

It IS odd to me that no tab can be found. I do see BASS tab for a lot of Bela Fleck tunes on Hal Leonard's website, but who cares about?

If indeed I'm holding a rare tab book, it may end up on eBay soon :)

I wish I could be of more help, but is is really odd that no Bela tab seems to be commercially available? That's just super weird to me. I guess Bela doesn't sanction it any more? What a shame.


Not quite the Flecktones but certainly a good foundation. I wonder where to find the Drive transcription book. Do you have the ISBN by chance?

Jun 17, 2021 - 4:23:29 PM

banjoy

USA

9681 posts since 7/1/2006

mamero

I have the book here as I type this and there is no ISBN, and the only Copyright notice is on the front cover, (C) 1990 Homespun Tapes.

There is a stock barcode on the back cover, ADBELDT01 which I think is Homespun's catalog number, but not sure.

This is very old tab that Bela did himself, obviously using an early, rudimentary tabbing program. He tabbed the tunes as 1/8 notes which I suspect is probably the only way that old tab software allowed, which back in the day it was all about capturing the notes and not necessarily the performance. He also charted all the chords at the beginning of the tab. It all looks like it was output on some dot matrix printer then copied and spiral bound.

My guess would be -- and that's all it is, a guess -- that these tabs don't meet the higher standards set by current tablature transcripts, so maybe Bela now has a higher standard than back then. But is sure is more than enough to get the gist of the tunes he tabbed out. For me, Drive was a transformational album.

Edited by - banjoy on 06/17/2021 16:24:58

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