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Oct 3, 2023 - 7:30:56 AM
26 posts since 8/9/2023

I have a few pdf's with all the chords for tenor banjo and a few tenor banjo methods but they are mostly melodies and written in either tab or standard notation. I need something like a pdf with the 100 most famous tunes from 1900 to 1940, ideally written with the tenor banjo (CGDA) in mind, and with just the lyrics and the chords (just the name of them), no tabs, no staff.

I am rubbish at reading music (I am working it) so I want to fool around with chords.

Oct 3, 2023 - 8:20:23 AM
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556 posts since 4/11/2019

Doctor Uke has some of what you might be interested in.

Most of the songs have one section with chord boxes for ukulele and a second section with just the chords. Some songs even have audio files to help work out the kinks.

I use it for all kinds of instruments.

Its a fun rabbit hole to go into....

Oct 3, 2023 - 8:43:28 AM
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697 posts since 2/16/2005

The CREOLE JAZZ BAND fake book is always a great resource.  Just Google "Creole Jazz Band fake book" and you will find several Internet sources for it. 

All the tunes are pre-1926 and so are in public domain, there are no copyright issues.  This fake book also has other matching editions with the same tunes transposed into the keys of Bb and Eb, for bands that also have a clarinet, sax or tuba -- very helpful ! 

Unlike some other fake books I've used, this one has pretty accurate and reliable chord changes, and best of all, it's free.   SETH

Oct 3, 2023 - 3:25:36 PM
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31 posts since 11/24/2008

Have you tried ‘Dixieland Jazz Banjo’ from Hal Leonard?

It has the words and chords and chord diagrams for tenor and plectrum but can ignore those. Also has the staff for melody line which can ignore.

Here’s a link with preview so can see the layout, I’ve found it to be a useful book.

Oct 6, 2023 - 12:28:41 PM
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2 posts since 1/14/2014

You might like to check out Jim Bottorff's website. He has hundreds of tunes from early jazz and pop to some fairly current popular songs, all free to print and most with midi files to listen and play along to. He is a San Francisco Bay Area resident and I've known him since the mid-1970s. Go to

Oct 7, 2023 - 12:32:20 PM
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17 posts since 7/9/2019

There's a bunch of early jazz fakebooks free to download here - although it's good form to leave a donation.

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