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May 22, 2024 - 7:56:51 AM
6 posts since 5/21/2024

So I found this song while searching a new tune to learn and immediately fell in love with this one. I looked up on internet for the tab, but unfortunately i didn't find it.

I tried to play it by ear but I can only do the first part of the song more or less similar to the one in the audio using gDGCD tuning and 2 finger style.


May 22, 2024 - 8:21:34 AM
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May 22, 2024 - 8:36:55 AM

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I think its a piano tab, but if its for banjo I dont know how to read it :(

May 22, 2024 - 9:50:06 AM

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Here's the piano part transposed up 5 keys to get it into banjo range. This transcript is from a midi so there are some editing that would need to be done in certain sections. gCGBbD


Edited by - mmuussiiccaall on 05/22/2024 09:55:28

May 22, 2024 - 10:18:08 AM

6 posts since 5/21/2024

Not bad, the melody is there and sounds good, but would need some work too

May 22, 2024 - 10:36:25 AM

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quote:
Originally posted by Spanish Folk

I think its a piano tab, but if its for banjo I dont know how to read it :(


I posted the original published arrangement for banjo.  Until the "folk era" (and the anti-intellectualism that came with it) notation was the way music for the banjo was recorded and shared.

It is easy to read (I mean, I taught myself how so how hard could it be?).  Luckily there are instruction books that include everything you would need to know.

Here are 78 instruction books, pick one.  I like the A. J. Weidt system in 5 volumes for clear and graded info.  But the Eureka, Jennings, Armstrong, Bacon, or Converse books are all good.

https://archive.org/details/@joel_hooks/lists/2/banjo-tutors-a-notation

May 22, 2024 - 10:37:17 AM

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quote:
Originally posted by mmuussiiccaall

Here's the piano part transposed up 5 keys to get it into banjo range. This transcript is from a midi so there are some editing that would need to be done in certain sections. gCGBbD


The version I posted has already been arranged for 5 string banjo by the original publisher. 

May 22, 2024 - 11:25:59 AM
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Thanks for the books friend, I will read A.Js book and see how it goes

May 22, 2024 - 11:26:47 AM

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Joel, the midi file that I used did not have a breakout of the individual parts so I decided to make arrangement of the complete score in a key in which the banjo was possible. it would’ve taken hours of editing to make a tab of the PDF from the banjo part which I was not willing to do, this only took 15 minutes so my time I agree that the OP should learn to read music if he likes this kind of style,

May 22, 2024 - 3:14:46 PM
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Here's tab of "Mississippi Rag" by Krell. I did this back in 2022, transcribed from Joel's original. The tab is usable for any tuning that is based on the gCGBD scheme (ie, the original eAEG#B, which would have been read in A but the banjo would have been pitched gCGBD).

As usual, my tabs use my best guess at fingering...often the original, if given. You may find alternate fingerings which work better for you...


Edited by - trapdoor2 on 05/22/2024 15:17:50

May 22, 2024 - 3:52:31 PM

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quote:
Originally posted by Spanish Folk

Thanks for the books friend, I will read A.Js book and see how it goes


I applaud you for cracking these books open. Learning to read can open up a lot of great banjo music that would otherwise remain hidden. Commit to learning, and don't be discouraged if it takes a while. The rewards are worth the effort.

May 23, 2024 - 6:04:32 AM

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Originally posted by Nic Pennsylvania
quote:
Originally posted by Spanish Folk

Thanks for the books friend, I will read A.Js book and see how it goes


I applaud you for cracking these books open. Learning to read can open up a lot of great banjo music that would otherwise remain hidden. Commit to learning, and don't be discouraged if it takes a while. The rewards are worth the effort.


The best part is that one only needs to learn to read once.  One and done!  The little time spent seems like a lot, but the effort opens up SO much material that is otherwise unexplored. 

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