About the tabs
Some of the tabs are "singles," others have more breaks, back-ups or what ever. Some of them are huge and are a complete banjo course really. The idea is to show you different ways of playing one particular song. Don't think of them as "versions," or that you have to play them the way they are written. Some variations may be easier for you to play than others, always start with the ones that you can do. Don't sweat your way through stuff that's beyond your capability. If you do, the whole thing becomes a mess and don't at all sound like the song you are trying to play. When you don't hear for yourself what you are trying to do you simply cannot expect it to sound any good to others either and you're just wasting your time pretending. Pick a couple of tunes, certainly no more than three, that strike your fancy and learn those. When you know them, play them. When trying to learn the next tune and things don't progress the way you like, stop it. Play the one you do know again - this re-enforces your self confidence. When you are confident, you can tackle more stuff. When you are confident, your playing is playing - not practice.
Bluntly put, practicing sucks. But playing is playing and playing is fun. Even playing melody notes only, without all the flash and fills and things that get in the way of you hearing the melody for yourself, is fun. You can always add more fill-in notes later. When your own ears tell you what you are trying to play, you're having fun. And that folks, is what banjo playing is all about.
I use TabRite to produce the tabs. I enter them note for note by typing them in and some of them take many, many hours (feel free to leave a thank-you tip...). They do not come from a midi hookup on my banjo or something. That would be kinda nice though wouldn't it. It takes me about five minutes to type in a regular sixteen measure tune. A little longer if there's a bunch of triplets etc.
To answer a question a get regularly: there are other programs that can do similar stuff, like TablEdit and Music Eaze. They look pretty neat, all have their own special features. I have not used any of them so I don't really know just how good they are, they seem pretty decent. I use TabRite and I love it.
One more thing about the tabs. In the latest version of TabRite you can use slurs instead of little dashes to indicate pull-offs, hammer-ons etc. I didn't use any slurs to keep the tabs compatible with older versions of TabRite. If you want to have the neat looking slurs you can replace the dashes with the freebie (sorry, PC only) program TabDash I posted on the freebie pages of this website.
It took me a huge amount of time to make all these tabs available to you. If you found any of these tabs usufull, stupid, nice, great, a total waste of time, or whatever, sign the guest book and drop me an email. It's nice to get some kind of feedback. In fact, a picture postcard would be real nice, or if you feel like buying me a beer sometime, hey, here's to you. If you find yourself inspired enough to record any of these arrangements - make sure you take care of the copyright stuff eh - It'd be really neat if you'd send me an autographed copy of your cd. You might also consider buying one of my CD's or one of my awesone sounding banjo bridges and if you're not in the mood for those, well, I'll graciously accept tips - just click on the DONATE button on this page.
If you want to send me a picture post card as a token of your appreciation for making this free stuff available, don't be shy - here's the address:
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