Tab for Banjo

Tab for Banjo

I’ve been playing the banjo for a while now but I do not read music. When im reading ABC Format I find it very hard when it comes to lower case ie- a- d -e . If im playing A D E I can play an open string,s but my question is Are there any pictures of fretboards where you can see where you play large A-D-E and small a-d-e . They all seem to be written out in large letters .ps I hope this makes sense Des

Re: Tab for Banjo

Copy this into a document in Courier New or a similar font, and it will present the frets.

Fret: 0 | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 |
———————-+——-+——-+——-+——-+——-+——-+——-+
E String: e | =f | ^f | g | ^g | a | ^a | b |
A String: A | ^A | B | =c | ^c | d | ^d | e |
D String: D | ^D | E | =F | ^F | G | ^G | A |
G String: G, | ^G, | A, | ^A, | B, | =C | ^C | D |

Re: Tab for Banjo

The session’s site software reduces multiple consecutive occurences of spaces to a single space.

Re: Tab for Banjo

Nicely done, Ben. The dropbox link works well on my laptop. Just in case it’s not clear to Des, though: in ABC notation, = means natural, ^ means sharp, and although Ben didn’t use it, _ means flat.

Another way to express it: The capital letters are all the lower notes from open G up until the third fret on the A string (c natural), where it changes to lowercase and continues on up the scale.

Re: Tab for Banjo

Thank you all and happy new year Des

Re: Tab for Banjo

Regarding "_" for flats, yes! "_B" (B flat) and "_E" (E flat) are probably more likely to crop up in the ABC here than A# or D#.

Re: Tab for Banjo

Also keep in mind that whether a note is marked sharp (^) or flat (_) depends on the key and mode that you’re in. For instance, if the ABC is written in G major or D mixolydian, a C natural will just be marked as C, and a C sharp will be written as ^C.

Conversely, if the transcription is in D, then C sharp will just be marked as C, and a C natural would be marked as _C…

Re: Tab for Banjo

This recent discussion https://thesession.org/discussions/44368 pointed to a new site https://theirishmandolin.com/ that has tunes tab notation for mandolin. Because the tenor banjo is tuned the same way as a mandolin, the tabs work equally well for banjo.

The tunes are here: https://theirishmandolin.com/the-tunes/

Here’s an example of the tab notation: https://crosseyirishmandolin.files.wordpress.com/2019/11/an-rogaire-dubh.pdf

I know that’s not what you were asking for exactly, but I thought it was worth pointing out. Hope it helps!