Wish I could play the guitar. Wish I could play chromatic. Wish I could play chordally. I can't do any of those things, but I can play melodies on my diatonic stick dulcimers. So I thought I should create a discussion on diatonic tabs. I have several song tabs already posted here on CBN, but they're on my blog on my personal page. Here are some links to what I've got so far...
All these songs are provided in ABC music format so that they can be easily modified. For instance, chromatic CBG players can adapt the tab's fret numbers to the chromatic guitar and re-post these songs (elsewhere) to provide a chromatic version of the song for other CBN members. Or, you can add verses, or make corrections as needed.
To get a pretty version of the music, first use the old Folkinfo Abc Converter (which is now hosted on Mandolintab.net). Just cut and paste the song's "ABC source code" into the big text box, and then click on the submit button. This will produce a "quick and dirty" .gif image which is then displayed. Just below this .gif image of the music you should see three links, one of them entitled "pdf", By clicking on the "pdf" link, it will regenerate the image as a .pdf file which you can view in your Adobe reader (a free download if you don't already have it). The .pdf version of the music will be very "pretty" in comparison to the .gif version. Also, the FolkInfo Abc Converter has a feature that allows you to easily transcribe the song into another key, should you need to do that.
I'll be adding songs from time to time, You will notice my "tabs" include the music notation to the melody line, and the Folkinfo Abc Converter provides the ability to generate and play a midi file. So between the two, you should be able to learn the melody if you never have heard it before.
If you want to learn more about the ABC music format, you can Google the Internet and find several website dedicate to teaching it. If you have done any coding, even just HTML, then you probably can pick up the ABC music format pretty easily. And I find that transcribing these few songs into ABC format has improved my music notation reading significantly.
Well, enjoy these songs.
I must be doing something wrong. The converter won't or can't produce the tab for dulcimer.
I tried it again with leading blank lines, and it worked. So, the problem is not leading blank lines. The Abc Converter just ignores them and when it finds more text lines, will try to process them. After it gets started, then a blank line tells the Abc Converter to stop.
Good news! The FolkInfo.org's superior ABC Converter is now being hosted on the mandolintab.net website. You can access it at this URL: http://mandolintab.net/abcconverter.php
The main advantage of using this ABC Converter over the one Concertina.net is that it supports an easy to use transpose function which some users may find helpful. The Mandolintab.net website also has some 10,000 tunes tabed for the mandolin (or other instruments tuned "GDAe"). With all these tabs, maybe a 4-stringer CBG tuned to "GDAe" will become a popular CBG configuration.
Added another song: Navvy Boots
Added another song: Mairi's Wedding
For those of you who want the .pdf version of the song for diatonic instruments tuned to D-A-D (or any other 1-5-8 tuning), I have updated my blog entries so that there is a download link for each of the songs. When you get to a song, scroll down past all the abc music notation, and at the bottom there will be a link which you can click to view the .pdf file, and you can then save it from your Adobe .pdf viewer. I'll try to remember to do this for my future postings as well.