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So you built your CBG and now you need something to play on it, right? Well, if you're not completely musically inclined or can't read traditional music, tabs are your answer. If you're like me, you read tabs and sometimes make them. Paste'em here.
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Glen, what was the tuning you used for, "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry"?
I can make everything work on an unfretted, slide 3-string except for the 2-0-2 pattern 4 measures before the end. For that I need to put the slide on the 7th fret position and strum just the middle and bass strings--leaving the treble string silent. (I guess the tab would be x-7-7.)
I know a lot of you guys are confident with making fretboards, but I'm still enamored of my primitive slide-only guitars.
There are discussions elsewhere on CBG Nation about publishing complex tabs to help advanced players. That's great, but we all need more basic tabs like this one to help us learn to play without unreasonable amounts of effort. Please keep 'em coming.
Thanks Glenn I'll give it try.
Thanks all of you that replied to my amplifier problem a few days ago. The comments were really helpful!! By the way does anyone have any Christmas music in tab form to share?
Thanks for the ABC link. Looks like there's pretty broad support for that format in the folk/ethno/traditional community. Come to think of it, I guess that group includes CBGs.
I don't have time to download and experiment right now, but I'll save the link and look into it as soon as time permits.
Hi TN Twang (and anyone else) There's a Windows application called "ABC Explorer" which provides a pretty nice GUI to the ABC music notation standard which is well worth the free download if you are interested in exploring or using the ABC Music format. In addition to providing tools to assist you in using the ABC notation, the program provides midi support and pdf formatting. So you can listen to the tunes as you are creating or editing them, and you can also "pretty print" the finished product. Here's the URL...
I like to use "JC's ABC Tune Finder" to locate ABC music files which I can then cut and paste (or save, then open in) ABC Explorer to edit them and to adapt them into dulcimer tabs. Usually you will find several versions of the same song (especially if it's popular), so you may need to research which is the best version, and perhaps adapt the best versions to your own. It also seems that the ABC music format is particularly popular in the UK, so if you are into oldish English, Scottish, Welsh or Irish music, then this URL is for you...
Again most of the tunes are of the "traditional" or "folk music" genres. Most these tunes sound great on dulcimers and similar instruments.
To Ian MC Donald,
I agree with what you're saying about 4-string tuning, and I use a similar tuning on my 3-string. I really like being able to provide a good major chord by just barring across the strings, but it scares me that you're cranking the tuning all the way up to high A.
I tune my 3-strings (low to high) to either F#-a-d (Open D) or G#-b-e (Open E). As soon as I finish making that 4-string that's sitting on the workbench, I'll be able to put a low D or E on the bottom.
I'd be afraid to pull even a light high "E" string all the way up to higher A. Are you, perhaps using the "middle" 4 strings out of a 6-string set and tuning the whole thing an octave lower than what I'm thinking about?
PS Didn't know Justin had his stuff on a CD. Gotta' keep up...
Hey Gary, Here's a great way to play just about any sound by the Wizard Justin Johnson. He has a lot of great videos on youtube. Meet him @ last weeks Pennsylvania Fest & bought his new instructional CD. Here's a link: http://youtu.be/Ajcyyh11M0Q
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