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- ALL NEW ARRANGEMENTS will be posted in 'New Tabs' pages above.
- ALL NEW Tabs have an associated MIDI sample file (click on title).
My Tabledited arrangements are:
- In the Key of G (unless otherwise stated) and are intended for experienced beginners to intermediate players.
- My goal is to provide relatively 'easy-to-understand-and-play' arrangements in various genres.
I have 2 basic types of arrangement:
- Instrumental and...
- Fakebook style... (Fakebook has Lyrics, Melody-as-Sung, Back-Up Banjo, and Usually a Solo).
- "Fakebook" format (my term), is where the 'Melody-as-Sung' is on the top banjo staff and expressed with a MIDI 'harmonica voice' for contrast on playback.
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10 tabs for $8 or 20 tabs for $15. Click on title for more details! ("Groups" or "sets" of tunes are not included as singles in this offer). You may consider any single within a group, however. E-mail me a list of the tunes you're interested in and use the "10 Tabs" selection inside this posting to pay for the group of tabs you're interested in. Tom
|And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda - Eric Bogle: Fairly Easy|
This is a 2 part arrangement because of the sheer length. Part A and Part B. It is a Fakebook arrangement with ALL verses and choruses. The banjo plays back-up exclusively in this arrangement. There is no solo, per se. Added 6-20-2012 See NEW TABS page for the MIDI sample file.
"Canon in D", "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" ,"Ode To Joy", "Sheep May Safely Graze"...
|Eleanor Rigby - Lennon & McCartney - Moderately Easy...|
This Fakebook arrangement in G contains the melody as sung on the top staff, supported by roll-style Banjo Back-Up underneath. After each Chorus-Verse segment of vocals is a Moderately Easy Scruggs style solo, mostly in the Open-Position. This is absolutely one of my all-time favorite Beatles tunes. Added 5-15-2012
|Freight Train by Elizabeth Cotten (Key of F)|
This is a combo-arrangement that opens with a Chord-Melody solo and procedes to a 3-finger, bluegrass style solo in the unusual and usually non-banjo key of F. I originally intended this as a chord study, but it progressed to a full blown, multi-style arrangement. See NEW TABS page for the complete MIDI sample file.
|Garcia & Grisman (Shady Grove)...|
"Dreadful Wind & Rain", "Fair Ellender (Lord Thomas and...)", "Jenny Jenkins", "Louis Collins", "Off To Sea Once More", "Shady Grove", "Whiskey In The Jar"...
|Georgia - Hoagy Carmichael|
Banjo solo in G... Fingerstyle, but not really Scruggs style, i.e., there are no Scruggs 'licks' in the tune but there are rolls throughout. This arrangement also contains some Chord-Melody playing to help promote the melody and jazz-feel. Not hard to play.
|Hank Williams, Sr.|
"Cold, Cold Heart", "Hey, Good Lookin'", "I Saw The Light", "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry", "Jambalaya", "You're Cheatin' Heart"...
"Thirty Years of Farming" and "Just as the Sun Went Down"...
"Annie's Song", "Country Roads", "Leavin' On A Jet Plane"...
|Johnny Cash Collection...|
"Big River", "Don't Take Your Guns To Town" (as of 9-6-2011), "Folsom Prison Blues", "Give My Love To Rose", "God's Gonna Cut You Down", "I Still Miss Someone", "I Walk the Line", "Man in Black", "Ring Of Fire", "San Quentin", "Tennessee Flat Top Box", "Wreck of the Old Ninety-Seven"...
|Jolene - Dolly Parton - Moderately Challenging|
Fake book style arrangement with ALL lyrics, out of standard tuning in the Key of dm. Basic Scruggs style solo moves from Open-Position to the 12th fret, making this arrangment, Moderatley Challenging. - Added 5-13-2012
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|"Alberta" - Eric Clapton|
Fakebook arrangement in G. Fairly Easy to play. Added 10-6-2013. CLICK ON TITLE TO ACCESS MIDI SOUND FILE.
|"Angel from Montgomery" - John Prine|
Full out Fakebook arrangement with 2 complete banjo solos. All lyrics are included in solo. CLICK ON TITLE TO ACCESS MIDI SOUND SAMPLE FILE. Thanks, Tom (11-4-2013)
|"Christmas in Prison" - John Prine|
This is a FULL-OUT FAKEBOOK arrangement with Banjo Solos and contains ALL LYRICS to the song. The Solos are very easy to play. CLICK ON TITLE TO ACCESS THE MIDI SOUND SAMPLE FILE. Added 11-28-2013
|"Cliffs of Dover" - Eric Johnson - Excerpt|
Melodic style banjo excerpt of the most outstanding Signature Riff in Eric's Tune. Not at all hard to play... about as difficult or simple as Blackberry Blossom. Added 7-27-2013
|"Dazed & Confused" - Led Zeppelin|
This is an instrumental banjo solo that is really just the dirgeful melody of the bass played on banjo, first as a simple single note pattern, followed by arpeggiated variations. I like novel melodies, especially in minor keys, this one fit my 'dirge' requirement, so here it is! CLICK ON TITLE TO ACCESS MIDI SOUND SAMPLE FILE.
|"Gallows Pole" - Traditional, Led Zeppelin|
This is a Fakebook arrangement that includes the first 3 verses and Chorus of 'Gallows Pole' as performed by Led Zeppelin. It includes banjo parts, guitar parts, bass, mandolin and percussion for effect in playback mode... CLICK ON TITLE TO ACCESS THE MIDI SOUND SAMPLE FILE... Added 9-21-2013
|"Grandma Got Run Over by A Reindeer" - Randy Brooks - SOLO ONLY (no Fakebook, no Lyrics)|
This is a BG-Style SOLO ONLY... there are no lyrics, etc.
This is a mostly open-position, fairly easy-to-play solo, but there is on closed-position C chord... still not at all difficult to play.
I enjoyed working this one out... and I prefer this arrangement to my own Fakebook rendition...
It was time for an upgrade...
CLICK ON TITLE FOR ACCESS TO THE MIDI SOUND FILE...
|"Hotel California" - The Eagles (Added 10-9-2013)|
This is a Fakebook arrangement in the key of dm. It contains ALL of the lyrics of the song in question. I had to improvise a 'banjo-y' solo... I couldn't make my banjo do what Don Felders electric guitar did in the song. Either way, it has a banjo solo intro to parallel what the guitar did in the original. I enjoyed working this one out and believe you will enjoy playing it. Only Moderately Challenging. CLICK ON TITLE TO ACCESS THE MIDI SOUND SAMPLE FILE.
|"I Know You Rider" - Grateful Dead|
All instrumental in the key of G. Not hard to play by my standards. An experienced beginner should be able to play this one. All open position. Basic Scruggs style. No chokes, etc. Added 10-5-2013
|"I'll Follow The Sun" - Lennon & McCartney|
A Fakebook arrangement in G that contains all lyrics and 2 solos based upon the verse melody. Added 9-12-2013. CLICK ON THE TITLE TO ACCESS THE MIDI SOUND FILE SAMPLE.
|"KIng of the Road" - Roger Miller|
I have two arrangements now.
The FIRST is an instrumental, featuring the melody of Rogers great tune in G.
The SECOND is a Fakebook arrangement (added today, 8-20-2013) that features the vocals, all of the lyrics and a Banjo Solo nestled between verses.
Both will be sent for the same 3 dollars.
CLICK ON TITLE TO ACCESS THE MIDI SAMPLE FILES.
|"Livin' Lovin' Maid (She's Just A Woman)" - Led Zeppelin|
This instrumental arrangement is short and sweet covering the main licks in Zep's famous tune. It requires Reno-style picking, Melodic and Scruggs or Bluegrass style/Roll style picking in order to play. I arranged it while playing with no picks on... a little more skill and care required for playing with picks. CLICK ON TITLE TO ACCESS MIDI SOUND FILE. Added 9-27-2013
|"Magical Mystery Tour" - Lennon & McCartney...|
Basically a Fakebook arrangement plus some solo material, such as the Intro (brass, but played by banjo here) and the little jazz section in the middle, Segue, etc)... Not a bad arrangement and fun to play... CLICK ON TITLE FOR ACCESS TO THE MIDI SOUND SAMPLE FILE... Added 10-19-2013
|"Mean" by Taylor Swift|
Full-out FAKEBOOK arrangement with ALL verses, choruses and banjo solos between! CLICK ON TITLE TO ACCESS MIDI FILE...
|"Money" - Lennon & McCartney|
This is a fairly simple Fakebook arrangement in G. The banjo plays the introductory licks which are also used between verses... I would use this arrangement as a guide to playing the song in support of a singer... play the licks and the chords... and sing and you're there! CLICK ON TITLE TO ACCESS THE MIDID SOUND SAMPLE FILE. Added 12-6-2013
|"Rain" - Lennon & McCartney|
This is a Fakebook arrangement where the banjo mostly plays back-up. Having said that, the banjo plays the open riffs which get repeated later as part of the Chorus. I love this song and am very pleased with this arrangement. Added 10-20-2013 - CLICK ON TITLE FOR ACCESS TO MIDI SOUND SAMPLE FILE.
|"Stairway to Heaven" - Led Zeppelin - FAKEBOOK arrangement|
Fakebook arrangement: Contains ALL lyrics to song. This arrangement parallels what the acoustic guitar did in the original PLUS there is a short solo near the end of the arrangement. I am proud of this work! Added 10-15-2013. CLICK ON TITLE TO ACCESS MIDI SOUND SAMPLE FILE.
|"Tears in Heaven" - Eric Clapton|
All instrumental in G. Fairly easy to play, mostly open position. Added 10-6-2013. CLICK ON TITLE TO ACCESS MIDI SOUND FILE.
|"Wonderful Tonight" by Eric Clapton|
All instrumental in the key of G. Mostly open position and very basic Scruggs or BG style playing. I consider it an 'easy-moderate' arrangement. Added 10-5-2013. CLICK ON TITLE TO ACCESS MIDI SOUND FILE
|"Yellow Brick Road" - Elton John|
All instrumental in the Key of G. Not hard to play, but does require a little bar chord work. Small, 3 note bar chords, not a big deal. . Added 10-27-2103. CLICK ON TITLE TO ACCESS MIDI SOUND FILE
|99 Problems - Hugo: Moderately Easy|
A melodic style banjo solo in the key of em, featuring the melody of Hugo's "99 Problems". Not hard to play. CLICK ON TITLE TO GAIN ACCESS TO THE MIDI SOUND SAMPLE FILE - Added 10-9-2012
|Addams Family Theme Music (10-4-2012)|
Very basic, melody only, instrumental with lyrics under tablature for reference - Not difficult - Basic, open-position Scruggs style - Added 10-4-2012 - CLICK ON TITLE FOR ACCESS TO THE MIDI SOUND FILE...
|Amanda - Waylon Jennings|
Fakebook arrangement in G with ALL lyrics set on a melody line. CLICK ON TITLE FOR ACCESS TO MIDI SOUND FILE. Added 10-04-2012
|America The Beautiful - Chord Melody (Very Pretty)|
This is a Chord-Melody Instrumental arrangement for solo banjo. It plays without use of the 5th string, i.e., it does all of the chord-melody on the first 4 strings in 'Plectrum' style, essentially. It's a great chord exercise for learning the neck of your banjo! CLICK ON TITLE TO FIND MIDI SAMPLE! - FREE!
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