FAQ - What's up with the parentheses?
I usually put a majority of the fiddle notes in the tabs because I enjoy learning them that way. The beginners or less agile people that use my tabs might have an easier time if they skip the optional notes You don't have to play them to convey the melody and it might even sound better, or at least less cluttered, to leave them out.
You can leave comments on the Guest Book or contact me directly at ken taterjoes. You'll also find that sometimes when you are just playing the melody note the banjo sounds quite a bit better if you are holding down the chord even if you don't play the other notes. I'll fix them as I play them a bit and work out the bugs.
Likewise, sometimes I add too much of the melody here and end up dropping some out usually the off beat melody notes and adding more chords bum-dittys when I play up to speed with others. You also might just miss the note you mean to hit or catch the adjacent strings so it's an advantage to have them be notes in the chord.
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They have most of the melody but aren't fancy, up and down the neck melodic solos. If they are in a stack of notes a chord they are optional. Let me know if you want fiddle or banjo and add a note if you like.
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If something seems to complicated for you then do the same! Newest Tunes Don't forget, newest may be a little rough! So you could brush the whole chord but you might lose a bit of the melody.
As your right hand gets more nuanced you might find yourself just playing the melody note which isn't a bad place to start or putting some of the chord tones in there but still emphasizing the melody note. However, I frequently drop them out if it is a fast tune or as a variation.
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Sorry about the lack of new tunes Would you like to buy us a beer? They are optional notes because they are melody notes that the fiddle might play but they are not the core of the melody. These notes most often happen on the off beat. If I have two versions in a tab it will typically be a more melodic verison then one where the "extra" notes have been left out and simpler moves.
A lot of clawhammer banjo players don't use this much, I think it's a benefit to hold down a chord, or partial chord, if it's easy. Banjo Tabs Transcribed by Ken Torke These are all pretty straight-ahead, frailing style banjo tabulatures.