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Clawhammer Banjo Tablatures

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Download all the TablEdit files in the table below zipped here.

Download all the tablatures in the table below in one pdf file here.

TEFView. Please note: the free TEFView programme is needed to read the TablEdit files on this page. TablEdit files play the tune and show the tablature together and are very useful for learning new tunes and how to read tablature. And for musicians wishing to create their own tablatures, I also recommend the full version of this software.

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"Angeline the Baker" Tablature Download TablEdit file Play/Download midi file pdf file mp3
"Arkansas Traveller" Version 1 Tablature Download TablEdit file Play/Download midi file pdf file mp3
"Arkansas Traveller" Version 2 Tablature Download TablEdit file Play/Download midi file pdf file mp3
"Bill Cheathum" Tablature Download TablEdit file Play/Download midi file pdf file Not recorded
"Boatman" Tablature Download TablEdit file Play/Download midi file pdf file mp3
"Bonaparte Crossing the Rhine" Tablature Download TablEdit file Play/Download midi file pdf file mp3
"Bonaparte's Retreat" Tablature Download TablEdit file Play/Download midi file pdf file mp3
"Bull at the Wagon" Tablature Download TablEdit file Play/Download midi file pdf file Not recorded
"Cottage in the Grove" Tablature Download TablEdit file Play/Download midi file pdf file Not recorded
"Clinch Mountain Backstep" Download TablEdit file Play/Download midi file pdf file mp3
"Dance All Night" Tablature Download TablEdit file Play/Download midi file pdf file Not recorded
"Dennis Murphy's Polka" Tablature Download TablEdit file Play/Download midi file pdf file mp3
"Flop-Eared Mule" Tablature Version 1 Download TablEdit file Play/Download midi file pdf file Not recorded
"Flop-Eared Mule" Tablature Version 2 Download TablEdit file Play/Download midi file pdf file mp3
"Frosty Morning" Tablature Download TablEdit file Play/Download midi file pdf file mp3
"Frosty Morning" Tablature (version by WildWest). Download TablEdit file Play/Download midi file pdf file mp3
"Get Along Home Cindy" Tablature Download TablEdit file Play/Download midi file pdf file mp3
"Jaybird" Tablature. Download TablEdit file Play/Download midi file pdf file mp3
"John Hardy" Tablature Download TablEdit file Play/Download midi file pdf file Not recorded
"June Apple" Tablature Download TablEdit file Play/Download midi file pdf file mp3
"Liberty" Tablature Download TablEdit file Play/Download midi file pdf file mp3
"Lost Indian" Tablature Download TablEdit file Play/Download midi file pdf file mp3
"Needle Case" Tablature Download TablEdit file Play/Download midi file pdf file mp3
"Old Joe Clark" Tablature Download TablEdit file Play/Download midi file pdf file mp3
"Old Molly Hare" Tablature Download TablEdit file Play/Download midi file pdf file mp3
"Old Mother Flanagan" Tablature Download TablEdit file Play/Download midi file pdf file mp3
"Pretty Little Dog" Tablature Download TablEdit file Play/Download midi file pdf file mp3
"Rock the Cradle Joe" Tablature (as played by Jim Pankey Download TablEdit file Play/Download midi file pdf file video clip
"Sally in the Gardens" Tablature Download TablEdit file Play/Download midi file pdf file mp3
"Sandy Boys" Tablature Download TablEdit file Play/Download midi file pdf file Not recorded
"Seneca Square Dance" Tablature Download TablEdit file Play/Download midi file pdf file Not recorded
"Shady Grove" Tablature Download TablEdit file Play/Download midi file pdf file mp3
"Shady Grove" (simplified) Tablature Download TablEdit file Play/Download midi file pdf file Not recorded
"Snow Drop" Tablature Download TablEdit file Play/Download midi file pdf file Not recorded
"Valley Forge" Tablature* Download TablEdit file Play/Download midi file pdf file Not recorded
"Waiting for Nancy" Tablature Download TablEdit file Play/Download midi file pdf file Not recorded
"Waterbound" Double C Tuning Tablature Download TablEdit file Play/Download midi file pdf file mp3
"Waterbound" Open G Tuning Tablature Download TablEdit file Play/Download midi file pdf file mp3
"Wedding Dress" Tablature Download TablEdit file Play/Download midi file pdf file mp3
"Western Country" Tablature Download TablEdit file Play/Download midi file pdf file mp3

MP3 files

All the tablatures above are exactly as played in mp3s available for free download at the: Internet Archive

Guitar Tablature

This is the tablature for "Cherry Rag", a ragtime guitar tune I composed in 2004. It was inspired by the ragtime guitar playing of talented British singer-songwriter Michael Chapman. The mp3 of this tune below was recorded with mandolin player Gerry Dempsey playing an improvisation alongside the guitar.

Tablature Image Tablature file Left click midi file to play it;
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pdf file mp3
"Cherry Rag" Tablature Download TablEdit file Play/Download midi file pdf file mp3

Creative Commons License

Tom Joad's audio, midi, video, tablature and other works on the World Wide Web are distributed with a Creative Commons Attributon-NonCommercial-ShareAlike Licence. Click here for the precise details. This means, for example, that any person can download and improve on the above tablatures and post them on the Web so long as they are published with an identical license. Perhaps add some interesting variations on the tune? Simplify an awkward part? Or just add some changes that make the tune flow more smoothly. Similarly, it means that the mp3s can be downloaded and used in a larger project. This could be adding a guitar or fiddle track to one of the banjo tunes to enhance the sound. To fully understand the purpose of this type of licensing, visit the Creative Commons web-site. And here is a video clip explaining the concept. There are more clips on the Creative Commons site.