Fiddle Tune Tabs

I added a new section to the main menu above called Fiddle Tune Tabs.

When I learn a new tune, I learn in tab notation. If you have read my page in Practice Resources – Reading Tabs, you already know that tabs is a form of musical notation that was invented to make reading music easier. It is a form of musical notation that shows where to place the fingers and in what order. Unlike traditional music notation, showing rhythm, duration, and pitch, tabs show where and when to place the fingers on the instrument, however there is no notation showing where to stop the sound, so the player needs to have familiarity with the piece being played either by already knowing the tune or listening to it.

Sometimes I can find tab notation for a new tune, but often I have to either take traditional music notation and transpose it into tabs, or create the tabs myself from sounding out the tune on my fiddle.

In this section of FFOF, I am going to start to post the tab version of tunes I am learning or have already learned. If you can use them, you are welcome to them. I will post the tab and have a download link if you wish to make a copy for yourself. I’ve started with Angelina Baker (Angeline the Baker), but will be adding others as I make them into pdf’s.

Here is a Blank Tab Form you may also find helpful.

  9 comments for “Fiddle Tune Tabs

  1. old cowboy
    May 18, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    I think you said you are using fiddlehed on line lessons? Are you paying for the lessons or using what he post for free?

    • May 18, 2019 at 4:23 pm

      I have a one year subscription I bought for $228/$19 a month.

      • old cowboy
        May 18, 2019 at 4:34 pm

        Do you feel you are getting your money’s worth considering he offers so much free stuff. Forgive me if I am sounding chincy but I am retired and living on a tight budget. Plus I am 76 yrs. old and wonder if it is worth it? I have been thinking about signing up for his lessons for awhile now. Beginning to feel guilty about taking all the free stuff.

        • May 18, 2019 at 6:13 pm

          I wouldn’t feel guilty about taking all the free stuff; after all, he is offering it for free. Yes, I feel I am getting my money’s worth. The free videos are good, but his course follows a logical progression, and he offers so much more on his paid subscription site such as play along tracks, exercise loops, practice notes, sheet music, tabs and more. Try it for just 1 month (he has a 1 month option) and see what you think.

          • old cowboy
            May 18, 2019 at 7:59 pm

            thanks for the info. I will give it some thought.

  2. old cowboy
    May 14, 2019 at 7:18 am

    I also use tabs. I use fiddlehed a lot. Sometimes he posts the tabs and I print them. Other times I play the video and slow it down and write the tabs as they appear on the screen. It is somewhat difficult learning a tune I don’t know so I keep playing parts of it over and over to get the rhythm of it. I am currently trying to play midnight on the water. It has been difficult. I have listened to every version of it I can find. I have the first part down to where you might recognize ii. HA HA To do it right you need to cross tune your fiddle to what they call dead man tuning. The G and E string are tuned down to D and you use a lot of double stops and slides in the playing. I am working on these now. Keep posting your thoughts. I get encouragement from them

    • May 14, 2019 at 10:19 am

      I have done the same with Fiddlehed. I have Adobe Photoshop so it is easy for me to type them on tab paper and post them…rather than my chicken scratch versions. One thing about using tabs, you do need to know the song or it makes it more difficult since tabs don’t indicate timing, tempo, etc. I know where I can get Smoke on the Water in Tab notation. I will email it to you right after I finish writing this. Glad you are encouraged by my posts. I also get encouragement back when you folks when you comment on a post or write in the forum! 🙂

      • old cowboy
        May 14, 2019 at 10:43 am

        the song is not Smoke on the water, it is Midnight on the water.

        • May 14, 2019 at 10:48 am

          😀 OOPS! Guess I was reading too fast! I can send you Midnight on the Water, too!

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