TablEdit Users Say:
"I use TablEdit to help me learn the Banjo. There is nothing else out their even close to the functionality of TablEdit for Banjo. And now use it on my iPad too."
- David Mendel, California, USA
TablEdit for Banjo
TablEdit has supported banjo tablature since it's earliest days. TablEdit was the first tablature program to handle the fifth string correctly, and supports four string banjo as well!
The first thing to do when starting a new TAB for banjo is to select the instrument. This is very easily done by opening a new file, clicking on the tuning to the left of the TAB staff and select your preferred banjo tuning from the pull down list. If you don't find your preferred tuning on the pull down list, just select the one that's closest and adjust the individual strings to suit your needs.
Now, to be totally honest, Matthieu and I are not banjo players, we're guitarists. But we recognize the special and unique qualities that make the banjo the instrument that it is. With that in mind, we decided that I should ask a banjo player for their thoughts about TablEdit and the banjo.
Enter Richard "Rick" McKeon, banjo player and instructor extrordinaire!
The following is my conversation with Rick:
Rick's not the only Banjo player singing TablEdit's praises, over the years I've heard from hundreds of banjo players and instructors...
Here's what a few of them have to say.
Of all the music programs that I use I find TablEdit to be the one I use the most. It is the most practical and easiest to use of all the notation and/or tab programs that I have tried. I am interested in Bluegrass so there are a lot of tabs that I download for banjo, mandolin and guitar.
I am studying banjo and I enter tabs and play them back to hear the way they sound. I've also done the same thing with guitar tabs.
New Orleans, LA
I use TablEdit as a part of my instructional program. I find it to be an instrumental component for my students and myself. It gives me the ability to create lessons for my students that they can follow either by using the free viewer or printouts of the tablature. For the student, they benefit greatly by having the ability to adjust the tempo to whatever speed they need and select specific phrases they may be having trouble with.
I play bluegrass banjo in a band and need to be able to work out my own breaks. TablEdit gives me the freedom to write, edit and playback my creations. I don't always remember what I've played in the past, so it's nice to be able to refresh by memory from the files I've made. Whether you are a beginning musician, or a proficient picker, I'm confident that you will find TablEdit as useful and helpful as I do.
Thanks.TablEdit has been a big help to me. I play in a band where some of the people are only note readers. I am not, so teaching them had been difficult clumsy. Using TablEdit I was able to tab out some pieces that immediately translated to notes that they were able to read easily. I will continue to do this. I also give lessons on various instruments, including guitar, mandolin, fiddle, and banjo. This product enables me to "change gears" readily, as well as print out tabs and chord pictures for my students. I have it on my desktop and laptop so I can write or compose, or save musical ideas. This is a remarkably helpful tool, and worth every penny to any level musician. This is a truly wonderful product. It has become indispensable to me.
Thanks Keith for the unfailing tech support, TablEdit is a terrific program. I play 5 string banjo, and Tablature is a huge part of learning to play tunes and techniques. There is a world of Banjo players out there using this program and churning out material in the TablEdit format, then making it available for others and that's why I chose to use TablEdit. Its popular! I can read, print and playback the Music and Tabs that they have created with this program. I can adjust tempo, loop phrases and much more. It's just a Hoot! Sight reading with this program develops great hand/ear coordination!
Thanks all you pickers out there! Appreciate your TablEdit efforts!!
Gibsons, BC, Canada
TablEdit for Banjo Resources
Here are a few web sites that have banjo resources created with an using TablEdit:
- Banjo, Mandolin & Guitar Tabs, and Video Lessons by Banjo Ben Clark...
Learn how to play banjo, mandolin and guitar under the instruction of noted Nashville musician Banjo Ben Clark. Featuring video instructions, tab downloads, private lessons, a forum and much more!...
- Banjo Hangout - free banjo lessons, tabs, links, and more! Bluegrass, jazz,...
The Banjo Hangout--a banjo player's resource for everything banjo related, including lessons, tablature, and links to other banjo and bluegrass websites....
- Banj'r Home Page...
Banj'r is Don Borchelt's interactive collection of 77 three-finger style bluegrass banjo arrangements, presented in an interactive tablature format within a unique computer program. ...
- Banjo Teacher by Ross Nickerson...
An amazing resource for students and players featuring books for the Five Sting Banjo by Ross Nickerson...
- Clawhammer Banjo and Three Finger Banjo Books by "Wild Jimbo" Pankey...
Clawhammer Banjo and Three Finger Banjo Books by "Wild Jimbo" Pankey...
- ezFolk Home - Where the Folkies Play!...
Folk music site that provides free MP3 and video hosting for folk and acoustic artists as well as tablature and tutorials for ukulele, banjo, guitar, and harmonica....
- Free Gospel Banjo Tablature | Walkin' On Water...
The tablature is free for you to download and print for your own use. ...
- Guitar and Banjo Lessons with Rick McKeon...
This website is my attempt to share some of the wonderful music I have enjoyed over the years. Your comments and suggestions are always welcome. Instructional videos now available! ...