For as many years as I've been using tabs arranged with Tabledit, I've never actually given the demo a try. After 15 minutes I was convinced; I must own this software.
I started out trying to arrange this Paul Desmond tune in its native E?m key, but after some experimentation I noticed that Dm works much, much better on banjo; everything falls pretty much between the 5th and 7th frets. And playing it in E?m will be a simple matter of capoing on the first fret.
I got a bee in my bonnet to come up with a 3-finger melodic style arrangement of Paul Desmond's Take Five this afternoon. Partly because it's a great tune, partly because I want to get comfortable with the melodic style, and partly because I want to get more famliar with the fretboard, which will be immensely helpful with number two.
The original arrangement is in the key of E?m, which does not map intuitively at all to the standard five-string banjo tuning of GDGBD; when your instrument is tuned to an open G chord, everything you play wants to gravitate to the key of G.
Using the Gravity Boy chord finder I was able to come up with some reasonably sane fingerings for the two chords used by the main part of the tune, E?m and B?m7:
E?m ------- (2rd Fret) | * | | ------- * | * * ------- | | | | ------- B?m7 ------- (5th Fret) | * * * ------- | | | | ------- * | | | -------
If you don't play the 3rd string (B?) on the E?m chords, you can get away with just barreing the fourth fret.
I haven't tackled the bridge yet, but according to this page the chords are C?maj7, A?m7, B?m7, E?m7, A?m7, D?7,G?maj7,Gdim7, Fm7?5 and B?7?9. Should be interesting. I think I may need to finally bite the bullet and shell out for some musical notation/tab software.
Amazingly, the Blogger account I created five years ago (five internet years!) is still active, which is as good a reason as any to resume weblogging in a somewhat organized fashion by using this service rather than my own installation of MovableType or TextPattern.
I may be singing a different tune if I get back into the groove, but for now I'm content to let somebody else do the heavy lifting, leaving me to worry about generating content. I do enough heavy lifting at work.
For my own future reference, here is the syntax to use from the DOS command line to connect to another Windows share as a different user and without the “reconnect next time I log on” option. Definitely less tedious than using the “Map Network Drive” dialog:
net use * \servershare /persistent:no /user:username