Tabledit Files and PDFs…

This site is exclusively a Tabledit site.

In other words, ALL tabs were worked out in Tabledit and are presented in Tabledit.

I also post PDFs of most of the Tabledit (TEF) files because some folks find them useful…

However, PDFs are secondary to Tabledit files where this site is concerned…

Get Tabledit or TEFView (It’s FREE sister program) – CLICK HERE…

So, if an individual downloads or buys tabs on this site and doesn’t use Tabledit to listen to the arrangement (MIDI), they are greatly defeating the purpose of this site for themselves.

I got an e-mailed request for a detailed explanation of a tab he/she purchased…

I’m not here to teach or explain, just arrange and present…

The questions asked could all have been explained had the individual downloaded the FREE version of Tabledit, which is TEFView from the Tabledit site.

They could have listened to the MIDI playback via TEFView (FREE) or Tabledit and their questions would have been answered quickly…

Explaining quarter notes, strum styles, correct fingering, etc., is nearly instantaneous when you let the program play it for you to hear… You also see the tab as it is being played, so that offers even more information.

And my explanations written out, in my own opinion, are nowhere near as good as you listening to the tab get played through TEFView or Tabledit…

I’m not scolding anyone, just pointing out that Tabledit and TEFView (FREE) are magnificent programs and to use the PDFs (INSTEAD OF) Tabledit and TEFView is counter-intuitive when you’ve got all the power of the programs to help you.

Most of us, me included, prefer to play by ear.

When we can’t play by ear, we depend on our eyes and (tab) or (standard music notation) to help our fingers find the right path.

This reminds me of a joke that hopefully will help drive the point of this post home:

A young fellow goes into a car dealership and talks to a salesman about his first car purchase. They come to an agreement and the young man gets the car.

2 days later, the young man brings the car back to return it.

“Wow”, the young man tells the salesman, “I had really hoped I’d be tooling down the roads in this beauty, but it turns out to be more trouble than it’s worth!”

“Please show me what you’re talking about, let’s go look at the car”, responds the salesman…

The young man and the salesman go out to the car and the young man puts it in neutral and starts pushing the car…

“What are you doing?” cries the salesman…

“Pushing the car!”… responds the young man…

“Son, the car has a motor and a key to start it… It’s SELF-PROPELLED!”…

“Oh my!”  responds the young man, “I never would have known!”…

The moral of this story boils down to simply taking advantage of the amazingly handy tools of Tabledit and it’s FREE sister program TEFView to help demonstrate the tablature’d arrangements to you visually and audibly.

Here’s a quick DEMO of the playback ability of Tabledit and TEFView – CLICK HERE…

Hope this helps…

BanjoTom2

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2 Responses to Tabledit Files and PDFs…

  1. ernst saunders says:

    Hi Tom,
    Thank you.. you are providing tools that go way beyond what i would consider normal. People have to realize that there is much work to be done on OUR part to be able to continue to learn to play, play better and learn new songs. You have provided us two of the three tools for learning… what to learn, how it’s supposed to go… now we need to put in the time to put it together. Thank you for all your time and effort to help us wannabe banjo/mando enthusiasts.

  2. banjotom2 says:

    Thanks Ernst! I think some of the folks who are using “PDFs only”, are younger, in the ‘iPhone-only’ generation, meaning they do most of their on line studying through a phone instead of a PC or laptop. It’s all good, I just hate that they’re missing out on the incredible features that Tabledit and TEFView have to offer…

    Good hearin’ from ya!

    Tom

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