“Father Finger” Banjo Tab v2

Link: https://dannyman.toldme.com/2015/03/23/father-finger-banjo-tab-v2/

  G B D D G B D D    E G D   E G D      G B D   G B D      A   A   B   G

I have been thinking about whether and where there are “drone notes” to work a roll around. I started with cleaning up the timing. (My knowledge of this song consists mainly of YouTube videos from India.) The bars go:

father finger x2
where are you? x2
here i am! x2
how do you do? x1

Each note here corresponds to a syllable, with quarter-note spacing on the last phrase. At least at the speed I play at this time, there is no roll to be added.

I did make two changes:
1) The fourth and eighth Ds in the first phrase moved from fifth string to fourth. Now the middle finger needs to be ready on that third fret a bit earlier, but we get out of plucking the fifth string twice in a row.
2) To avoid double-plucking in the third phrase, I went from G D D to G B D. They sound equally good to me, and to get G D D you can just keep your finger on the third fret.

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“Father Finger” Banjo Tab

Link: https://dannyman.toldme.com/2015/03/11/father-finger-banjo-tab/

Tommy can not get enough of this song, so I picked this out on the banjo. My first attempt at building my own tab:

 G B D D G B D D    E G D   E G D     G D D   G D D     A A B G  A A B G

As a total total total newbie, the wife helped me pick the notes out on the piano. I then shifted them left 3: C –> G, E –> B, because that is what was sounding right on the banjo. And I had picked out my own notes chart using the “Fine Chromatic Tuner” app:

0  1  2  3  4  5  6   (fingers on frets..)
D  D# E  F  F# G
B  C  C# D  D#
G  G# A  A# B  C  C#
D  D# E  F  F# G  G#
G  -----------------

The revelation was when I “discovered” (I’m sure I have been told but it hadn’t been relevant at the time) that the fifth “G” string matches first string, fifth fret. Before that I was picking 2, then 5 on the D string.

With any luck I can pick around on this and mush it into some roll somehow. It would be nice if the second bit mapped to a chord . . .

Good times!

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