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…Why are banjo tabs often written in half speed? Many tabs I retrieved from internet are written in half-time, not sure if half-time is the right word but I mean that there are two measures used to write out one measure (or maybe easier, eight notes are written as quarter notes)…
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I’ve noticed some do that as well. If you learn from Murphy Henry via the Murphy Method, she uses that form (which I believe is 2/4?). But I also subscribe to Banjo Newsletter and none of their tabs are written that way, but rather in 4/4 time like Ben.
I just read on the internet that fiddlers often write their music in 2/2 timing to reduce repetitive 8th note phrasing but actually play in 2/4 timing, and that old time bluegrass was actually written in 2/4. I’m not at home where my Earl Scruggs book is, but now that my mind is turning gears I’m thinking that he also uses the “half-time” metering that you’re speaking of.
Did we just hi-jack this thread?