Next to joining Banjo Ben as a Life Member this has to be the second best investment I have made in my quest to learn to play the banjo…
Whether your instrument of choice is Banjo, Guitar or Mandolin or all three I would encourage you to purchase TablEdit. or obtain the FREE TefView Software. It’s an excellent tool to assist you learn to read and listen to TAB in the form of a Tef File.
Ben creates TABs in both TEF and PDF Files for pretty much every lesson.
The beauty of TablEdit/TefView is you can actually hear and see the TAB, use it as an aid to help you learn to play your instrument. It helps you with your timing and as an aid to help you increase your playing speed as you develop your playing skills.
Over the last nine years I have been studying banjo I have lost count of how many times a Nubie has asked this question over on the Banjo Hangout.
How can I learn to play faster ?
Well mystery solved at last. Lot’s of practice and TablEdit.
TablEdit is a program for creating, editing, printing and listening to tablature and sheet music (standard notation) for guitar and other fretted, stringed instruments, including mandolin, bass and banjo (even taking into consideration the special aspect of the fifth string).
Additionally, TablEdit, while designed for guitarists, by guitarists, is not limited to fretted instruments like other tablature programs. Through ongoing consultation with experts on other instruments, TablEdit has developed support for hammered and mountain dulcimer, harmonica, diatonic button accordion, chromatic accordion, anglo-irish concertina, drums, violin, tin whistle, recorder, xaphoon, native american flute, autoharp, pedal steel guitar, arabic oud…
TablEdit runs on Windows and Mac. A lite version (TEFpad) is available for iOS and Android.
Here is where to find it.