Novice: Easier than a Beginner arrangement. All arrangements in first position, key of G and in G tuning. Frequent quarter notes to “catch up, catch your breath”, rather than frequent passages of consecutive six or eight eighth notes as in higher level arrangements. The melody line is frequently played as quarter notes with the thumb, mixed with simple alternating thumb rolls, with pinches as space fillers at the end of phrases instead of tag licks. Few (if any) left – hand techniques, mostly the basic slide from 2nd to 3rd fret on the second string, 2nd to 4th fret on the third string or 4th to 5th fret on the fourth string. Few hammers and no pulls… these techniques start to appear in the “Beginner” category.
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Unless otherwise noted, tablature arrangements are in Scruggs style.
s – Scruggs style
m – melodic style
ss – single string style
c – classical style (usually chord melody)
pp – pedal point technique
utn – up the neck
Jack has spent fifty years learning to play and teach banjo and in publishing banjo instruction materials. He has acquired the knowledge and ability necessary to plot the most efficient left-hand fingering and right-hand sequencing while still rendering an accurate melody, which has resulted in playable, easily memorized melody-oriented arrangements can be proud to play in any jam session or public performance. Many feature creative and esthetically pleasing variations which can be used to win banjo contests. He has spent hundreds of hours on (expensive) state-of-the-art Finale software creating these clear, legible tablature arrangements.
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