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You guys are too funny!
I would have posted the dots but the version I have is from CE and our friend David Wade currently owns the copyright for CE publications. There are several other publications of "Yankee Land" out there...but this is the one I had. I don't use MIDI when there is an audio/video available (and with such a wonderful example in Eric's video, who would need it?). However, I have a terrible time trying to play music I've never heard...so MIDI is my last resort for such things.
I have to admit, I have been lax at working on my dot-reading skills. I can slog along though and sometimes even make sensible sounds. I played the first part of "Banjoliers" last night, straight from the dots but it took me an hour to make any sense of it. After that, I decided it might be a fun piece to learn, so I converted it to TAB. Whooosh! 15min after getting the TAB done, I was playing it all the way thru (slowly...but it is a slow piece anyway).
So...I envy those who are trained to "whoosh" thru the dots...life would be simpler if I could do that, perhaps one day.
However! I do carry the TAB banner high. My purpose there is to bring this wonderful music out to the undotted masses of banjo-players lurking in the landscape. If my bluegrass-stained fingers can play it, they can too.
Today, TAB is indeed a "bluegrassy" thing (and a "clawhammery" thing), for the most part. Back in the day (19th cent), it was recognized as a "simple method" that allowed a subset of players (who could not make sense of the dots) to play the banjo. Dobson published his "simple method" in 1877 and even Stewart published some later on (though he railed against it for years). My Brooks & Denton #1 book (ca 1893) has all the music printed in both dots and TAB (still called "simple method").
this is nice , i can read tab much quicker than notation and just discovered Aquiila strings , oh boy