Allow me to explain my recent absence of content contribution to this wonderful site for a minute. I know you've all missed my amateurish attempts at banjeau pickin'. :)
I decided to buckle down and kick the tablature habit. It is, indeed, a fine learning tool (I probably wouldn't have started earlier this year if Rob hadn't offered up the tab that he did, thanks Rob!), but as you gents have said before it cripples your repertoire. I'm glad to say I'm trying my darnedest to quell the stereotype of the banjoist who can't read music, how did that nasty rumor start anyway? I'd like to thank Joel for making the awesome, old banjo books available for free on his website. I printed off Converse's book, the Eclipse book, and some of the smaller ones at my local library (don't worry I followed the printing cost regulations, $0.10 a page after the first 10) and that new one, the "Banjo school" looks promising. I'll have to give it a look-see.
I've even gone so far as to delete my old youtube channel and dedicate a new one to guitar style, and more than likely stroke style too since my frailing experience lends itself incredibly well to it. (account name TCBanjeau)
If you have any helpful hints or advice, I'm all ears (eyes?)
today's my birthday! I got some 78s and two sheets of music from my Mom. The shop didn't have any banjo solos, they're mostly Roy Acuff and his acc. Smokey Mountain Boys string band, good stuff :) The sheet music is of "Pins & Needles (In my heart)" by Acuff in 1943 and one that I think is in Swedish called "Nog var jag dum som gifte mig" from 1902 which translates to (via freetranslation.com) "Enough, I was stupid as married" (Haha!) and has drawings of a minstrel and some lovely ladies on the front.