Thursday, October 08, 2009

New! FREE One String Guitar Tabs
on Twitter:

Daily Guitar Tabs And Other Updates.
One String at a Time:

In a quest worthy of Don Quixote, I'm interested in presenting Diddley Bow tablature on Twitter. Why? Why not?

It seems that the secret is saving characters. So, music, on twitter, starts to look like a code you would get out of a cereal box or the back of a comic book. FUN!

Here is the secret decoder ring, so far.

Diddley Tab Rules:

Time Signatures:
Each character in Twitter will indicate one musical subdivision.
So you have to indicate the smallest subdivision you wish to employ in a melody:
For example. 4/4, could be written either below:

If I indicate 16/16, that means sixteen sixteenth notes per measure.
If I indicate 8/8, eight eighth notes. Etc.

Durational Characters:
Each durational character indicates time, one subdivision at a time. The subdivision level and number of subdivisions is given in the time signature.

Notes are indicated by Fret numbers. First, numbers 0-9, and letters for frets 10 and up.
Fret 10=J, Fret 11=K, Fret 12=L. Etc.

Other durational characters are the period and the dash.
A period (.) signifies a rest of one musical subdivision.
A dash (-) indicates a held note of one musical subdivision.


The percent symbol (%) indicates playing the last whole measure again.

Non durational characters:
These characters do NOT indicate any passage of time.
A bar line looks like this: |
A repeat sign looks like this: ||: :||
To save characters, a repeat sign may look like this: |: :|

A single quotation (') indicates a slur. either a hammer on or a pull-off, determined by the direction of the melody.
A slash (/) indicates a slide up.
A backslash (\) indicates a slide down.

That's not all folks!

I'm wrestling with Sibelius right now, but I will be back with some more musical examples to help this make sense of this.

    Advancing Guitar Lessons:
    Washington, D.C.
    Professional Musical Fun
    for Beginners and Beyond

    Follow me on Twitter: @diddleybow


    Post a Comment

    Hello Internet Guitar Pickerdom,

    Thanks for reading.

    I love seeing strangers say hello at a party, don't you?

    So please leave a comment. Say hi.

    Even better, ask a musical question about the lesson above.

    I might even answer you. Who knows?

    Please don't spam me.



    Popular Posts

    Jam Classes

    .38 Special #mm 12 Bar blues 930 club accra acoustic guitar adele advancing guitar lesson aeolian Aerosmith agbekor alexandria VA American Idol Andy Summers arlen roth Arlington arlington guitar lessons arlington VA augmented sixth chords baritone slide guitar barre chords Baseball bass bass wanted beginner beginner chords beginner guitar lessons Blink 182 blink-182 blues blues guitar Bo Diddley bob seger breast cancer breast cancer benefit brian eno CCR changing chords cheap trick chord transitions chris martin classic rock coldplay comping count basie country guitar creativity creedence clearwater Revival CSI D.C. david bowie dcguitar dcguitarlessons death metal derek trucks Diddley Beat diddley bow dire straits dorian drumming earl slick easy guitar ECM eddie van halen electric guitar elvis costello every ewe falls church VA fear of music fever finger style guitar fingerstyle guitar first chords folk guitar Foo Fighters forming chords franz ferdinand freddie green free beginner guitar lessons free concert free downloads free guitar lessons free guitar tab free guitar tablature free music free music lessons fun fundraiser funk funk guitar gear review ghana gimme shelter girl talk gospel music guitar guitar accessory guitar anti-lesson guitar effects guitar hero Guitar Lesson guitar lessons guitar lessons washington D.C. guitar review guitar slide guitar tab guitar voice leading guns n' roses Hallelujah Hank Williams harmonic experience harmony hendrix chord hey jude holiday raffle Home how to practice humor hybrid picking Improvisation ipod management ipod playlists it might get loud jackass guitar lessons knoxville dcguitar jam class chuck berry johnny b. goode jam band jam class jambalaya Jazz jazz comping jazz guitar jazz guitar lesson jazz theory Jeff Buckley jim hall Jimi Hendrix jimmy page Joe Perry john mayer johnny cash johnny marr joke Jonny Buckland julia cameron k Keith Richards Kids music kinewe Law and Order led zeppelin left hand muting lesson video lessons live music blog live music review Lost lou reed lyrics Margot MacDonald mark knopfler masters of the telecaster merriweather post pavillion Michael Jackson Mick Goodrick mick jagger modes muscle memory Music music lessons music review music theory music theory lesson music videos new gear new music octave displacement online guitar lessons open position palm muting paul mccartney paul simon tribute show strathmore peggy lee performance anxiety pete townshend Phillip Phillips phrygian physics police tour Polyrhythms power chords presale code proud mary Purple Haze radiohead rave ray brown reading music red house reggae relaxation rest strokes rhythm changes rhythm guitar rhythmic displacement right hand muting ringo starr rlington VA robbie fulks robert johnson rock guitar rock guitar lessons rockband rockville MD rolling stones roxanne scales Scarborough Fair slide slide guitar slide guitar washington dc guitar lessons "washington dc guitar lessons" arlington va smart playlists solfege songwriting stay positive stephen davis Stevie Ray Vaughan Stewart Copeland Sting stride guitar strum strumming surf guitar surfaris take me out to the ball game taking back sunday talking heads tear teardrop the artist's way the beatles The Black Keys the edge The Grand Candy the hold steady the national The Police the rolling stones the smiths the white stripes the who thebravery tina turner Tour triads twelve bar blues twitter twitter guitar lessons u2 van halen Venus Virgin Fest voice leading W.A. Mathieu walk the line washington washington D.C. washington D.C. guitar lessons washington guitar lessons waterfall Weaving weaving rhythms weezer when the saints come marching in mississippi john hurt who windham hill wipeout writing youtube zen guitar lessons arlington va dcguitar jamclass zz top

    Jam Class and Lesson Rates

    DC Guitar's Jam Class offers top notch group and private guitar, bass, songwriting and music theory lessons for the Washington, DC Community.

    Please email for current lesson rates.

    Be sure to ask about Jam Class, too.