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Take 5 banjo tabs

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    Banjo Take 5 tab


    Paul Desmond

    • Difficulty
    • Key
    • Tempo
      80 bpm
    • Tuning

    Turn on the swing and Take 5! This tune has a great melody and is in 5/4, hence the title. You can access the swing feel in the playback tab. After the head(main melody) is played, the musicians usually jam on the A section. Nail down the melody, then check out some of those licks. Several of the Jazz licks are ones that Paul Desmond played. The original song is in Ebm. We can get there by putting the capo on at the first fret, and spiking the 5th string at the eighth fret. It opens up a lot of great melodic licks. The B part of this tune is easiest played in the single string style. It's not usually used for improv, so learn the melody true and try to get a nice tone. Don't pick too hard. Experiment with pick hand placement and pick angles to get a sound that you like.


More about Take 5

A beautiful melody in an odd meter.

Use the Tunefox Lick Switcher to explore improvisation and creativity inside the Take 5 tablatures. The Lick Switcher will allow you to create your own arrangement using pre-built licks that are handmade by professional musicians. To use the Lick Switcher, click on the text above specific measures that says "Original Measure" and select between a variety of new licks for that measure. You'll find that there are different style licks such as Scruggs, Melodic, Jazz, and more. At the bottom of your page you'll also find a button that says "Shuffle Licks." Click this button and watch the licks randomly shuffle throughout the song.

There are a number of fantastic learning tools in Tunefox to help you memorize, learn by ear, and improve your speed. These special features are found in the "Tools" menu at the bottom right of your screen. The "Hide Notes" tool will hide a number of the notes in the tab so you can use your ears to learn parts of the melody of the Take 5. Next, try out the "Memory Train" tool, which will hide more and more notes each time the song or measure loops. This will help get you off of the tab you’ve been working with so you can play it by memory. The "Speed Up" feature gradually speeds up the song so you can hone your technique and challenge yourself to go faster.

Use the Tunefox backing tracks to practice the solo you’re working on or improvising over the chord changes for Take 5. The backing tracks are recorded samples of real instruments to help simulate practicing with an actual band. You can adjust the volume of the instrument, band, and metronome to your liking.

Once you’ve settled on an arrangement of Take 5 using the Lick Switcher, export your arrangement to a PDF file so you can print it out and take it with you. This is a member-only feature.