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Gentleman From VA - Posted - 11/26/2019:  17:57:49

Or the Boatsman
Or Boatman's Dance

Two of my friends and I are all learning, RANK beginner's but are challenging ourselves with all learning the same tune every month then posting the results for each other to hear/see and critique/congratulate and move to the next one. This time we decided to do The Boatsman in A (sepcifically maybe even cross tuned) because that's how our Jams play it, but we can't find a tab to share. One or more of us are better visual learners that ear learners and the tab helps get us off the ground, however, I have found plenty of sheet music that I can read but I don't know how to make fiddle tab. Does anyone have a verison of boatsman in tab in the key of A? Better even, Cross tuned?

Any help would be great!

lonestar_shawn - Posted - 11/26/2019:  18:05:19

I think there are multiple versions of tunes with that name, but this is my favorite and a great video to learn from:

BanjoBrad - Posted - 11/27/2019:  13:04:54

Here's what a search for "tab boatman dance" came up with:

It's simple, and in A. It provides mandolin tab, which is NOT cross-tuned, but you should be able to work it out.

Gentleman From VA - Posted - 12/03/2019:  09:22:13

BanjoBrad I DIdn't even think about mandolin tabs. I'm kind of kicking myself on that one.

I ended up taking written sheet music and tabbing the "Simple Melody" for everyone to follow.


DougD - Posted - 12/03/2019:  09:50:30

BTW, the original 1843 sheet music for this song is available online here:

BanjoBrad - Posted - 12/04/2019:  13:26:49

Thanks, Doug, I keep forgetting about that site, I need to add it to my favorites bar.

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