My name is ReVonda and it looks like, from the way everyone is blogging, that the TAB for Ashokan Farewell is here in Tom McDonald's blogg. I can not get the TAB to show on my screen. Is there another way to get it???
ReVonda Crow :)
I am so glad that you posted this! I am working on Ashokan Farewell this month. I can finally do all the chords and about have it memorized, but I just can't get that "haunting feeling" that your playing has and which is so needed in this song. I'll use your video as an inspiration and learn from it.
Thanks, everybody! Links for tab follow, along with some playing suggestions.
I bought the original piano music and tabbed it for the harmonica. You can't play the song on an ordinary harmonica, as you don't have enough range. The particular instrument is special-tuned, and has a two octave range without any bending of notes. Even that isn't quite enough, so some of the highest and lowest notes are faked up or down a bit. If I play this on harmonica along with a guitar, I also find one place where my version clashes with the correct chord. I've learned to just quit playing for a measure at that spot.
As to the dulcimer version, here is the tab that I started with, although it isn't exactly how I play the piece now. I just added the chords that seemed right to me, and never thought (until just now) of going back to my sheet music and checking the chords there. I also just searched for chords online and found this guitar tab version. I played this through, and it sounds good. I'll have to try it against a recording to be sure, but I think it would work well as accompaniment, or to flesh out the tab with chords.
My friend and fellow FOTMD'er Gary Adams plays a nice noter-drone version of this, too. He might reach into the middle string for a couple of notes; I can't remember.
Here are some of the chords I'm using. Remember, these may not match the chords in the "official" versions, since I just did it off the cuff. I'll use words from the lyrics to keep our place, and show tab in bass - middle - melody order.
First measure: you can slide up from the 4, or put your index on the 4, hammer on the 6.5 and then slide to the 7. The chord there is 057
is sinking - slide back to the 4, use the melody string only.
low - Bm, 012
sky - G 013
slide down to the melody 1, pull off on the zero on the A
sho - G 310, strum the middle and bass strings away from you.
kan - same chord, strum all 3 strings towards you.
individual melody string notes from here to the 9. Open, hammer on the 2, slide up.
know - 789. Let the 78 ring while you slide up to the 10 and back.
part - 6.5 7 8
Out of time for now, but that may get someone started. I'll come back to this when I can.
Tom McDonald said:
Here is a harmonica version you may like, too. I sometimes play this is in an ad-hoc trio at my dulcimer club meetings, along with friends on dulcimer and a guitar.