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Found an error in a tab

PostPosted: Sat Nov 11, 2017 11:03 am
by BobbaSkywalker
So I think I found an error in the DAD tab for the song "His eye is on the sparrow." What, if anything, can I do? Or is this enough?

It's on the second page, top line. The relevant phrase is "eye is on the sparrow," and the notes associated with the last syllable of the word "sparrow" (two tied notes, actually) are G4 (G above middle C). I think that it should be D4 (D above middle C), or an octave drop from the first syllable of the word "sparrow."

Here's the file: ... parrow.pdf

You get to it by clicking on the DAA version of the song from this page:

I don't know if this would have an effect on playing the song. I haven't yet tried playing this arrangement it on the mountain dulcimer. I found this tab while seeking out a file to confirm the notes I was working out on my hammered dulcimer.

The DAD version of the song, which looks right, is this: ... arrow2.pdf

Here's another example of sheet music that shows the octave drop, in the measure that's the first to the end: ... parrow.pdf. It's set in D-flat major, but the intervals should apply.

Re: Found an error in a tab

PostPosted: Sun Nov 12, 2017 12:20 am
by dholeton
I'm not sure if the tablature has an error or if it is written with a G as a preference. The interval you're mentioning is favoring a G chord (G,B, D notes). The last Sparrow also favors a G chord but the melody does go from D to a low D.

The D flat version at TheMormonHome also favors a G flat chord in the same relative measure for the word sparrow. It's written in four part harmony, so the syllable "row" would be sung as a D flat for the sopranos and altos while the tenors would sing a G flat and the baritones would sing a B flat on the first part of the syllable.

The tab file belongs to August Elletson and it appears August hasn't visited the site for many years (before 2009?).


Re: Found an error in a tab

PostPosted: Sun Nov 12, 2017 11:25 am
by ronzuckerman

The content on this site is user submitted. Only the owner of the content is allowed to change it. Many people who have submitted content to this site no longer visit it.

Keep in mind that a lot of what you are going to find on this site is folk music and hymns. There is a lot of personal variation in each of these. Some of it may be intentional (they learned it that way, they just like playing it that way, etc.). Some of it may be actual errors (they entered the wrong note or chord in their tab program, they were mistaken about a note or chord, etc.). It's really difficult to tell.


Re: Found an error in a tab

PostPosted: Mon Nov 13, 2017 12:27 pm
by BobbaSkywalker
Tab program. Hmm. Where does one get such a program? What are some favorites? I could write down songs by hand, but I'd prefer the neatness of a keyboard-generated piece of sheet music.

Re: Found an error in a tab

PostPosted: Mon Nov 13, 2017 1:00 pm
by KenH
TablEdit is one of the most common Tab generating programs. There is a limited free 'trial' version, but the full purchase version is apparently well worth the proce.