Free Ukulele Tabs (tenor)

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  FREE TAB  -  “ Yesterday “  by the Beatles ( key of Bb )

Enjoy this free tab of  my arrangement of “Yesterday” in plectrum tuning for tenor ukelele.  CLICK HERE  for pdf of the tab.  See video of arrangement below.

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                                                                      YESTERDAY (tenor uke)

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ALSO, check out some of the videos below to hear me play the tenor ukulelele in 

the plectrum tuning.

Moon River -

The Nearness Of You -

Plectrum Tuning

I use a plectrum tuning scheme on the tenor ukulele. It works wonderfully and allows the ukelele to resonate at a deeper/warmer frequency. For more info on this tuning, please download the free pdf below (below)Also watch the accompanying video to learn the chords in this tuning and to get a better understanding of it (also below). Included in the pdf and video is a simple song (Ain’t She Sweet) in this tuning . Enjoy.

Plectrum Tuning for Tenor Ukulele pdf                     

Ain’t She Sweet Tab in Plectrum Tuning pdf

                           Plectrum Tuning For Tenor Uke Video

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What is the  history of the plectrum banjo and it’s tuning?

The early 1900s saw the emergence of the modern 4-string banjos-- the plectrum and the tenor. Unlike the 5-string banjo, these new instruments were designed to be played plectrum-style with a flat-pick rather than plucked with the fingers.

The plectrum banjo was born at the turn of the last century as the change in popular musical tastes forced banjo players to come up with new innovations and techniques for playing their favorite instrument. Many 5-string banjo players who performed with pop dance bands switched over to the plectrum-style in order to get more volume out of their instruments and better facilitate single-line melody work and chordal "comping." As the short thumb string was pretty much useless and a hindrance when it came to playing with a flat-pick, plectrum-style players simply removed the offending 5th string from their standard banjos. To capitalize on the new trend, banjo manufacturers developed a version of the standard banjo without the 5th string and marketed it as the plectrum banjo. The new banjo was tuned CGBD-- the same as the four long melody strings of the 5-string banjo in standard "C" tuning-- and its neck featured the same scale length as found on the regular 5-string banjo. This enabled 5-string banjo players to transition over to the plectrum without having to learn a whole new fingering system.

Conversely, the tenor banjo was an entirely different animal altogether. Like the plectrum banjo, the tenor banjo is a 4-string banjo specifically designed to played with a flat-pick. Where it parts company with its plectrum sibling is in its tuning: the tenor is tuned in fifths, like mandolin family and violin family instruments. The actual tuning is CGDA-- the same as the viola and cello in the violin family or the mandola and mando-cello in the mandolin family. To accommodate this tuning, the neck of the tenor is shorter than that of the plectrum. Whereas the plectrum neck has 22 frets, the tenor has 17 frets (the original short scale preferred by Irish-style players) or 19 frets (typically found on the later resonator models, introduced in the 1920s, favored by jazz, swing, and pop players). ( borrowed from an article by Shlomo Pestcoe                             Sandy Weltman 2012