Back to my main page for guitar tablature for Virgil Thomson's The Plow That Broke The Plains, including links to the 3 movements which include guitar or banjo.

Let me know if you ever make use of this. Thanks. Donald Sauter.


Short ID:  PLOW4.
Title:     The Plow That Broke The Plains; Mvmt 4. Blues (Speculation)
Composer:  Virgil Thomson.
Source:    Orchestral score.

Tuning:    EADGBE. Banjo part played on guitar.
Time sig:  4/4.  4er = 96.

The banjo part for movement 4, "Blues (Speculation)" is transcribed here for 
guitar.  The transcription is note-for-note, in the correct register.  

The fingering specified by the tablature may be altered according to your 
own tastes, of course.  To move a note to a lower string, just add 5 frets 
(4 frets from the 2nd to 3rd string.)  To move a note to a higher string, 
just subtract 5 frets (4 frets from the 3rd to 2nd string.)  

Explanation of symbols: 
  [22] = rehearsal number 22, for example.
  z = rest. Fill in to make a solid block.

In case it's not clear, measure 1 is a full 4 beats; the orchestra starts 
right on beat 1.

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         The Plow That Broke The Plains; Mvmt 4. Blues (Speculation)       PLOW4: Page 1 of 1.
  EADGBE. Banjo part played on guitar.  Leading measures: 1 14 26 41.          Virgil Thomson.

 4/4                                       [22]                         f  cresc.     ff [23]
      1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8   p  poco a poco cresc.        3      3
                                                                        _____ ______            
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________________________________________________________________________________________________
________|____|____|____|____|____|____|____|___0_3_3|_5_5___1|_1_1____|_______0____9_12_.|____|_
________|____|____|____|____|____|____|____|_1_1_1_1|_____3__|_____3_3|_____2___10_______|____|_
______z_|__z_|__z_|__z_|__z_|__z_|__z_|__z_|________|_5_5_2_2|_1_1____|___2___________9_.|__z_|_
________|____|____|____|____|____|____|____|_2_2_2_2|_3_3____|_____3_3|_2________________|____|_
________|____|____|____|____|____|____|____|________|_____3_3|_4_4_0_0|__________________|____|_
________|____|____|____|____|____|____|____|________|________|________|__________________|____|_


              [24]                                [25]                                [26]
  2    3    4   p  poco a poco cresc.   f  dim.     p  cresc.            f  dim.        p cresc.
                                                                                                
                | | | |  | | | |  | | | |  | | | |  | | | |  | | | |  | | | |  | | | |  | | | | 
________________________________________________________________________________________________
____|____|____|________|_0_0_2_2|_2_2_1_1|________|_3_3_3_3|_3_3_3_3|_____1_1|_3_3_1_1|________|
____|____|____|_3_3_3_3|________|_____0_0|_____1_1|_0_0_0_0|_0_0____|_4_4____|_2_2____|_3_3_3_3|
__z_|__z_|__z_|________|_1_1_3_3|_3_3____|_2_2____|________|_____3_3|_0_0_2_2|_____2_2|________|
____|____|____|_4_4_4_4|________|_____0_0|_3_3_0_0|_0_0_0_0|_0_0_1_1|_____0_0|_2_2_0_0|_4_4_4_4|
____|____|____|________|_____4_4|_4_4____|________|________|________|_3_3____|________|________|
____|____|____|________|________|________|________|________|________|________|________|________|


                          [27]                        [28]                [29]
 dim.     cresc.   dim.                        p dim.    1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8
                                                                                                
 | | | |  | | | |  | | | |  | | | |            | | | |                                          
________________________________________________________________________________________________
________|_1_1_1_1|_3_3____|_5_.____|____|____|________|____|____|____|____|____|____|____|____|_
_3_3____|________|_0_0_4_4|________|____|____|_3_3_3_3|____|____|____|____|____|____|____|____|_
_____2_2|_1_1_1_1|_____2_2|_7_.____|__z_|__z_|_2_2_2_2|__z_|__z_|__z_|__z_|__z_|__z_|__z_|__z_|_
_4_4_3_3|________|_0_0_3_3|_6_.____|____|____|_3_3_3_3|____|____|____|____|____|____|____|____|_
________|________|________|________|____|____|________|____|____|____|____|____|____|____|____|_
________|________|________|________|____|____|________|____|____|____|____|____|____|____|____|_


[30]                               [31]
 p                                                              (Banjo out to end...)
                                                                                                
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________________________________________________________________________________________________
________|________|________|________|________|________|________|_________________________________
________|________|________|________|________|________|________|_________________________________
________|________|________|________|________|________|________|_________________________________
_0_0_0_0|_0_0_0_0|_0_0_0_0|_0_0_0_0|_0_0_0_0|_0_0_0_0|_0_0_0_0|_________________________________
________|________|________|________|________|________|________|_________________________________
________|________|________|________|________|________|________|_________________________________