My goal is to see if I can make any observations by analyzing a tune's shape, so I've come up with a table that should help me do that (see image below). The table contains a row for each of the possible melody notes, from the 7th fret B to the open G. And it contains 32 columns - one for each of the quarter note melody notes. I've also created a separate row to document the tune's suggested chords/chord progression. I hope that by charting several tunes in this manner it will begin to tell me certain things, such as recurring shapes, patterns, progressions, likelihood of certain notes, and more.
I'll start by compiling a short list of the most popular fiddle tunes (old-time and Irish) and chart out standard arrangements of those tunes. I'll also include a few tunes that are common to the jams in my area. Perhaps I'll happen upon some clues to help me make educated guesses with regard to where a tune might be headed, which could come in handy when trying to pick up tunes by ear.
Here's the table. I'll follow up once I have some results/observations.
|Tune Shape Table - mandolin/fiddle/tenor banjo|