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FDP Forum / The Chop Shop / VERY BASIC GUITAR TABLATURE QUESTION

tutu10

Ohio, USA

Mikiko Anhoco
Mar 3rd, 2019 08:57 PM   Edit   Profile  

Hi.
I'm working through the bass guitar funk path and I reached the song 'Got To Be Enough' and I'm having problems understanding the tablature for it. I'm very familiar with standard notation (and I 'thought' tablature as well).
The problem is that I don't understand where the measures start (i.e. beat 1) or if the notes are on the beat or off the beat or even when the notes are played. The different widths of the measures on the web page means I can't compare measures to work out the notes.
The nearest I've got is to use a ruler to measure the width of the bar/measure from a print out and divide by 5 to get the 4 beats per measure.

The instructors for the other songs I've worked through, until now, have all counted out the beats so that I knew what to play and when to play it.
Any help will be appreciated. Thanks.
Mikiko

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Just beyond Mars

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Mar 3rd, 2019 09:45 PM   Edit   Profile  

This is really a Chop Shop topic. Mods, please move this there.

Mikiko,
This is the big problem with TAB: there's no facility for timing notation.

Best advice I can give you: since you understand music notation, use the TAB as the source info and transcribe those notes (based on string and fret position) to notation.

Next, compare your notation with the recording and you'll be able to draw in your measure lines based on what you're hearing.

Additionally, remember that most TABs you find on the Web are often pretty close--but rarely are they perfect.

gdw3

LA-la-land, CA

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Mar 5th, 2019 03:12 PM   Edit   Profile  

TAB is best read while listening to the tune itself. Since there is no room for any sort of style or timing notation, it's barely more than learning purely by ear.

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Mar 6th, 2019 01:16 PM   Edit   Profile  

It's not often we have someone who can read standard music notation ask a question about how to read tabs...it's not April 1st yet!

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Just beyond Mars

there's a world of fools
Mar 6th, 2019 01:19 PM   Edit   Profile  

Now THAT is funny, Mike!

Achase4u
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U.S. - Virginia

Mar 6th, 2019 09:25 PM   Edit   Profile  

heheh. You know I was thinking the same thing.

firebird6024

Tucson

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Mar 8th, 2019 12:43 PM   Edit   Profile  

I use Guitar Pro for viewing and creating tabs...it has both and standard notation. As usual with tab lot's of errors but it is usually a good starting point for working on new songs

Link to GP 7.5

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U.S. - Virginia

Mar 8th, 2019 03:04 PM   Edit   Profile  

I really do like Guitar Pro for writing quick stuff where I don't need Sibelius. Some things are easier in GP.

That reminds me, I need to get some of those scores finished.

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Too Much GAS
Mar 14th, 2019 01:33 AM   Edit   Profile  

TAB, when done correctly, does have timing information. Internet TAB, on the other hand,.....don't get me started.

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