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How To Read & Write Tab
Comprehensive information about guitar tablature, including what TAB
will and won't tell you, understanding Tab notation and how to
write Tab. Very well known article written by Howard
If you are a beginner and are not
familiar with reading guitar tablature, the
Tablature Explained Web
Page explains the various symbols you will come across and
suggestions on writing guitar tab as well.
What Is Tablature?
A good introduction and explanation of
how to read guitar tablature from our friends at Guitar
Alliance, one of the very best learning sites on the web.
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Guitar Tablature Sites
Guitar tabs from the sites listed
below are not intended to be accurate or official tabs for the
artist, but are merely by-ear transcriptions. Quality guitar tab
sites such as these aim to provide a valuable resource for
musicians who want to further their instrument skills - they do
not seek to violate copyrights, and encourage their visitors to
purchase the artist's album and official sheet music.
Browse the guitar tab sites below - you are sure to find the tab
you want! Generally, tablature on these sites can be used for
study, skill development, and scholarship.
Large archive of guitar tabs, also offering bass tabs and drum
tabs. From the most obscure bands to the most popular.
New tabs added almost every day.
911 Tabs is a
fast, easy & accurate search engine, targeting guitar tabs-related
information only. It operates in a similar manner to the
major search engines, crawling several hundred music websites
and archives. Employing the best of search technology to produce
highly relevant & organised results, 911 Tabs has over 350,000
This guitar/bass site indexes 220455 songs from 12020 artists from all genres of music,
including rock, pop, jazz, country and blues. For
the guitarist there is the added bonus of guitar tablature and chords
being provided as well as the lyrics to most songs. Most
of the songs have graphical chord grids, and can automatically
be transposed to a different key.
Comprehensive tabs archive with over
250000 tabs. One of the fastest growing guitar communities on
the net -- also features gear and cd reviews, music news, guest
columns, guitar and bass lessons and guitar tabs in one place.
Large collection of easy-to-find acoustic
guitar tabs and chords
Classical Guitar Tablature
950 classical guitar tabs in plain text format. These tabs
are primarily for classical music
played on a standard nylon acoustic classical guitar
Guitar Tab News
"First it was services that
provided music, then it was sites that offered lyrics. Now the
music industry has trained its legal guns upon guitar tablature,
and several of them have already been shuttered.
Last December, the Music
Publishers' Association (MPA) chose to take action against web
sites that posted either sheet music or tablature (a simplified
form of notation used by guitarists) in order to "protect the
interests of the creators and publishers of music so that, [sic]
the profession of songwriting remains viable and that new and
exciting music will be continued to be created [sic] and enjoyed
for generations to come."
The campaign has already had
Universe" went dark back in July after receiving a letter
from attorneys hired by the MPA and the National Music
Publishers' Association. Now one of the largest tab
respositories in the world has taken down its archive. The
Archive (better known as OLGA) also received a letter back
in June, and has recently gone dark.
While the MPA may be well within
its legal rights here (and it seems as though they are), it's
less clear that the campaign in general is a good idea. As
someone who learned to play the guitar before ever learning to
send an e-mail, I might point out that the tablature situation
for guitarists was never ideal. While billions upon billions of
accurate transcriptions of my favorite bands no doubt existed on
shelves somewhere, the most important shelves for my purposes
were the ones at the local music center. These were
well-stocked, but still never had more than a couple dozen
books, meaning that if you wanted music for some band that you
loved but which had not yet cracked the top 50, you were out of
While I can understand the
frustrations of sheet music publishers, the people who want to
play these songs are fans. They want to learn a band's songs.
That's the sort of popularity most groups would kill for, and
it's not clear that alienating this group of fans is ultimately
good for musicians. Music publishers might do a bit better, but
the musicians who license their rights need to be aware of what
these groups are doing on their behalf."
By Nate Anderson
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