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Are Tabs Posted On The Internet Reliable?

I have always wondered whether the tabs I get from from the internet are reliable. I don't think they are as reliable as a song book, but do they usually contain the correct notes and positions?
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Re: Are Tabs Posted On The Internet Reliable?

3/25/2008 8:44 PM

Ken Richardson (9051) wrote:

sometimes not... a big tip off is if they are listed as key of C , or start with C chord... then again... you could use a capo!

but many are not good tabs... you have to sit with a recording to check

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Re: Are Tabs Posted On The Internet Reliable?

3/26/2008 2:58 AM

Alan Roberts (10065) wrote:

I can't think of a worse source of tablature, can you?
Peace,
Alan

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Re: Are Tabs Posted On The Internet Reliable?

3/26/2008 4:17 AM

Duncan Mcneil (407) wrote:

I think they are O.K if you want an idea what the song sounds like but if you want the real deal, buy a song book.
Tab on the internet are usually interpretations of the song by other guitarists, example AC/DC HELLS BELLS, I have seen the intro done on the 5th and 7th frets when in fact they are done all on the top 3 strings on the 2nd and 3 rd frets!
It sounds roughly the same but it ain't!!

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Re: Are Tabs Posted On The Internet Reliable?

3/26/2008 4:55 PM

Jeremy Henry (323) wrote:

Buying a tab book doesn't mean you'll get 100% realiable tabs either. I bought the transcribed scores (tablature) for Nirvana's Nevermind album from active musician on here. I really doubt those tabs are correct I have listened to the cd over and over again and that just does not sound like how song In Bloom is played. Another thing is, you have to be a genius to understand the book, I allready know how to play the Smells Like Teen Spirit solo, but the tab book had like an extra 20 notes, so if you think your going to get perfect tabs by buying a tab book your wrong. I would just look for tabs on the internet, play them and see if they sound good. It takes trial and error but it will get the job done. I think the best thing to do if you want to buy a tab book is find the book first then play the songs and see if they sound correct, then buy the book if they do sound correct.



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Re: Are Tabs Posted On The Internet Reliable?

3/26/2008 5:17 PM

Erik Yars (126) wrote:

I've been checking out tabs on the inter net and I found that the most reliable are power tabs because you can open them and the computer will play the notes for you just like a midi file.

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Re: Are Tabs Posted On The Internet Reliable?

3/27/2008 1:03 PM

Dale Lindsey (8281) wrote:

I don't think song books are neccesarily any more reliable than any other source. Unless the original author of a piece writes it out, it is someone else's interpretation. Even the original author may play it differently at different times. I look at tab as a starting point. If I am lazy, tab may point me in the right direction, but I will probably still make some adjustments.

Powertab and GuitarPro and anything else that lets you actually play the music may make the author more aware of mistakes, since they can play it back and listen to it (although sometimes I wonder if they ever have).

Anyway, in the end it will all come down to your own ears.

-Dale



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Re: Are Tabs Posted On The Internet Reliable?

3/27/2008 2:24 PM

Bryan Morrison (9786) wrote:

Yeah, much of the time those are 3rd-party companies tabbing by ear, then they get approval from the label or whatever to manufacture it. The tab accuracy is going to depend on if the band even gets involved or not. Which usually isn't the case. I know a guy who actually does that.

Support the bands by going to their shows, buying their shirts and cds, and spread your love of their music by playing it, teaching it, and sharing it.

/pre-emptive strike against the 'tabs are illegal' munchkins.


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Re: Are Tabs Posted On The Internet Reliable?

3/30/2008 1:43 PM

Jon Riley (9697) wrote:

They're as reliable as whoever posts them.
Books will be more reliable - simply because they have to go through a professional editing and publishing process, with (in theory) some degree of quality control.
Anyone can post net tab - no quality control whatsoever. (Other than other members of the tabbing community - if there is such a thing - posting corrections. If net tab operated like wikipedia, it might be better. Still not 100% of course.... ;-) )

Treat any tab as a guideline only. It's what someone else thinks was played (and how it was played) not what the original player says. Always check with the recording and keep your ears open. If it sounds wrong, it probably is wrong.
(But also make sure you understand the tab correctly of course, and bear in mind that it can't show every possible sound accurately. Even the best tab is going to be incomplete or crude at certain points.)

Ultimately, you have your own ears. I always transcribe songs myself, using net tab only for a second opinion. Sometimes (not often) it's better than me! But it NEVER gives me everything I want.

Transcribe yourself, and you will get a greater sense of understanding of a song.

Here's some software to help:
Transcribe!

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Re: Are Tabs Posted On The Internet Reliable?

3/31/2008 5:48 PM

Erik Yars (126) wrote:

Yeah I've been looking at tabs for Bang by Gorky Park; and whenever I find a tab and play it and then listen to the recording, it sounds nothing alike. I've been trying to transcribe the song myself but I can only get the intro and the chorus.

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Re: Are Tabs Posted On The Internet Reliable?

4/3/2008 8:59 AM

Terrell Terrell (66) wrote:

I'd go with powertab, its free, and you can easily tell if its right(just listen to the midi). And you can also write your own tabs of your own songs. (thats what I do)

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Re: Are Tabs Posted On The Internet Reliable?

4/3/2008 8:36 PM

Erik Yars (126) wrote:

Yeah thats what I've been doing, but alot of songs can be played in different area's. For example, I have an ozzy osbourne song book, and also the power tab for Mr. Crowley, annd alot of parts are different.