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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-06-2012, 04:09 PM Thread Starter
 
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How to find accurate tabs?

I guess I would consider myself an intermediate player these days. I can put three chords together and that modest ability gets me through many folk, rock, and country tunes. I often look up tabs online and I get frustrated sometimes by the low quality of the tabs themselves . . . or of my own musical ear.

Of course there are many versions out there in different keys or arrangements and sometimes I can definitely hear that one is "more correct" than another. Sometimes I can even hear that I need to use a capo (or remove it) so that the song will sound good with my voice. But sometimes I play different versions and neither one sounds right and then I wonder if the problem lies with me or with the person who tabbed it.

So one of my questions is, is there a better way than just finding a tab on the 'net from some random musician? Is there a way I can get the actual music from whoever wrote it or owns it? I'd pay for it, to avoid the hassle of trial by error. I suppose it's their choice to publish it or not. Maybe there's not a publicly released version. But is there some software or a fancy tuner that could analyze a tune and tell me what chord was playing? Or some publishing source that I don't know about? Or . . . ?

Any advice or suggestions would be welcome.

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-07-2012, 01:11 AM
 
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Re: How to find accurate tabs?

I don't know about fancy software or anything like that, but personally I have to use a combo of at least two tab versions, my ears, and youtube vids to uncover the truth. One is hardly ever 100% but I find more accuracy on youtube. I think some people can actually play something properly without the ability to write proper tabs, I've been doing it since I was a kid and I still screw them up now and then. It can be like arithmetic, sometimes.

Also, if you have an iphone, check out the JamUp app. It's a great practice tool, you can load a song in and slow the tempo to 1/4 original speed, then isolate and loop specific parts to play along to. It helps me a lot. I think there are pc programs that do the same thing, one of them has an add on here before I log in, if I'm not mistaken.

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Re: How to find accurate tabs?

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I have to use a combo of at least two tab versions, my ears, and youtube vids to uncover the truth. One is hardly ever 100% but I find more accuracy on youtube.
I have a published tab book of 'Surfing with the alien' and the tab in that is incorrect compared with how JS shows you how to play the head to 'Satch Boogie' and if you watch vids of him from back in the day.

So yes, multiple sources, use your ears, musicality, common sense and don't worry if its not 100% - music's supposed to be fun, isn't it?
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-24-2012, 04:56 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: How to find accurate tabs?

Thanks, I appreciate the responses. Now back to playing . . .

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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-24-2012, 05:21 PM
 
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Re: How to find accurate tabs?

between tab and youtube you should be about to figure it out,, or if you can find a program to slow down music but keep it at pitch.. I sent a solo to a friend who has this software and he slowed it down for me and I tabbed it note for note.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-26-2012, 07:53 AM
 
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Re: How to find accurate tabs?

If I were you, I'd definitely look into a program called " Guitar Pro ". It's a tablature editor software for guitar.
You can find tons of good tabs for free, and if something doesn't sound right you can always mess around with tab it self.

Try it out.
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