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November 26th, 2005 at 04:31am
Yeah, we don't need all those topics about tabs and such.

How to read Guitar tabs.

DRUMS BIATCHES. (Cheers to Ahhhh! for this. =D)

Cym=cymbal(not specific)
C= crash (followed by # equals another crash,
if the drummer has 2 crashes, #2 would be the lower/deeper sound)
R= Ride (same number deely)
CC or Ch= China cymbal
Sp= splash
HH= Hi-hat
HHF, or HF, or F= hihat foot pedal (may be seen in hihat line, or may be seperate line)
CB= Cowbell
BR= bell ride (not the bell of a ride, an actual cymbal that is all bell)

S=snare
T=tom(same #dealy as cymbals)
FT= Floor tom, seperat from the other toms)
B= Bass (#s dont HAVE to mean pitch, as double bass is normally just for speed,
but if their is two tones #2 will be deepest)

ON THE LINES-
cymbals-
x= hit
b= bell of whichever cymbal
capital "X"= accented hit (harder)
f=hihat foot pedal (may be seen in hihat line, or may be seperate line)

drums-
o=hit
capital "O"= accented
r= rimshot
b= buzz-roll
Oo= flam (two hits at almost the same time, first hit is harder than last)


BASIC BEATS- ignore the dots before some of the letters, they are just to keep it aligned.

8th notes on cymbals and hihats
.'C|X_______
HH|_xxxxxxx
..S|__o___o_
..B|o___o___

.'C|X_______
HH|_xxxxxxx
..S|__o___o_
..B|oo__o___

quarter notes on cymbals and hihats
.'C|X_______
HH|__x_x_x
..S|__o___o_
..B|o___o___

.'C|X_______
HH|__x_x_x_
..S|__o___o_
..B|oo__o___

^ very common rock/pop beats usually repeated without the crash a few times

*ONE TONE BASS
......'|n1n2n3n4
Cym|_x_x_x_x
....'S|___o___o
'....B|o_o_o_o_
...B2|_o_o_o_o

*ONE TONE BASS
......'|n1n2n3n4
Cym|xxxxxxxx
....'S|___o___o
'....B|o_o_o_o_
...B2|_o_o_o_o

^very common Metal beat: starts on and (n) because it's easiest to start on your right foot, and play your cymbals with your left. Every second cymbal hit has a snare hit.

Common rolls: you should always try to keep the beat going with your feet...

Single stroke roll
.....FT|____________oooo
T-two|________oooo____
T-one|____oooo________
/////S|oooo____________
//....B|o___o___o___o___
///.HF|__o___o___o___o_

Buzz Roll
/////S|bbbbbbbb
//....B|o___o___
///.HF|__o___o_

Triplets
S|roo_roo_roo
Or
S|Ooo_Ooo_Ooo
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December 4th, 2005 at 12:35am
OMG:Gustavatron.:
Yeah, we don't need all those topics about tabs and such.

There is a Q&A topic, but it's not used for all these questions obviously... well, if you don't understand tabs there is a lesson: http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/lessons/for_beginners/reading_guitar_tablature_ii.html ..That will help you.

Yeah.
cooooooool info@Gustavtron
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December 10th, 2005 at 10:31pm
i taught myself to read tabs without help from anything or anybody. Cool *feels smart*
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December 10th, 2005 at 10:32pm
Cool.
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December 18th, 2005 at 06:14am
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i taught myself to read tabs without help from anything or anybody. Cool *feels smart*
So did I. But we have like 9845743574 threads on the issue. x_x
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December 25th, 2005 at 03:45pm
i have just really startedlessons and play by chords but that helped in like 5 mins, thanx!
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January 20th, 2006 at 02:12pm
I struggled with that. O_O It was sooo hard.

I've realised later that it isn't hard at all.. xDD
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January 21st, 2006 at 05:44am
my friend from school taught me how to read tabs whrn she was teaching me a song on the keyboard, i was like OMG WTF :S :S :S hehe, anyone know where you can get free tabs off the internet?!?!
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January 21st, 2006 at 11:22am
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my friend from school taught me how to read tabs whrn she was teaching me a song on the keyboard, i was like OMG WTF :S :S :S hehe, anyone know where you can get free tabs off the internet?!?!
Free tabs?

Just look above the lesson, dear. U-G is a tab site. Wink
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January 21st, 2006 at 03:39pm
Oooh, much love. <33


I'm getting a guitar, it should get here by next Friday.
Yay.


What's the "professional" way of reading they're talking about, anyway?
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January 21st, 2006 at 06:50pm
Kiru:
Oooh, much love. <33


I'm getting a guitar, it should get here by next Friday.
Yay.


What's the "professional" way of reading they're talking about, anyway?


All the fun stuff - measures, 4/4's, treble cleffs, diminuendos and crescendos...


I was thinking, maybe someone could post something about reading bass tabs. I thought it might be helpfull. Confused
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January 21st, 2006 at 06:57pm
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Kiru:
Oooh, much love. <33


I'm getting a guitar, it should get here by next Friday.
Yay.


What's the "professional" way of reading they're talking about, anyway?


All the fun stuff - measures, 4/4's, treble cleffs, diminuendos and crescendos...


I was thinking, maybe someone could post something about reading bass tabs. I thought it might be helpfull. Confused


it's the same as guitar, just ignore the top two strings
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January 21st, 2006 at 07:08pm
God, I kinda wish they would just stick to the "professional" way. D:
That's how I'm used to reading music.
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January 21st, 2006 at 07:11pm
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it's the same as guitar, just ignore the top two strings


Haha, yeah, I know. But the tabs seem to look different. Confused And in the self-teaching pages for tabs they always say "this is for guitar, for bass you'll have to go elsewhere". Confused I might be wrong, I don't know. I've been told yesterday that I should try playing bass, so I thought what the hell. Back to zero.
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January 21st, 2006 at 07:12pm
Kiru:
God, I kinda wish they would just stick to the "professional" way. D:
That's how I'm used to reading music.


Yeah, well then you should go for "sheet music", not tabs Wink
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January 21st, 2006 at 08:16pm
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GreenDay420:


it's the same as guitar, just ignore the top two strings


Haha, yeah, I know. But the tabs seem to look different. Confused And in the self-teaching pages for tabs they always say "this is for guitar, for bass you'll have to go elsewhere". Confused I might be wrong, I don't know. I've been told yesterday that I should try playing bass, so I thought what the hell. Back to zero.


oh they only say that cuz bass has a different part in the song than guitar. reading the tabs is the same thing but the numbers and where they are will be diffeernt for songs. like this:

-------
-------
-------
-5-5--
-5-5--
-3-3-- for guitar


-------
-------
-------
-3-3-- for bass


the numbers still mean which fret and where the numbers are still mean which string they are on, but just different by how they look. the guitar plays the G chord above but the bass plays G root note.
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January 21st, 2006 at 09:22pm
Huh...I guess, I'll figure this out eventually. Thanks Wink
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January 21st, 2006 at 09:33pm
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A|-------------------------------------------------------|
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January 22nd, 2006 at 05:17am
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Confused
Are you talking about the 7's or the P & H's?
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January 22nd, 2006 at 07:02pm
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Confused
Are you talking about the 7's or the P & H's?


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