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Your "song of the day/week" thread.....

Rogue Valley

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Apr 18, 2013
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Something a bit different. In the video below, the bassist is using what is known as a digital "tab" to play the song. The tabs are visible on a computer monitor or laptop screen. Tablature is a form of musical notation indicating instrument fingering rather than musical pitches. Playing by tabs is an alternative to playing by music notation (you should be able to do both, and some software allows both the music notations and the tablature notes to be simultaneously visible). When using tabs, a music source (say a CD player) is synchronized with the tab software. You can purchase the tabs for a song, or you can use the software to create/input your own tabs. With bass tabs, you see four lines which represent the four strings of a bass guitar. Using tabs the bottom line is the E (the fattest string) then A, D, and G at the top (the thinnest string). The perpendicular lines represent bars which tell you when to start over or change the music beat (with rock and pop it is mostly 4 or 8 count bars). The number on the string line represents whch fret on that string is to be played. The moving vertical yellow bar tells you when a note is to be played. Unlike music sheets which often have to be flipped manually, digital tabs go to the next page automatically, the movement being either left-to-right or top-to-bottom. Tab software allows you to use standard musical notations (like the different music rest symbols telling you the duration of the rest), or you can invent your own notations. When you go into a recording studio as a session musician, you will be presented with the relevant sheet music or digital tablature. You are generally allowed to go through it once (known as the first reading) and either keep or change the notations (do not add, subtract, or change the music notes without permission). Typical tab notations....
  • A forward slash ( / ) indicates a slide moving up in pitch.
  • A back slash ( \ ) indicates a slide moving down in pitch.
  • A caret (^) indicates a bend.
  • An (x) indicates a ghost note.
  • An (h) indicates a hammer-on.
  • A (p) indicates a pull-off.
  • An (s) indicates a thumb slap.
  • A (p) indicates a finger pop.
  • A (t) indicates a tap.
  • A (·) above a note/letter tells you to not allow any sustain
  • There are probably another 50 or so notations lol

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