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I don't know for sure, but I'm fairly certain "C" means a string bend and "D" means a release. Here's why I think so: Notice the tab in the rhythm part. Where the "C" occurs, you play the D-string, 4th fret---that's an F#. And sure enough, the standard notation shows an F#. But then the standard notation shows that note becoming a G, while the tab ...


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NC (or N.C.) is short for "No Chord". It means that you should only play the indicated notes or melody, and not try to infer or add a chordal accompaniment. This is as opposed to the chord symbols that you probably find everywhere else than where the N.C. notation is. See for example http://dictionary.onmusic.org/terms/2344-no_chord (Although their example ...


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Standard music notation and Tablature (Tab) can both tell a guitarist what notes to play. But each can do certain things better than the other. Tablature is a common and increasingly popular form of music notation for stringed fretted instruments. It has the advantage of a very short learning curve and does not require extensive study to learn. It is ...


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This is a tie, meaning that the initial D is held through the eighth note, the quarter note, and the first sixteenth note before the hammer-on to E. It appears that the reason it was written this way (i.e. two ties) was to give the rhythm along with the notes, as in standard notation the ties would be written in the same way. The way this tie is written is ...


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I can just barely see the "common time" symbol at the left of your image, which denotes 4/4. The 2x is followed by parentheses which encapsulate the last rhythmic figure in the bar. This figure is an alternate version of playing beat 4 (otherwise the bar would have five beats in it). This means, assuming there are repeats elsewhere in this excerpt, that the ...


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This image shows the note on the stave corresponding to each guitar string: The lowest string is E, then A, D, G, B and E. It might also be useful to refer to a map of the fretboard -- there's nothing there you couldn't work out from knowing the tuning of each string, and that each fret raises the pitch by a semitone: Now, lets take first chord in ...


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It means that you have to play the two open strings at once, followed by a hammer-on on the B-string only, while keeping the E-string playing. More in general, any numbers on tablature that are immediately under one another should be played at the same time as a chord. The zero just says they should be played at the zero'th fret - ie the nut, which means ...


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If you don't already know how to play the song, you will have to go through the process of learning by ear. If you can, try searching for the chords of a song; there are usually more chord charts for songs than there are tabs. Knowing the chords will give you a basic idea of where to start. When it comes to picking out riffs and lines by ear, try starting ...


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those x are dead notes, I guess you already know that. They can be a bit tricky to play. I have seen multiple approaches to play these, but for me the following worked the best when playing these octave-cords: place your index-finger on the 7th fret on the A-string, and your ring-finger on the 9th fret on the G-string. Be sure, that you use only the tip on ...


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x means to dampen the string with your fretting hand depending on what you are playing. You see this a lot in tabs for metal and other driven music In the case above, the sounded note is an open string and so shouldn't be too difficult to play; more complex lines may require some finger picking or hybrid picking if you are using a pick. Often you see ...


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When you hold a guitar the fretboard looks like that: The thickest string at the bottom and the thinnest at the top. Some people prefer to represent chord diagrams in this way, other people prefer to represent chords as they can see the fretboard in a mirror on the wall. It is only a personal preference.


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Chord sheets simply tell you what chord fits against each part of a song. You can play a reasonable guitar accompaniment to the song simply by fretting the chord's shape and strumming. On other instruments, you can form the chord in other ways, for example by playing a triad on a keyboard. A chord sheet does not provide enough information to know more than ...


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To answer the question directly - yes, strings are supposed to be EADGBE - in standard tuning. All tabs should have the tuning notes at the beginning. If there are none, assume it's standard. There are many different tunings that can be used for guitar, drop D, for example, where the fat E is tuned a tone lower, to D. This above is open C, as each note is ...


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Doing what you say you did sounds pretty awful, as the F#s clash with the open G. If the writer wanted you to play G open, he would have put 'o' on that string. Otherwise someone could play all 6 strings, 4 open and the other 2 as written. So play the 2 F#s, either with finger and thumb, or with a pick, muting the G (3rd) string in between as you strum. You ...


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I'll answer each of your questions in order: The notes in parentheses are ghost notes. You should play them quietly - certainly don't emphasize them. They do have rhythmic value, however (i.e. they aren't grace notes). The 7 to 9 slide is a legato slide. Pick the 7, then slide to 9, but don't pick again for the 9. The 5-7-5, 7-5-0 are indeed hammer-ons ...


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I've seen some sheet music like this before, brought to me by guitar pupils from Hong Kong. The cross-headed notes are quite easy to get your head around; they simply show you which strings to pick while using the chords above the TAB stave, and the rhythm of these arpeggiated notes. The arrows show how many strings to strum for the chords above the TAB ...


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This is actually a really nice way to notate guitar. The chord symbol on top tells you what chord to play for the bar, and the tab itself is just indicating the arpeggio pattern. So for example, in the first full bar, you finger a x32010 C major chord, then play the strings indicated as eighth notes (which are indicated by the eighth note beams). Then ...


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If you mean the "+1" at the end of the curved arrow, that means bend that string upwards one whole step (two frets). Note that you should bend only the string the arrow starts at, not the other string that is fretted. In this example, the G string should be bent but the B string should stay fretted and unbent. If you can read sheet music, the notation above ...


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Tab notation does not include any timing information -- the closest you get is bar lines, which at least helps you orientate yourself. Some books present tab alongside a traditional musical score, so you can get pitch, timing and phrasing from the stave, and choice of string/fret from the tab. The notes on the tabs are lined up with the notes on the stave. ...


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Tab, in my opinion, is great for getting the general pattern or notes of a song, but pretty poor at conveying real musical information. It would be pretty difficult to sight read a song notated in tab that you had never heard before, as tab does not provide note lengths and expression symbols in the same way that notation does. I have always used tab to ...


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Great question! The answer is that there are multiple layers to any given musician's music, and while some are easy to duplicate, others are impossible. Also, some layers can be easily duplicated by a listener, and while other layers might not be, it still could be in the artist's interest to provide that information. As an example, after just a single ...


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I didn't know this before, but after doing research on other sites I found that this type of tuning is called Open C Tuning. Here are some references on guitar tuning that I found to be useful: Electric tuner [Hear the notes] How to tune guitar to different modes. List of guitar tunings.


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It's called a fermata. It means hold the chord for good long moment. If there are other instruments playing, they will all stop and hold the note together. The whole movement of time in the song takes a pause, just stretching out the single beat.


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The 'BII' is instructing you to bar your finger across the second fret like you would with a barre chord. The 'B' stands for bar and the 'II' represents the second fret. You can even see in the sections where the 'BII' occurs the lowest notes on your fret board are on the 2nd fret. This is just a another instruction similar to that of a fingering that ...


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What you're talking about is a transcription service. However, these can be expensive, and the ones I found on a quick Google are geared towards musicians who want to put music or tabs on their own websites. Paying someone to make what's essentially sheet music of a song you don't own (I assume this is not music you own the rights to) brings up all sorts of ...


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Ugh, don't you hate when you find the answer to your question right after asking it. numeric notation numerical notation system Also known as Ziffersystem, meaning “number system.” Sources http://bennyt85erhu.wordpress.com/jianpu/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jianpu


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If we call middle C C4, then the open strings of the guitar are as follows: e - E4 B - B3 G - G3 D - D3 A - A2 E - E2 From the appropriate open string note, go up the number of semitones indicated by the fret number to find the written note. Eg. e|--- B|--- G|-5- is G3 plus 5 semitones = C4 D|--- A|--- E|--- One thing to look out for: alternate ...


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Can't be absolutely sure, but this should work: Just a "heads-up", you might get this closed because it's about a specific song, rather than the process of transcription… BTW, I didn't look at the live video, so wasn't looking at anybody's fingers! But, it seems like the chords probably work like this, so that you can keep that note ringing on between ...



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