I have been trying to find sources for how to play More Than Words on guitar, from tabs to videos. However, they all seem different and in some ways incorrect.

Some always require the index middle and ring fingers to pick at the same time for the "treble" part, and some only require two at a time. Some sound off, such as the "Official" tab on Ultimate Guitar Tabs. https://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/tab/extreme/more_than_words_official_1982595

It always plucks the high e string at the intro and verse, as the official song on YouTube sounds like it excludes the e string every other pick.

I was thinking about getting a song book of the album on Amazon.


However, I am worried that it will not be accurate according to the reviews.

Not sure if this is too specific for the site, but I would appreciate some info. Should I just use the Ultimate Guitar tab I found (since it appears on other sites as well) and just modify where the e string is plucked? Or is the e string actually being plucked and I'm not hearing it?

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    If the accuracy of these various resources has all been called into question, why not just transcribe it yourself? Get an app to slow the recording down, and pick the notes/chords out one by one. – The Chaz 2.0 Mar 1 '19 at 19:50

Back in the days when I were a lad, there were no 'super aids' like we have today. A lot of which are flawed, as you are discovering.

We listened carefully to a track, over and over again, and got used (over a good period of time) to working out the chords, bass, drum parts and lead. i played with some who could listen to a track a couple of times, and then show the rest of the band what their part was. Now, when students arrive for their lesson, with a track, more often than not, I'll sort it out, even if basically, while the lesson runs.

Knowing scales, chords and how the notes work together on guitar makes things quite possible for someone who puts the effort in. The more you do, the easier it gets. Then you won't have to rely on someone else's concept of what to do. Teach a man to fish...

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  • Quadruple upvote... – Bob Broadley Mar 1 '19 at 23:50
  • @BobBroadley - accepted thank you! I guess it's only what the transcribers who put their stuff out on the 'net try to do. Problem is, a large percentage of them fall short, consequentially, all those who blindly follow are being done a disservice. – Tim Mar 2 '19 at 13:04
  • Very good advice, which I have tried a little before but am trying harder now... I guess it's just kind of hard to pick out the notes one by one when there are up to four playing at a time, with some bass and some treble. I'm going to give the Hal Leonard book a look and see if they transcribed the song accurately enough, just to see what I am missing. I know when to hear what's wrong, but I just have trouble with searching for what's right. Thank you very much for your response, even on a relatively off-topic question. – TheRyGuy Mar 4 '19 at 3:10

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