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Bass Guitar Nomenclature for Intermediate Players

My call for advice involves music nomenclature of intermediate-level bass players who can’t read sheet music. I am such a bass player, self-taught and want to take my playing to the next level. My ...
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Meaning of some symbols in classical guitar tablature

I am trying to learn classical guitar by myself. In the tablature of Romanza, I came across a few symbols whose meaning I couldn't find. I have learned basic music theory, and I can understand the ...
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What is this open, vertical rectangular symbol?

In Rautavaara's Second Piano Sonata, first movement, beginning 20 bars before the end, there is a tablature-like symbol. What does it mean?
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Beginning a repeat with a tied note in guitar pro 6

I'm trying to tab out a song in guitar pro 6 and I have a section that repeats. The section begins with a tied note from the previous measure, then when it repeats I want the last note of the last ...
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Why is a third-space C on the staff played on the second-string, 1st guitar fret? [duplicate]

I am reading Classic Guitar for Dummies by Chappell, Jon; Phillips, Mark. Classical Guitar For Dummies® (p. 83). Wiley. Kindle Edition. The question comes from a direct statement in the text, which I ...
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What word the combines both tabs and sheet music?

Wondering what word combines both Tabs and sheet music? I usually say Music Score. Is it correct?
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How to chose a ukulele chord tab?

I found this website with common ukulele chord tabs and tried to typeset an E chord in Sibelius: The first one was added by Sibelius (G# E B) and the second one by the mentioned website (B E G# B). I ...
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Help deciphering piece of guitar tablature

does anyone know exactly how this bit of tab is supposed to be played ? I understand the numbers of course but I've never seen this "W.C" or a circle around the notes, what does it mean ? ...
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Tablature notation meaning

What is that tablature symbol in the second bar of Alfred Schnittke's piano sonata no.3 ?
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How do I play these notes from "Zelda's Lullaby"?

How do I play the notes shown in the below image? Here's a link of the video if you want to see It's on minute 02:33
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How to interpret this "hammer on" in this guitar tab?

Does anyone know how I would interpret this hammer on in the guitar tab seen in the image? I would usually read this as "play the third string on the fourth fret, hammer on 5, hammer on 4" ...
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Reading Guitar tab

Please tell me how to read this tab and play that melody. How I must use D5 chord in this tab and what are these strings to hit them at the same time? Video link: Tab ...
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"х" on tablature - how do I play it?

I'm learning "Last Christmas" arrangement for the acoustic guitar, and have encountered lots of notes marked as "x" in tablature. --------------------------------0---------------- -...
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What does a comma between numbers mean in guitar tablature

I have Guitar Pro installed on my machine. Guitar pro is a software that makes sounds according to the tablature you open. I'm curious about a symbol that I don't know what it means. It's a tilde but ...
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How do I read bars with only one or two notes?

In this sheet there are some bars that only have one or two notes, instead of four. How do I read them? Do they last 1 unit of time as well? In the case of the bars with only one note, does that note ...
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Smaller scripts on guitar tablature

Above picture there are some notes are written smaller does it mean play slightly more silent?
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Why does tuxguitar sound bad and what can be done about it?

I've used TuxGuitar for a while now and it's good enough for a free product. However, I recently downloaded the most recent version and noticed that when I play what I've typed into the TAB the ...
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How do I represent these measures (bends and prebends) in GuitarPro?

I was reading through a book when I came across this lick. I tried to represent it in guitar pro but am finding difficulty. Can you please help me with this lick? I understand that these are grace ...
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How am I supposed to play this chord?

I've tried to play this chord a couple different ways and I have no way to play it. I tried to have my index on 10 my pinky on the 16s and my middle or ring on 14. Is there something I'm missing or ...
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Guitar tablature: same fret indication connected by arc, no label [duplicate]

I'm trying to learn "Hard Time Killin' Floor Blues", by Skip James, and I am stumped on the circled notation in the picture. It doesn’t look like a pull off or hammer on to me, because the ...
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Can't find the mixer in the new version of TuxGuitar (v1.3.2)

I just downloaded the new version of TuxGuitar and when I went to play one of my songs the levels of each track were all off. The drums are far too loud and the guitar is barely audible. The problem ...
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Understanding a Chinese guitar tab

A Chinese friend of mine requested I learn her favourite guitar tune: http://www.yuesir.com/ipu/271.html However, I have big trouble undestanding the convention used is this tab. Could someone ...
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Symbols "M", "C", "D", and "P" in Guitar Tablature

I was reading a songbook by Richie Kotzen, and in the song "Shine" (which he played with Mr. Big), there's a rythm guitar part that goes like this: What do the symbols M, C, D and P mean? I'm pretty ...
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Line breaks or page formatting in TuxGuitar

I'm trying to write bass tabs in TuxGuitar, but want to format the print layout. I can't figure out how to set the number of measures per line or how to add a line break in the tabs. Does anyone know ...
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How to change the tuning in guitar pro 5 but keep the original tuning displayed

I tune all the time in Eb , but I don't want the display of the notes in the fretboard to be in Eb, I want it to stay in E. how do I do that please?
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How do I read the music when there are more beats in bar than the time signature specifies [duplicate]

I am a beginner and have encountered the following tab/sheet music notes. It is in the 3/4 time signature, but it clearly shows more than 3 quarter notes in a bar. I am stumped on how to read and play ...
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How do I play this tab of No More Sorrow's Live version

I'm trying to play the live version of Linkin Park's No More Sorrow. Tuning is half step down drop D |---------------------------------------------------------| |------------------------------------...
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How can I play these notes on A and G strings?

I came up to these tabs showing a power-chord like chord on A and G strings. How exactly can I play these without interfering with the D string?
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Does a "-" on guitar tab mean "play that string open"?

I'm not a guitarist, I'm learning piano and I'm trying to translate some guitar tab for piano. With this section of tab (for I Don't Want It by Ween, from the Ultimate Guitar site): e--8-8-8---3-3---...
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How to create guitar tabs with similar notation to Japanese Band Scores?

In Japan, so called バンドスコア (Band Scores) are widely available, showing multiple parts for vocals, guitar, bass and drums. An example can be found in the image on this question or see below: As you ...
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GuitarPro Notes Displaying One Octave Too Low

I have been using the software GuitarPro, and the file I am working in has suddenly begin displaying the notes one octave too low. In short, it acts as if 8va is on, even though it isn't. Everything ...
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Is there a shortcut or technique for converting standard notation classical guitar music into tab?

I have played guitar for almost 30 years, but regrettably have never played standard notation. I have exclusively played tablature. This has not been a problem until I took up classical guitar ...
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Is this slide made unnecessarily hard?

Sliding from 3 to 5 and then hitting 2? Do I need to stretch my hands that much? Or is this made unnecessarily hard?
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Chords in tabs are wrong?

This song is Blackbird by the beatles The first part is a G, but the notes come up as G B G, which do not form a G chord. a G chord is made up from G B D, unless I am missing something here, or the ...
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Chords in tabs confusion

I usually see pictures like the one above, with chords above the bars. Like, in the first one for example, it says "Am" directly above the 7th fret of the D string How is that an Am? Am is made up ...
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Reading and Writing Drum Tabs?

I have been playing Drums for 4 years or so now and I have never understood tabs for them is there an easy way to read and write them? Or is it down to personal preference? Also any hints and tips on ...
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Rhythm notation confusion

This is getting me really confused. This bar is 4/4 Look at the picture above, shouldn't "0" be beat 4? instead it gets to beat 4 at the red arrow. Why is that?
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What are these black lines under the tabs?

What are these black lines that's under the tabs? Are they there for rhythm or something?
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Chord symbols don't match tabs

Im trying to learn Pure imagination on guitar following the tabs. Im going well, but I realised that when I see the fret board numbering with words above them like Fmaj7, Am and C, following the fret ...
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Translate muted bass string from tablature to staff notation

I am arranging a piece for a choir, and as a starting point for the bass I am looking at bass-guitar tabs. I figured out how to translate the tabs to staff notation, except muted strings. I do not ...
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How to match the notes in the score with guitar tab when changing the tuning in Guitar Pro 6?

I realized that when changing the tuning in a tab, the score remains the same. Here's a example, when I tune 1 step down. The first chord is F, but the score is still telling me it is a G chord: Why ...
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What does NH and <> mean on a tab?

On a tab I'm reading, I see this: NH H. ------------------| ------------------| --<>12------------| ------------------| ------------------| ------------------| What do they mean? I know ...
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Is there a specific name for Sheet music that uses numbers (二胡 Èrhú Sheet Music)?

I am searching for a software program (preferably opensource but not necessarily) that can create sheet music. However since I am a beginner at my instrument I still use a simplified notation. I play ...
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Why do tabs show individual notes being played where the song seems to contain strumming?

I'm new to guitar, and as an early project I've been trying to learn the classic Good Riddance by Green Day. Have a look at this tab, which matches most/all tabs I've found for this song: e|----------...
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What does /17 mean on a guitar tablature?

The song (or at least the 1st melody part) goes like this: d|-------------|-------------|-------------|/15----------| A|-------------|-13----------|/17------13--|-------------| F|---------12--|---...
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What are these numbers under tabs in Guitar Pro?

I know that piano sheets sometimes has something similar and suggests you which fingers to use to play the note or chord. But... this is guitar, and looking into these numbers I don't believe these ...
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Is there a term for tablature with numerals placed between the lines?

In most of tablature notation for fretted instruments, each line represents a string and the numerals, representing the frets where to stop the string, are printed on the respective lines. However, ...
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What does a number above the 'staff' mean in tablature?

What does a number above the 'staff' mean in tablature? Such as the numbers 4 and 5 in this example.
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What does a capital letter mean in tablature?

What does a capital letter mean in tablature? I see small q for quarter note. What does capital Q mean?
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What does a P above the tab mean in guitar tablature?

Currently working on learning Secret Base (arr. by sungha jung) and the tabs have a P over the chord. I dont know if this means palm mute or what because its not a pull-off. Also unrelated im not ...