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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 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 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 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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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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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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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 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 ...
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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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Where to get the chords of a song in roman numerals instead of regular chords

In web pages like https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/ you get the chords of a song (see this for an example). And that's enough if you are aiming to be a campfire guitar player. But when looking for ...
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What tabs are for a Hohner Unsere Lieblinge 32 hole harmonica?

I just got my first harmonica, a Hohner Unsere Lieblinge 32 hole. What kind of beginner tabs can I use?
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How to read this guitar chord cheat sheet?

Coming from a piano background, I have decided to give a try to the guitar and I have started learning some chords. Looking for a cheat sheet on Google, I have found this: http://www.princessdesign....
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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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Interpretation of songsterr tab

Hi guys I'm looking at a tab on songsterr (Use Somebody fingerstyle) and at the 8th bar the tab indicates the playing of the open CGC strings and above it says t.h.(12) and t.h.(19). Can anyone ...
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What is the scale of A # Minor / B flat minor? What does it look like in tab? [closed]

What is the Guitar chord - lead scale of A# Minor / B flat minor? I'd like to see what this scale looks like in tablature. How do I play it?
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How to mute a string and play another at the same time

I'm trying to learn this fingerstyle song on my acoustic guitar. I found a tab which I really like. The only thing I don't get are the X's in the tab. Here's a part I've taken from the tab: What ...
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Extra lines and curves in guitar tablature?

What do these two things indicate in guitar tablature ?
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Is this Rock-a-My Soul 5-string banjo tablature for one instrument or two?

What does this 5-string banjo tablature represent? I took this to be for a single banjo where notes such as those above the labels A and C are pinches. However, that doesn't make sense at the note ...
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How to write a Swing Rhythm using tabs?

I'm tabbing out a song on bass, which consists partly of a swing rhythm. I'm wondering how to properly convey a swing rhythm (or more generally, triplets) using tabs. Here is the part as I've written ...
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What does Harm. mean in guitar tabs

In the Nothing Else Matters tab by Metallica on Songsterr.com, found here, I came across some notation that I haven't seen before: What does Harm. mean in the picture above?
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Do key signatures indicate changes in tablature fret numbers?

I have a tab book for "Black Sabbath" and the song "Iron Man" for example, it has a key signature of bbb. I know this song is played in standard E tuning, and eg the main riff starts with a B + F# ...
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J.S.Bach's organ tablature notation

Is anyone familiar with some freely available guide explaining in detail how to read Bach's organ tablature notation? Apparently, Bach was very comfortable in using the tablature notation, ...
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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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On a stringed instrument, should a note ring during a rest?

In this example tablature, what should happen with the Bs and Gs during the rests? Should they be allowed to ring during the rest, or should they be dampened in some way? If it should just ring, why ...
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Ways to accurately transcribe audible music to tabs

What are some common ways people take music and create tabs for their respective instruments? For example If I were to take a musicians rendering of a song ( ) what ...
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If piano tablature is easier to read than traditional sheet music

I am familiar with guitar tabs which are much easier to learn and read than sheet music. Mainly because it is a direct mapping from the notation to the guitar frets; you don't have to do any ...
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Electric Guitar John Coltrane Scale [closed]

I am trying to pull of this 26-2 on guitar any idea which scale is the guy with the hat using at about minute 1:59? ( ). Thanks a lot.
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How to read a “Drawbar Organ” tab?

I found a tab format that I cannot decipher. And I know of different forms of piano tablatures, but I can't find this referenced anywhere. How is one supposed to read this kind of "organ" tablature ...
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Can Regular Ukulele Tab be Used for a Baritone Uke?

I have read about how the chords on a baritone ukulele differ from those of the first three sizes, and so the regular chords for an ukulele song need to be transposed for a baritone ukulele. But can ...
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Are there any good playable violin tabulatures for Paganini caprices, Bach and Vivaldi music?

Are there any violin tabulatures for Paganini caprices, Bach and Vivaldi music? Or that is stupid to write tabs for a fretless instrument?
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Tabs for particular song and where to find this majestic type of tune [closed]

So the game Planetside 2 has a really cool country sounding soundtrack for one of the factions: at 12:50 NC Travel 4 I'd really love a tabbed version of the ...
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Dead notes mixed in with other notes or Chords

I'm having trouble understanding a tab I'm trying to learn. E |---------------------------------------------------------| B |---------------------------------------------------------| G |--11----11---...
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In a guitar tab, how do you play two distanced notes at once?

If I have a guitar tab like this E---2--2--------------- B--2------------------- G--2-2----------------- D------3--------------- A---------------------- E----------------------...
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Guitar tab - double dash under number

I opened a tab in guitar tab pro on my android phone and there were some sort of double dash (sorry for the lack of a better description), I've never saw that before and I haven't the faintest idea ...
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What is Sanz's tablature for the baroque guitar?

Gaspar Sanz had a tablature system for the baroque guitar which features a mapping between alphabetical letters and chords. From the linked page: Sanz's tablature is remarkable in that it is ...
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How to convert a conventional piano or a violin score to the guitar tabulature using Musescore, Finale, Tuxguitar, Sibelius, Guitarpro softwares?

How to convert a conventional piano or a violin score to the guitar tabulature using Musescore, Finale, Tuxguitar, Sibelius, GuitarPro softwares? Is it possible and how it will handle multiple note ...
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What do these X's mean i'm trying to learn counting stars on Guitar but have no idea how to play these [duplicate]

What do these X's mean i'm trying to learn counting stars on Guitar but have no idea how to play these. I would mute them but there is nothing to mute!
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TuxGuitar 1.4 Cannot Edit Volume

I know there were other posts about this but in my case selecting "V" will not let me edit the volume or anything at all in the new mixer. All of the faders are stationary. I can do 127, 27, and 0 but ...
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In Guitar Pro, how do I specify fret numbers for a chord?

I'm using the notation software Guitar Pro to create and edit tablature, and I can't figure out how to specify the fret number that a chord should be played on. This is different than adding a capo ...