Re: do most bass players use tablature?

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Posted by Deman on October 21, 2000 at 23:55:46:

In Reply to: do most bass players use tablature? posted by PaPaSeAn on October 20, 2000 at 14:52:57:

Hey...this is taken from one of my own posts a ways down this same board...If you need more, feel free to E-Mail me. Tab is much easier to read then Musical notation, but it doesn't convey the rythm or dynamics, just the notes. I would have to say that any main-stream band that you know of, including Limp Bizkit, Does NOT use tab, except possibly for a very quick way of writing something down so you don't forget, not as a real musical record. If you understood that, your doing better than I...

Alright. Reading muisic is great, as we all know, but not always practical. If your looking for a quick way to find a song or just figure out that one hard part, tab on the 'net is the best way to go.(also useful is you are like me and just don't have extra cash for books). One of the best resources for tab that I have found is
As for reading tab, I'll give you the basics.

Tab for bass is usually written with four lines, showing the four strings. These lines are usually arranged in this order:


Tab uses nubers in these lines to show on which string and what fret to play a note. Thus, This:


Would mean play the low [E] string at the third fret, a G natural.
Tab is read left to right, just like a book. Thus:


Would be a sample beginning of a walking line in C

The following is a key to the most common symbols in tab:


h = hammer-on
p = pull-off
b = bend
r = bend release
/ = slide up/down
<5> = natural harmonic
[5] = artifical harmonic
~ = vibrato
tr = trill

These symbols are inserted in Tab with/between the number, indicating playing style. Tab is best used when you know how the song sounds, and just need to know how to play it. If you want to learn a new song, the best thing to do is get a mp3 or other copy of the song, listen, then play the tab. This concludes Bass Tab 101.
Questions, Comments, Insults?

: My name is sean and i started playing bass about 2 months ago. I'm getting good and
: I would like to know how to use bass tablature and if you could
: give me a few examples.

: I would also like to know is tablature easier and do most band like limp
: bizkit use it?


: PaPaSeAn

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