if no tabs - then what?
I would like to play more than just the root of the guitar chords but have several songs i don't see tabs for in the internet.
I play keyboard and am thinking i can play the baseline from the piano music.
That way i also see potential rhythm with the notes.
Any drawbacks to doing this?
Play by ear? May be tough at the beginning but it gets a lot easier with practice.
Do you know your theory? If not that might be a good start as to what you could play, and coupled with a good ear, what the line you listen to is made up from.
Yup, just listen and figure it out.
Instead of tab I use fake chord all the time. See a chord name and then play as many of the chord's tones as the music will allow before it goes off and leaves me. Root on 1. Need more, the 5 on the 3rd beat works well. Need more, the correct 3 and 7 on the second and forth beat fill in nicely. Eights are good as is the 6. Love the 6, it's neutral and adds a sound I like and the 8 is just the root in the next octave. Root, fives, eights and the correct 3 and 7 plus the 6 give me just about all I need.
Piano sheet music to fake chord --- the lowest note in the stack most of the time is the chord name you need for your fake chord sheet music. Only takes a few minutes to add those names somewhere above the treble or lyric line and then you have fake chord or lead sheet music.
If you can read standard notation - yes use that skill.
What tabs are you looking for?
If it's a crappy transcription, you'll be playing a crappy bass line.
By ear, reading standart nortation or creating your own bass line following the right chords
Though a five-string is always nice. :D
My suggestion? Follow the chords, follow your ear, or follow whatever the next lowest sounding instrument is doing. At any rate, the more you know, the better off you'll be.
I'll use the piano part as a framework and write it out - writing the correct notes from the version you want to be doing. As long as the number and placement of the bars line up, it makes transcribing a bit easier than starting with a blank sheet of paper or a new Finale file.
Photo copy the part, write in the correct notes and rhythms on top of the piano part and then write it out on a blank sheet.
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