Originally Posted by pecBass
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. 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?
Only drawback I see is ledger notes used in the piano sheet music will probably go lower than your E string will allow. Low E is as low as you can go on a 4 string, lower than that you have to adjust up an octave, which turns me into jello, LOL. Course a 5 string eliminates that problem. Nothing wrong using bass clef, even if it is just the lowest note in the stack.
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.