Help required to read tab

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by Spx, Oct 9, 2001.

  1. Spx


    May 6, 2001
    Hi all

    I am starting playing bass & start working on tabs. What I do is translate the tabs into a very helpful simple soft that reads tabs & translate them into normal music sheet. Therefore helping me to read music.

    However I often meet difficulties reading tabs cos there is no info regarding tempo & I dont manage to find out what is the lenght of the note.
    How could I do that.

    In fact I never know what tempo it is an worst which lenght of note to use.

    How is it possible to recognise the lenght of a note by simply reading tabs?
    See for example the attached file.

    Thanks for your help

    Spx:confused: :confused:
  2. You have JUST RELISED why sheet music is much better then tab, But I would listen or download the song, match the tempo with your metraphom (is you have one) and once you get it at the right tempo write down the BPM. That's what I do. Also I can not help you with the timing. again, listen to the song and figure it out.
  3. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY


    That's the burning question, isn't it? I believe most tab users will respond that U HAVE 2 LISTEN 2 THE RECORD 2 GET THE TIEMINGS, or something of that nature. Kudos on your quest to learn to read standard notation. You're on the right path for long-term gain.
  4. Bass Guitar

    Bass Guitar Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2001
    That is a great way to learn how to read music. The next step is to listen to a song, and transcribing directly to standard notation. Once you can do this, then you can play by just reading sheet music, which is an important skill if you wish to progress as a professional musician.