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How to read Bass Tabs

Discussion in 'Tablature and Notation [BG]' started by MxPx_Fan, Nov 1, 2005.


  1. MxPx_Fan

    MxPx_Fan

    Nov 1, 2005
    Now I know the basics of how to read tabs but I was reading a tab for an idea for a movie by the vandals and it goes like 5>---- and I was like wondering what the > means so please help :help:
     
  2. theshadow2001

    theshadow2001

    Jun 17, 2004
    Ireland
    I don't know what it means but listen to the recording and see if the bass does something wierd at that point. Your always better to use your ears inconjunction with tab because for the most part their accuracy is equivalent to a dizzy blind man playing darts....in a hurricane.....on a high gravity planet...
     
  3. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    You thought this forum was a better choice than the tabs forum?


    that aside, I have no idea what the > means, but if you search through a bunch of random tabs your bound to find one with a legend for all those characters.
     
  4. retitled

    retitled

    Feb 13, 2004
    forest hills
    probably mean sutain, or ring.. or maybe even trill listen to the song :)
     
  5. MxPx_Fan

    MxPx_Fan

    Nov 1, 2005
    Thanx for the help and I didnt know there was a tab forum on here and I listened to the song again and it doesnt sound anything like what I thought it might yea I have been playing Bass for about 2 weeks now and I usually make up my own stuff and it doesnt sound to band if you would like a copy of the tab so you can play it your self please e-mail me at skaterforthink@yahoo.com or if you know the song an Idea for a movie and you could write like a rough tab for it with out any > then I would greatly apriciat it thanx *Rock on :bassist: * lol
     
  6. can you post the section of the tab so we can see want context it's in?
     
  7. Aaron

    Aaron

    Jun 2, 2001
    Bellingham, WA
    > means greater than
     
  8. The alligator is eating the 5 because it likes bigger numbers. It's telling you to watch out for alligators as you move higher up the fretboard.

    ...Duh! :p
     
  9. If it was like this it would mean the harmonic at the 5th fret <5>
     
  10. MxPx_Fan

    MxPx_Fan

    Nov 1, 2005
    lol yea I know what > means in math terms but this isnt math lol but I actually figured out what it ment and what it means is you keep playing for like a little bit and then change over to the next number so like if it was 5> then you would play like 55555555 or w/e you feel necasary or like if your listening to the song how ever many times the bassist does it on the song but I got a copy of the tab for you since you requested it.

    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    IDEA FOR A MOVIE - The Vandals
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Intro: x2
    G|------------------------------------------------------------------|
    D|------------------------------------------------------------------|
    A|--------------4>--5>--7>------------------------------------------|
    E|-5>--0>--2>-----------------5>------------------------------------|

    Verse x1
    G|------------------------------------------------------------------|
    D|-------------------------------6h7>-------------------------------|
    A|-----------------4>--5>--7>----------------------4>--5>--7>-------|
    E|-5>--0>--2>-------------------------5>--0>--2>---------------5>---|

    Pre chorus (i think..)
    G|------------------------------------------------------------------|
    D|------------------------------6-7-8-9-----------------------------|
    A|--5>--7>-------5>--7>-8-------------------------------------------|
    E|-----------2>-----------------------------------------------------|

    Chorus x2
    G|------------------------------------------------------------------|
    D|------------------------------------------------------------------|
    A|-----------4>--5>-------------------------------------------------|
    E|--5>--3>----------------------------------------------------------|

    Verse x1
    G|------------------------------------------------------------------|
    D|-----------------------------------------------------6h7>---------|
    A|-----------4>-5>-7>---------------------4>-5>-7>------------------|
    E|-5>-0>-2>--------------2>---5>-0>-2>------------------------------|

    then
    G|------------------------------------------------------------------|
    D|------------------------------------------------------------------|
    A|------------4>-5>-7>-------------------4>-5>-7>-------------------|
    E|-5>-0>-2>--------------2>---5>-0>-2>-------------5>---------------|

    Pre-chorus x1
    chorus x4

    Bridge ( i also think..) play a couple of times
    G|------------------------------------------------------------------|
    D|------------------------------------------------------------------|
    A|-5>---------- 5---------------------------------------------------|
    E|----7>-7-8-9------------------------------------------------------|

    GuitarSolo Variations- play intro once, then use one of the riffs. These are onlt played towards the
    end of the song and the second riff is the ending.
    G|-------------------------------------------------4>-5>-7>---------|
    D|--------------4>-5>-7>------and also---5>-0>-2>------------5------|
    A|-5>-0>-2>---------------------------------------------------------|
    E|------------------------5>----------------------------------------|


    so there ya go you guys can now figure it out thanx alot for the help
     
  11. Joe Turski

    Joe Turski

    Jul 29, 2003
    Connecticut
    m
    Wrong forum. Moved to tabs
     
  12. slapcracklepop

    slapcracklepop

    Jun 28, 2005
    Boston, MA
    It probably means "Let Ring/Sustain"

    It can also be written like 5~


    edit: nvm youve seem to have found it. there lots of different notations for tab, there isnt one set way. it depends on the transcriber
     
  13. angeldawn

    angeldawn

    Nov 2, 2005
    could it mean to repeat each note?
    some of the tabs i found have it at the end to let you know to repeat it. maybe they were just lazy and didnt want to double them up .. just a thought