quality of tab archive?

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by Matthias, Aug 17, 2000.

  1. Matthias


    May 30, 2000
    Vienna, Austria
    I recently had to work out some songs note by note and just for curiosity I compared my results (wich are correct, I'm absolutely shure) with the archived tabs.
    I did this with 3 songs and I'm stunned:
    This tab archive is worth NOTHING in 2 of 3 cases.
    1 song is simply completely wrong (I would really like to hear that :D)
    with 1 song the most complicated part (interlude) isn't there at all (quote: "there's something I couldn't get") and there are faults too
    only 1 song is o.k., there are only 2 unimportant faults

    I admit that this is a very small sample, not suitable to judge the whole archive, so I'm asking:

    Is the quality of the tab archive really that bad?
    What's your experience? Do you actually use the archive?


    BTW I don't want to offend anyone submitting tabs to this archive, but I'm afraid there are people who are not too sure about what they are doing. One should be aware of that.
  2. Cornbread


    Jun 20, 2000
    Lawrence, Ma
    I used to look up tabs when I first got my bass, but I quickly discovered the same problems. It seems like some people who submit tabs are tone deaf. But, I have to give credit to some people who take the time and are spot on in their transcriptions. I'm always surprised when I see really intricate songs transcribed in a tab. It seems unnatural to me to follow such a huge tab. I think the best way to learn a song is by ear rather than trusting someone else's interpretation of the song.
    Another reason why I stopped searching for tabs is that the tabs didn't exist for the songs I like.

    I do think tabs are good for someone who's JUST starting out and wants to learn songs quickly. YMMV