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Da Tickler
Ultimate Tab Lesson

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F>  Ultimate Tab Lesson (Ver. 1.4)
R>  ___________________________________________________________________________
.>  
T>  Below is what a proper 'basic' tab should look like. This is
A>  the opening 3 measures of my post ('Da Tickler') of the
B>  complete "Don't Stop Believin'" by Journey.
N>  
A>  RH 5|G---G---G---G---|F---F---F---F---|e---e---e---e---|
B>  RH 5|e---e---e---e---|D---D---D---D---|C---C---C---C---|
B>  RH 4|--b---b---b---b-|--b---b---b---b-|--G---G---G---G-|
E>  LH 3|----------------|----------C-D-C-|----------D-e---|
R>  LH 2|e---------F-G-b-|----------------|--------------a-|
.>  
C>  The previous tab example is what a proper 'basic' tab should look
O>  like. A complete tab should include the timing, lyrics & chords as
M>  shown below in an excerpt from my posting of Kiki Dee's hit 'I've
->  Got The Music In Me' (Written by Tobias Boshell). The 'GREATER THAN'
F>  symbol is used to indicate a particular note's length of sustain.
R>  
.>  4/4
T>         I've got the…    I've got the…    I've got the…
A>     G                C                Bb          A
B>  
N>  R5|----------------|----------------|--------d>c>----|
A>  R4|----gg>gg>fg>>g>|----gg>gg>fg>>g>|----gg>g----A>g>|
B>  R4|----------------|e>>>------------|f>>>------------|
B>  R4|d>>>------------|c>>>------------|d>>>------------|
E>  R3|b>>>------------|----------------|----------------|
R>  L3|g>>>g>>>g>g>g>g>|c>>>c>>>c>c>c>c>|A>>>A>>>A>A>a>a>|
.>  L2|g>>>g>>>g>g>g>g>|c>>>c>>>c>c>c>c>|A>>>A>>>A>A>a>a>|
C>  
O>  NOTES:
M>  ___________________________________________________________________________
->  
F>  Referring to the left-hand side of both tabs, above, for notes 1 & 2 -
R>  
.>  1. 'RH' = Right Hand & 'LH' = Left Hand (Some prefer simply 'R' or
T>     'L' right/left hand designation which is actually more economic,
A>     but just make sure you use one or the other for clarity.
B>  
N>  2. '5' = 5th octave, '4' = 4th octave, '3', '2', etc., where octaves
A>     are referenced to 88-key piano/keyboard from 'C' to 'C' where
B>     MIDDLE 'C', or 'c4', is the beginning of the 4th octave. 
B>  
E>  Remaining notes refer to both aforementioned tabs in general -
R>  
.>  3. lower case letters = natural notes (a,b,c,d,e,f,g) & UPPER CASE
C>     LETTERS = sharps (C,D,F,G,A). Since only sharps are used in
O>     keyboard/piano tablature, Eb is represented by a D#, or 'D', Ab
M>     is represented by a G#, or 'G', etc. There is no B# ('B'), nor E#
->     ('E'), since there are no sharps between B & C, nor between E & F.
F>  
R>  *** Below is a complete listing of all piano tablature notes for the entire
.>      88-key piano keyboard. The piano tablature notation is shown with the
T>      corresponding classical sheet music notation directly below each note.
A>  
B>  PIANO TAB LEGEND:  Above the lines - Upper note names are BLACK keys
N>  -----------------  (Sharps); Lower note names are WHITE keys (Naturals). 
A>  
B>                     Within the lines - Actual Piano Tab Notes
B>                     (UPPER case = Sharps & lower case = Naturals).
E>  
R>  The 1st line starts at the lower end (left-hand side) of the keyboard.
.>  The following lines go up the keyboard towards the right-hand side.
C>  
O>  PIANO TAB (a0-b1) -
M>  
->      A#0      C#1   D#1      F#1   G#1   A#1
F>    A0    B0 C1    D1    E1 F1    G1    A1    B1
R>  2|---------------------------------------------|
.>  1|---------c--C--d--D--e--f--F--g--G--a--A--b--|
T>  0|a--A--b--------------------------------------|
A>  
B>  CLASSICAL SHEET NOTATION - BASS CLEF (A0-B1)
N>  
A>   |---------------------------------------------|
B>   |---------------------------------------------|
B>   |---------------------------------------------|
E>   |---------------------------------------------|
R>   |---------------------------------------------|
.>    ----    ----    ----    ----    ----    -----
C>    ----    ----    ----    ----    ----    -----
O>                                              o
M>    ------------------------------------o--o#----
->                                  o  o#
F>    ------------------------o--o#--
R>                         o
.>    ---------------o--o#--  
T>             o  o#
A>    ------o---
B>    o  o#
N>  
A>  
B>  PIANO TAB (c2-b3) -
B>  
E>      C#2   D#2      F#2   G#2   A#2      C#3   D#3      F#3   G#3   A#3
R>    C2    D2    E2 F2    G2    A2    B2 C3    D3    E3 F3    G3    A3    B3
.>  4|------------------------------------------------------------------------|
C>  3|------------------------------------c--C--d--D--e--f--F--g--G--a--A--b--|
O>  2|c--C--d--D--e--f--F--g--G--a--A--b--------------------------------------|
M>  1|------------------------------------------------------------------------|
->  
F>  CLASSICAL SHEET NOTATION - BASS CLEF (C2-B3)
R>                                                                         o
.>   |---------------------------------------------------------------o--o#----|
T>   |                                                         o  o# 
A>   |---------------------------------------------------o--o#----------------|
B>   |                                                o
N>   |------------------------------------------o--o#-------------------------|
A>   |                                    o  o#
B>   |---------------------------------o--------------------------------------|
B>   |                           o  o#
E>   |---------------------o--o#----------------------------------------------|
R>                   o  o#
.>   -------------o---
C>          o  o#
O>   -o--o#--
M>  
->  
F>  PIANO TAB (c4-b5) -
R>  
.>      C#4   D#4      F#4   G#4   A#4      C#5   D#5      F#5   G#5   A#5
T>    C4    D4    E4 F4    G4    A4    B4 C5    D5    E5 F5    G5    A5    B5
A>  6|------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B>  5|------------------------------------c--C--d--D--e--f--F--g--G--a--A--b--|
N>  4|c--C--d--D--e--f--F--g--G--a--A--b--------------------------------------|
A>  3|------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B>  
B>  CLASSICAL SHEET NOTATION - TREBLE CLEF (C4-B5)
E>                                                                         o
R>                                                                ---o--o#--
.>                                                             o  o#
C>   |---------------------------------------------------o--o#----------------|
O>   |                                                o
M>   |------------------------------------------o--o#-------------------------|
->   |                                    o  o#
F>   |---------------------------------o--------------------------------------|
R>   |                           o  o#
.>   |---------------------o--o#----------------------------------------------|
T>   |               o  o#
A>   |------------o-----------------------------------------------------------|
B>          o  o#
N>   -o--o#--
A>  
B>  
B>  PIANO TAB (c6-c8) -
E>  
R>      C#6   D#6      F#6   G#6   A#6      C#7   D#7      F#7   G#7  A#7
.>    C6    D6    E6 F6    G6    A6    B6 C7    D7    E7 F7    G7    A7  B7 C8
C>  8|----------------------------------------------------------------------c-|
O>  7|------------------------------------c--C--d--D--e--f--F--g--G--a-A-b----|
M>  6|c--C--d--D--e--f--F--g--G--a--A--b--------------------------------------|
->  5|------------------------------------------------------------------------|
F>  
R>  CLASSICAL SHEET NOTATION - TREBLE CLEF (C6-C8)                      ----o--
.>                                                                       o
T>                                                                ---o-o#--
A>                                                             o  o#
B>                                                    ---o--o#--    ----    ---
N>                                                    o
A>                                           ---o--o#--     ----    ----    ---
B>                                        o  o#
B>                                  ---o---         ----    ----    ----    ---
E>                               o  o#
R>                      ---o--o#--  ----    ----    ----    ----    ----    ---
.>                   o  o#
C>             ---o---      ----    ----    ----    ----    ----    ----    ---
O>          o  o#
M>   -o--o#--       ----    ----    ----    ----    ----    ----    ----    ---
->   ---    ----    ----    ----    ----    ----    ----    ----    ----    ---
F>   |------------------------------------------------------------------------|
R>   |------------------------------------------------------------------------|
.>   |------------------------------------------------------------------------|
T>   |------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A>   |------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B>  
N>  
A>  4. TIMING - Typical musical time signatures are as follows:
B>  
B>     4/4 (Common Time) - 4 Quarter Notes (1/4) per measure;
E>     3/4 - 3 Quarter Notes (1/4) per measure;
R>     2/4 - 2 Quarter Notes (1/4) per measure;
.>     7/4 - 7 Quarter Notes (1/4) per measure (Pink Floyd's 'Money');
C>     6/8 - 6 Eighth Notes (1/8) per measure;
O>     12/8 - 12 Eighth Notes (1/8) per measure.
M>  
->     Each line of the 'staff' for these two tab excerpts is made up of 3
F>     measures of 16 increments (inc's.) each (1/16 notes) for proper timing
R>     since 1/16 notes are the smallest notes in these songs, and both their
.>     time signatures are 4/4. If there are 1/32 notes to be played, you would
T>     use 32 increments per measure. So, to make a long story short, what
A>     determines how many increments per measure are the shortest note in the
B>     song (1/32 = 32 inc's., 1/16 = 16 inc's., 1/8 = 8 inc's., etc.), and the
N>     time signature. For example, note in the tabs above (both in 4/4 TIME)
A>     how there are 16 inc./meas., so 1/8 notes take up 2 increments (2/16 =
B>     1/8), 1/4 notes take up 4 inc's. (4/16 = 1/4), etc. Typically, if 1/16
B>     notes are the shortest notes in the entire song, 4/4 TIME requires a
E>     minimum of 16 inc's./meas., 2/4 TIME requires 8 inc's./meas., 3/4 TIME
R>     requires 12 inc's./meas., 6/8 TIME requires 12 inc's./meas., & 7/4 TIME
.>     requires 28 inc's./meas., etc., etc.
C>  
O>     To mathematically determine the minimum # of increments
M>     required per measure for a given time signature:
->  
F>     # inc's./meas. = Time Signature / Shortest Note in entire song.
R>  
.>     Ex. #4a: 3/4 Time with 1/8 note shortest note in entire song.
T>  
A>              (3/4) / (1/8) = 6 inc's./meas.
B>  
N>     Ex. #4b: 2/4 Time with 1/16 note shortest note in entire song.
A>  
B>              (2/4) / (1/16) = 8 inc's./meas.
B>  
E>     Ex. #4c: 12/8 Time with 1/32 note shortest note in entire song.
R>  
.>              (12/8) / (1/32) = 48 inc's./meas.
C>  
O>     Now, to mathematically determine the # of increments required
M>     per note for a given # of inc's./meas. & time signature:
->  
F>     # inc's./note = [(# inc's./meas) * Note Length] / (Time Signature).
R>  
.>     Ex. #4d: 1/4 Note with 12 inc's./meas. in 3/4 Time Signature.
T>  
A>              [(12) * (1/4)] / (3/4) = 4 inc's./(1/4 note).
B>  
N>     Ex. #4e: 1/2 Note with 24 inc's./meas. in 6/8 Time Signature.
A>  
B>              [(24) * (1/2)] / (6/8) = 16 inc's./(1/2 note).
B>  
E>     Ex. #4f: 3/8 Note with 16 inc's./meas. in 4/4 Time Signature.
R>  
.>              [(16) * (3/8)] / (4/4) = 6 inc's./(3/8 note).
C>  
O>     Further examples showing required # of sustain ('>') symbols:
M>  
->     Ex. #4g: 3/4 TIME - 4 Measures with 12 inc's./meas.
F>                         (1/16 note = shortest note)
R>  
.>        1 & 2 & 3 &  1 & 2 & 3 &  1 & 2 & 3 &  1 & 2 & 3 &
T>     R4|------------|------------|------------|------------|
A>  
B>     For this configuration typical note lengths are
N>     notated as follows (using Middle 'c' as the note):
A>  
B>     1/16  -|c-----------|-   1 inc. - 1 note & 0 '>'
B>     1/8   -|c>----------|-   2 inc. - 1 note & 1 '>'
E>     3/16  -|c>>---------|-   3 inc. - 1 note & 2 '>'
R>     1/4   -|c>>>--------|-   4 inc. - 1 note & 3 '>'
.>     3/8   -|c>>>>>------|-   6 inc. - 1 note & 5 '>'
C>     1/2   -|c>>>>>>>----|-   8 inc. - 1 note & 7 '>'
O>     3/4   -|c>>>>>>>>>>>|-   12 inc. - 1 note & 11 '>'
M>  
->     Ex. #4h: 3/4 TIME - 4 Measures with 6 inc's./meas.
F>                         (1/8 note shortest note)
R>  
.>        1&2&3& 1&2&3& 1&2&3& 1&2&3&
T>     R4|------|------|------|------|
A>   
B>     1/8   -|c>----|-   1 inc. - 1 note & 0 '>'
N>     1/4   -|c>>---|-   2 inc. - 1 note & 1 '>'
A>     1/2   -|c>>>--|-   4 inc. - 1 note & 3 '>'
B>     3/4   -|c>>>>>|-   6 inc. - 1 note & 5 '>'
B>  
E>     Ex. #4i: 4/4 TIME - 4 Measures with 16 inc's./meas.
R>                         (1/16 note shortest note)
.>  
C>        1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &  1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &  1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &  1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &
O>     R4|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
M>  
->     1/16  -|c---------------|-   1 inc. - 1 note & 0 '>'
F>     1/8   -|c>--------------|-   2 inc. - 1 note & 1 '>'
R>     3/16  -|c>>-------------|-   3 inc. - 1 note & 2 '>'
.>     1/4   -|c>>>------------|-   4 inc. - 1 note & 3 '>'
T>     3/8   -|c>>>>>----------|-   6 inc. - 1 note & 5 '>'
A>     1/2   -|c>>>>>>>--------|-   8 inc. - 1 note & 7 '>'
B>     3/4   -|c>>>>>>>>>>>----|-   12 inc. - 1 note & 11 '>'
N>     Whole -|c>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>|-   16 inc. - 1 note & 15 '>'
A>  
B>     Ex. #4j: 6/8 TIME - 2 Measures with 24 inc's./meas.
B>                         (1/32 note shortest note)
E>  
R>        1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 5 & 6 &  1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 5 & 6 &
.>     R4|------------------------|------------------------|
C>  
O>     1/32  -|c-----------------------|-   1 inc. - 1 note & 0 '>'
M>     1/16  -|c>----------------------|-   2 inc. - 1 note & 1 '>'
->     3/32  -|c>>---------------------|-   3 inc. - 1 note & 2 '>'
F>     1/8   -|c>>>--------------------|-   4 inc. - 1 note & 3 '>'
R>     1/4   -|c>>>>>------------------|-   6 inc. - 1 note & 5 '>'
.>     1/2   -|c>>>>>>>----------------|-   12 inc. - 1 note & 11 '>'
T>     3/4   -|c>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>|-   24 inc. - 1 note & 23 '>'
A>  
B>  5. Each line is made up of measure separators which are 'pipeds' ('|') on your
N>     computer keyboard. The space consumed by the piped is ignored and is not
A>     part of the count. Blanks, or 'rests' are just 'dashes' ('-'). Tabs can be
B>     easily done in 'Notepad' (or any other word processor) as a simple text
B>     file, and then copied into the submission window on 'TabNabber'.
E>  
R>  6. For a standard 8-1/2"W x 11"H sheet of paper, it's best to keep your TAB
.>     WIDTHS to NO MORE than '80' characters across the page at any point.
C>     This allows the entire tab to be easily printed within 1/2" left & right
O>     margins using the standard 'Lucida Console' FONT common to all tabs on
M>     TabNabber at a height of '10'. Also, 1/2" top & bottom margins will
->     allow '70' lines per page to be printed before a page break.
F>  
R>  The 3 biggest things to remember are to check the form, note accuracy, and
.>  timing of the tabs you write to maintain quality promoting easily read &
T>  understood tabs. Use the the MIDI player on 'TabNabber' to play your tabs
A>  back and verify you have the correct timing for each note, or notes.
B>  
N>  
A>  Happy Tabbing, Da Tickler.
B>  
B>  
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R>     _/   _/  _/ _/       _/      _/   _/   _/ _/ _/    _/     _/     _/   _/
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M>  
->                      _____________________________________________
F>                     /_ _  ____       ALESIS QS6.1                /|
R>                    ///// ///// --- -- _______  /777777777777777 / |
.>                   ///// ///// --- -- /______/ /7777777777777/7 /  |
T>                  /   _____________________________________    /  /
A>                 /   / // /// // /// // /// // /// // /// /   /  /
B>                /___//////////////////////////////////////___/  /
N>         _______|   |111111111111111111111111111111111111|   | /_________
A>        /     _ |____________________________________________|/         /|
B>       /     // -          --   /________/(O)  ---  ---    ---   KORG  / |
B>      /     // -  o o o o --   ----------     - -  ----   ---   TR88  /  |
E>     /  -- ________________________________________________________  /   /
R>    / (^) // /// // /// // /// // /// // /// // /// // /// // /// / /   /
.>   /_____/////////////////////////////////////////////////////////_/   /
C>   |     |1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111| |  /
O>   |                                                               | /
M>   |_________________________DA TICKLER ROCKS!_____________________|/
->                    ( )/\ \ \                 ( )/ / /
F>                       \ \ \ \                / / / /
R>                        \ \ \ \              / / / /
.>                        ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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What idiot gave this a one star!!Outrage!!Madness!

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did not read it all but this is nice u rock:)

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