Ultimate Guitar contains more than eight hundred thousand guitar, bass, chords, guitar pro, power and ukulele tabs. We're glad that you're planning to contribute your tabs to UG. Please follow these notes before you submit your tab to make it acceptable for us:
Before you submit your tab, please use the search bar for the song and/or the band name.
As most of UG tabs are ear-transcribed, we have several tabs on some songs.
If we already have tabs for a song, you should check all of them before you submit your tab. Also, check out the ratings and comments for each tab.
Please avoid tabbing songs for those that already have several highly rated/commented tabs. Obviously, your tab won't be acceptable to us for such songs. However, that doesn't mean your tab is not correct, it would just be a waste of time for you. We won't accept your tab if it's the same as one of the existing tabs or even close to them.
To submit your tab, hit submit your tab page (obviously). You can find it on the right from the search form.
Please search for the band name if you think it's not a very well known artist. If we have the band in the archive, go to case 3 below. If not, you have to provide us with a link to the official website of the band (or to their band's profile on UG, or even social websites of the band like: Facebook Page, MySpace, Twitter, Soundcloud, Reverbnation etc.) at the very top of your tab.
For Guitar Pro or Power Tab tabs of such songs, you can mention it in the score information or the performance note.
If they don't have a website, your tab belongs to "Misc Unsigned Bands".
You should use this template for naming your tab:
Other miscellaneous tabs:
If we have the band in our database:
Select the correct type and part for your tab.
As you may know, intros and solos are not much welcomed here when we have a tab or tabs for a whole song, but if we don't have any tabs for a song in archive, we'll accept your correct intro or solo tabs.
These are optional.
You may choose not to select them, but mentioning difficulty and tuning makes your tab worthwhile and informative. Please choose the difficulty of your tab fairly:
For more information about those options, click here.
If you have done all of that, you can still edit your tab and check out the status on the Tabs Pending Approval (TPA) page.
If you don't have any tabs approved on UG and want to check out the status of your tab, go to your contribution page and there will be an 'edit' link next to your tab. Click this link and you'll be redirected to your tab on the TPA page. Also, you can retrieve your tab if it is rejected using the same page.
It usually takes a few days for the tab team to approve or deny your tab.
When your tab is accepted or rejected, UG will automatically send you an e-mail to inform you of this. The e-mail will be sent to the e-mail address you registered with.
If your tab has been rejected and you think that it shouldn't have been, go to the UG contribution forum and ask about your situation there.
Since there are a large number of tabs submitted every day to UG, we have given out users the ability to decide which tabs should be accepted and which should not.
This is an example of the current first page of TPA.
You can select what type of tabs you want to check out:
You can configure the filter for viewing tabs on the TPA page using the configure in page header.
You can browse the pending tabs by clicking on the song names and a page like this will come up. At the end of the page, there are two options:
Also, there is a comment section for your decision. If you're going to choose to reject the tab, you have to leave a comment explaining your decision and it should have contain at least 25 characters. Please leave a worthwhile comment regarding your decision; this will be more beneficial to us. If you've decided to approve the tab, posting comments is optional. You may post a comment if you wish.
Before making your decision, please note
On the TPA page, in the artist column, you will see that some band names with new artist label. This label mean that we haven't the band in our database. If the band name was not misspelled, inspect the whole tab, look for the official website or the UG profile or the MySpace profile of this new band. If there is an URL in the tab and the tab seems correct, please quote the URL in the comment section before approving it. If there is no URL for the band, don’t vote for it at all. The tab mods/admins will check it out and probably move it to “Misc Unsigned Bands”.
With more popular songs, there is a line in the TPA page showing any existing tab(s) for that song like this. You have to check all of them before you decide to approve or reject the tab. Also, please check the ratings and comments of the existing tab(s). Are there a lot of corrections that have been posted as comments for the current tab? Please avoid approving tabs that are similar to existing tabs or even to current tabs. We won't accept similar tabs as a new tab.
Since most of the tabs on Ultimate-Guitar are ear-transcribed, we may have several versions of a tab. We check out the accuracy of all versions and we keep the most accurate and complete tabs whilst removing any bad tabs. So please:
This is how we respond to all the tabs: Tab Approval Queue -> Approved
We choose our tab moderators from our active users in the tab related areas. When we find a user who is trustworthy and knowledgeable regarding tabs, we consider them as potential tab moderators. Obviously, they should have more highly rated tabs on UG than regular users.
Tab moderators are able to remove tabs from the TPA page or approve them. One vote from a tab moderator on the TPA page is equal to three regular user's votes. Also, tab moderators are able to warn and/or ban tab and TPA page spammers from the site. Be aware that a banned user may not submit any tabs or browse the TPA page.