How to download tabs?


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07-24-2012, 10:52 AM
Forgive me if I do something really wrong, like posting new thread that one has already did but I searched the forum for the answer to my problem and even tried Youtube. However I'm still having the same problem.

I'm using Firefox browser, Kaspersky Internet Security 2012 and Windows 7 (32 bit). I don't know how to download tabs and save them. I watched Youtube for the same and it shows that download button was at the bottom of the screen which never showed up in mine. Can this be because of adblocks I use?

Thanks in advance. (Sorry, English is not my main language)

07-24-2012, 11:06 AM
i usually copy and paste to notepad or word. its easier

07-24-2012, 11:18 AM
Either use Guitar Pro/tuxguitar (it's free!) or copy to textedit. Don't use word, it's get everything out of line.

07-24-2012, 11:33 AM
Please one more question...

Can Guitar pro open those notepad files?

07-24-2012, 12:37 PM
make sure it's a guitar pro/power tab file. if it's just the normal "tab" then it will be only text. if you want to download tabs that play back, download tuxguitar, and look for the guitar pro files. these programs cant read just text.

07-24-2012, 03:39 PM
Thank you all for your kind replies, but I still can't figure out how to download tabs. :)

07-24-2012, 04:09 PM
Alright, I have a Mac, so it'll be a little different but nothing you can't handle.

Step 1: Open the tab you want to download
Step 2: Highlight the tab, or parts of it if you don't want the whole thing.
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Step 3: Open notepad and paste it there.
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Notepad is called Textedit on my OS.
Step 4: Save the notepad file to your desktop, or wherever you want it saved.
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Step 5: Congratulations, you now have a saved tab.
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It's to the right of my Safari window.

07-24-2012, 04:33 PM
Here, i'll make you a little internet guide.

First, start off by just going to the UG homepage

Now, type the song you want in the search bar under the ad banner. I'll just search for AC/DC's Back in Black, for the sake of simplicity.

A page should load that has a list of a bunch of tabs. Notice the far right column. You see some that say "Tab", "Chords", "Bass", "Guitar Pro", "Power Tab", "Drums", and "Video Lesson".

I'll break down each of them for you, and throw in some pictures to help out.

A "Tab" is simply just a webpage with some text on it. They look like this:
You cannot "download" these tabs. They are here simply for quick reference. You can copy/paste them to a word document, but that's as far as you can go with them.

"Chords" are very similar to tabs, in that they are really just text on a webpage. They look like this:
Just like tabs, you cannot "download" them, but you can copy/paste them.

"Bass" and "Drums" are literally the same thing as "Tab", but for drums and bass guitar. They are also not downloadable.

"Guitar Pro" is most likely what you are looking for. You cannot see the tab itself on the page, apart from the Tab Pro preview. If you scroll down a bit, you will see a section off to the right that says "Download (song name) Tab". It looks like this:
Notice the disclaimer above it that says this:
"Please note that you must have Guitar Pro software installed on your computer in order to view this file. Read more what is Guitar Pro Editor"

This means that to view this file, you must have a copy of the Guitar Pro program, or a free alternative, like Tuxguitar.
You can look for them here:
Guitar Pro ( (However, i do not think it's honestly worth $60)
Tuxguitar ( (This is what is recommended you download. It's small and free.)

After you have one of those programs installed, just double click the guitar pro file, and it will open in the program.

A "Power Tab" file is just like a guitar pro file, but you will more than likely never use one. As said on their FAQ's on their website:
"The Power Tab Player is officially extinct. There may be some copies of it residing somewhere on the internet, but seeing how it will only play version 1.0 type files and that most Power Tab scores found on the internet are in version 1.7 format, it's a pretty useless tool."
Although there are some working versions on the internet, i wouldn't recommend that you use this format.

And as for the "Video Lesson", it's exactly what it sounds like. It's basically just like any youtube video that you'll find.

Hope this helped :)

07-26-2012, 01:55 AM
Thank you so much Sir moscaespanol and Sir iHurricaneGTR.

Wish we could meet in real life, I should give you a piggy ride. Thank you once again *bows down*