We've all been there before. You're on the brink of mastering your favorite guitar classic, but something is holding you back. You certainly haven't skimped on the hours of practice and have the calluses to prove it. You're actually starting to dream in triads and arpeggios.
But no matter how hard you try, that one chunk of Solo A is making you want to catapult your coveted Dean across the room. Thanks a lot, virtuoso-guitarist-most-likely-from-the-Scandinavian-peninsula. As much as we like to see you all take on seemingly impossible challenges, we really can't bear to conjure the image of a Razorback defiled by some drywall.
With that motivation and a bevy of others most importantly, the evolution of technology we have spent the past year developing a service that takes the basic tablature concept to the next level. We are certainly fans of the old-school tab approach (which has acted as the nuts and bolts of Ultimate-Guitar.com
over the past decade), but there are so many more tools that we want to see instantly available to musicians. Reading a regular tab is a fantastic method, but it's time to actually play along with the chosen tune. Repetition on your own is fantastic, but practicing a section at the proper tempo on a loop until it's near perfection? Well, that experience preps you for jams and/or band practices of the real world.
Our current database of thousands and thousands of standard tabs will still be available at your fingertips, but we are proud to introduce our newest and most advanced service: UG Plus' Tab Pro
. Providing you more interactive, flexible, and accessible options to learning tabs, Tab Pro
offers industry-quality notation standard for over 10,000 songs presently. Rather than hunting down your favorite Led Zeppelin
song on YouTube or iTunes to ensure you're landing the perfect tempo or pitch, Tab Pro
provides instant audio playback. And one of the best parts? You can now set that seemingly inhuman speed to any tempo you deem fit. Practice at the slowest tempo you need until you're ready to play along with the original arrangement.
There have been plenty of studies showing that we all learn in very specific ways. While the numbers included in standard tabs might be a piece of cake to some, others might slave over that format. If you consider yourself more of a visual learner, check out the various viewing options available via Tab Pro
. Along with the standard tab notation, you can also study the notation by the aerial fretboard option or in a setup that looks a lot like the screen you might see while playing Guitar Hero
At the bottom of the tab you'll find a "Parts
" option, which gives you the opportunity to play along with everything from the lead guitar to the rhythm to the percussion. As an added feature, you have the ability to mix those parts to your liking via the "volume
," and "chorus
." Feel like tweaking the guitar sound a tad? No problem. The Midi Store
option (located in the Parts area) makes it simple to try out everything from an overdriven style to harmonics at the click of a link. Experimenting with that little addition will most definitely evoke the mad scientist within, and it's a pretty wild aural ride if you've got the time.
Once you've learned the gist of the song and feel ready to accompany the playback, you can utilize the looping feature (repetition = perfection), the count-in (nothing worse than a messy open to ruin the whole song), and the all-important metronome under the Settings section. Hey, John Petrucci
said the metronome was the best thing you can use to improve playing, and that's good enough for us. If you want to make notes or highlight various portions on the piece, the Settings
link will give you full reign to color up the page.
All the bells and whistles equal a much more streamlined learning experience. You can learn at your own level, and be ready to play along with any of the guitar/bass parts as soon as you feel you're ready. When you're ready to shut down the computer, the interactive tabs are ready to be printed off if needs be. The in-depth Tab Pro
service is conveniently priced with several packages:
Compared with some other programs on the market, the Tab Pro
service is both economical and easy-to-use. Who needs to be frustrated by a software program when you're trying to focus on the task at hand: playing the hell out of a song.
A few years' back in one of our exclusive interviews with Dave Mustaine
, the Megadeth
frontman indicated that he believed thanks to the various instructional options available on the Internet and otherwise these days that his son was probably a better guitarist than he was at that age. With that knowledge we know that UG Plus
is fostering a whole new generation of guitarists that would make Mustaine
, Jimmy Page
, or even those Scandinavian maestros very, very proud.