Poll: Transcribing vs. Tabs
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Transcribing
17 55%
Tabs
14 45%
Voters: 31.
#1
What are the advantages of figuring out songs on your own versus looking at tabs?
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#2
You play them the wrong way.


I'd feel better knowing that i learned a whole song by ear instead of reading a tab though
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#3
Sense of accomplishment.
Playing the song in the most familiar way to you.

For looking at tabs, it's faster, and can be more accurate.
#4
Transcribing because of Ear training.

I don't look up tabs. The only time I use them is when I'm writing something and I need to put something down quickly.
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#5
You train your ears.


EDIT: What I do is that I look at tabs and then either look for a concert where the song is being played and try to get a rhythm motion started.
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#6
I found once you get good at transcribing, you can find a lot of mistakes in tabs you wouldn't have noticed otherwise. But tabs are good if you're feeling lazy
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#7
Wait wait, i do both, where is the option for that that TS!

i look at tabs, see how they would play it (get a grasp of how it would be played), then if its any good, ill alter it to how i think it should be played, if its shit ill go by ear.
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#8
Yep. Training your ears and increasing your focus in a musical capacity.
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#9
Figuring out songs by yourself really helps develop your ear. Using tabs is faster and can be more accurate. I do both, depending on the difficulty of the song.
#10
Transcribing trains your ears, makes it easier to play what you hear in your head, and by transcribing a song you learn it much more thoroughly than if you just study the tab.
#12
I like to do both, and it also depends on the complexity of a song. I often learn it my way, and then double check the tabs to make sure. It's pretty hard to pick up certain idosyncracies and fills that certain guitar players do (such as a flurry of fast notes or a palm mute you didn't notice, etc) especially live, so if you want it to sound just like the song then look at the tabs.

They each have their advantages though, and I don't see how it would be effective to just stick to one or the other. When people request songs I haven't heard/ never played, I just ask for 5 minutes with the song and play something similar.
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#14
Well, with tabs you're more likely to learn how to play it correctly (although I personally think sheet music is better). Learning how to play things on your own helps develop your ear, and if you ever do music in school or college, that'll make ear training much easier.
#15
If you figure it out yourself, it's most likely a little bit wrong, but I think that's a good thing. That way, when you play it, you have your own sound in the song, unless the mistake is just bad, but I think you get the point.
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#16
Even some highly rated tabs are wrong. I realised that years ago. So I just learn stuff by ear. It's much more rewarding and fun (and frustrating! - rewind, rewind, rewind), I feel.
#17
I always try songs be ear, then I compare them to tabs to see how correct I am.

I'm never really correct.
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#18
I never learn songs by ear. The songs I like to learn are just too long and too difficult to pick up without tabs or sheets.
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If you figure it out yourself, it's most likely a little bit wrong, but I think that's a good thing. That way, when you play it, you have your own sound in the song, unless the mistake is just bad, but I think you get the point.


whats the difference between "you" figuring it out "yourself" and another person figuring it out, and posting it on the internet, you wont properly know the REAL way to play it unless you watch, or get taught by the actual artist
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#21
i've just started transcribing but i get alot more out of doing it by ear than reading it off of paper or the computer screen
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