#1
Ok so i am trying to understand the beatles' "blackbird" song by guitar tabbing my way into it with my classic guitar and phone. I found this link kinda made sense yet not at the same time:

**removed link to competing site - 20Tigers**

Will someone walk me through what everything means for this link?
#2
Quote by xguitaressx15
Ok so i am trying to understand the beatles' "blackbird" song by guitar tabbing my way into it with my classic guitar and phone. I found this link kinda made sense yet not at the same time:
*snip*

Will someone walk me through what everything means for this link?


Welcome to the forum!

Is there anything specific about the tab that you found confusing? Just to offer a few possible pointers:
- The piece is (traditionally) fingerpicked, as shown here.
- If you're new to fingerpicking, the thumb plucks the E, A, and D strings, while the index, middle, and ring take care of the G, B, and high e, respectively- again, this is speaking traditionally; the pinky might be used for more advanced fingerpicking.
- When two (or more) notes line up, like the first two notes (the 3 on the E and 0 on the B), it means they're supposed to be played at the same time.
- Slides up without a lower fret number indicated (e.g. 3/5) mean that you can generally slide from anywhere.

Hope this helps, and feel free to ask more questions; that's what we're here for!
#3
Asks a question on UG

Posts a tab copied from UG onto Songsterr

https://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/t/the_beatles/blackbird_ver5_tab.htm

0 = open string
3 = press third fret

There's a key on top
If there's one note on top of another, play them at the same time

I'm not sure what else you want; more specific questions will get you to more specific answers, though!
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lots of flirting with the other key without confirming. JUST LIKE THEIR LOVE IN THE MOVIE OH DAMN.
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#4
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Asks a question on UG

Posts a tab copied from UG onto Songsterr

https://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/t/the_beatles/blackbird_ver5_tab.htm

0 = open string
3 = press third fret

There's a key on top
If there's one note on top of another, play them at the same time

I'm not sure what else you want; more specific questions will get you to more specific answers, though!

Except in that case if there's one note on top of another it's actually giving a second option for the upper note. So where you see an 8 on the b string with a (3) on the e string above it then you can play either note. I started learning this song in a similar way to what is tabbed in this song then found some different fingering for many of the notes and it became a whole lot easier to play. Find a different tab that puts some of the bass notes onto the D string
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#5
Quote by 20Tigers
Except in that case if there's one note on top of another it's actually giving a second option for the upper note. So where you see an 8 on the b string with a (3) on the e string above it then you can play either note.
Yes, I suspect that's the source of the confusion.

FWIW, in fact (as the tabber suggests), McCartney played the 1st string notes (the ones given as alternatives). I certainly find it a lot easier that way myself.

Paul also had his own idiosyncratic style of fingerpicking, involving some index finger strumming as well as picking:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JiL5JpUtjqY
Last edited by jongtr at Feb 23, 2016,
#6
Quote by 20Tigers at #33848879
Except in that case if there's one note on top of another it's actually giving a second option for the upper note. So where you see an 8 on the b string with a (3) on the e string above it then you can play either note.

I was specifically referring to the very beginning, like 3xxx0x, with the total number of notes, but I see where further confusion would stem from ^^ (he wrote it as three possible notes in my counting, x4xx8(3), with the optional fingering, from his standpoint, written parenthetically)
Glad to cross paths with you on this adventure called life
Quote by Jet Penguin
lots of flirting with the other key without confirming. JUST LIKE THEIR LOVE IN THE MOVIE OH DAMN.
Quote by Hail
you're acting like you have perfect pitch or something
Last edited by NeoMvsEu at Feb 23, 2016,
#7
Ok thanks a bit but i guess i'll have to talk with someone privately here to send them a link to further my understanding of this song i'm studying and wanting to master. Paul mccartney appears more talented when he's away from the beatles. Sure. The beatles are legendary to some which is a load of people. But i sense his potential is better exposed without them. Blackbird by the man himself is sort of simple to play because of the time length it requires as well as it needing only an acoustic or a classic guitar. I hope that i can privately talk to enough of you to get where i need to go to craft my guitar skills for as long as needed.
#8
The tab suggested above is spot on for the notes:

https://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/t/the_beatles/blackbird_ver5_tab.htm

As well as using that I'd also recommend checking out this video lesson on the song, for the right hand technique. For years I played this song using a traditional finger picking technique, but re-visited it recently as I was not completely happy that it was 100% right.

Check out a couple of live versions of Paul playing it and watch his right hand. This lesson by JustinGuitar nails it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEn2SEwZKNE
Check out my free iOS game, designed to help you learn the notes on the guitar fretboard!
(You get to shoot zombies too! :-)


I'd really appreciate any feedback & suggestions.

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxpEM6FKtws