#1
i dont sit down and tab out a song by ear i just get the most accurate tab to a song i like and play it. if it does not sound right to me thats when i try to figure out whats wrong. is that considered being a bad musician?
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#3
The only time I've ever really figured out a song by myself is generally by accident. I'll play something and go "Hey that sounds like that one song!" and go from there
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#4
Dude, you're fine. A ton of people don't do that. =)
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#6
no, that's exactly what I do
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You're not a bad musician, but ear harmony can really dissolve the boundaries you'll encounter later on.
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The only time I've ever really figured out a song by myself is generally by accident. I'll play something and go "Hey that sounds like that one song!" and go from there

Same here.

To be honest, a good ear is something that comes with practice. I used to be totally tone deaf before I ever picked up a guitar, and even now after nearly seven years it's still a thorn in my side from time to time. I can't always sing in key, I can't always tune by ear, and sometimes I can even be playing a semitone flat or sharp and won't tell straight away.

So I wouldn't worry about it too much
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You're not a bad musician, but ear harmony can really dissolve the boundaries you'll encounter later on.


definitely, it's something i do more now, unless its an uber fast solo

it helps a lot for figuring out stuff
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#10
jeez i hope not cuz i do that too. i only try to figure a sound out by ear if im up for a little challenge.
#11
if that meant you werent a a good musician this site would say "Ultimate-guitar.com: Come here if you suck! lawlz"
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#12
The more you do by ear the better, if you ask me. Practice makes nearly perfect Most of us have ****ty ears when untrained.
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#14
I don't often work out songs by ear unless no tabs exist for the song, or all the tabs sound absolutely incorrect.

I also find watching youtube videos is useful for learning a song. I'll work out a bit by ear and then watch the actual artist play it to see if I'm playing it right or not.
#15
if you want to compromise between ear training(which is boring) and playing tabs(which is fun) learn to read sheet music. It makes seeing the intervals as you play the notes much easier then with tab.
#16
I think its useful to train your ear, muisc is a hearing art after all. Learn off tabs if you like but also try and spend some time working things out for yourself because I assure you it will make you a better musician.
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#17
Ear-training is a very useful skill, one I have yet to develop. It won't kill you to learn from tabs, it helps to determine starting notes and keys. From there, it might be in your best interest to try and learn most of the song yourself, and look at the tabs for quick reference to make sure your in the right place.

By the way, there is no such thing as a 'bad' musician, in my opinion. I would call it "undeveloped".
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#19
Learning a song by ear, or even tuning by ear can be very, very hard to do. It takes a lot of time, and I can't do it either, but a lot of local bands want me to play for them, because they think I'm a good guitarist. A lot of professionals can't read sheet music, don't know the names of the notes on the neck, and just know "1-2-3-4-5-6..." for the neck.
#20
I always learn my covers from tabs. That way I don't have to waste time trying to figure it out when I can just have it. It's more of a convenience than anything. The part that makes you a good musician is when you play the song, not when you transcribe it. You don't get any extra credit for tabbing it yourself. At the end of the day it's about how it sounds.
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I always learn my covers from tabs. That way I don't have to waste time trying to figure it out when I can just have it. It's more of a convenience than anything. The part that makes you a good musician is when you play the song, not when you transcribe it. You don't get any extra credit for tabbing it yourself. At the end of the day it's about how it sounds.


So what you're saying is ear training is useless and has no merit?
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#22
You don't get any extra credit for tabbing it yourself.


Tabbing it doesn't matter much, but *being* able to tab it gives extra credit. Especially if you ever want to improv.
#23
It doesn't mean your a bad musician at all.
A good musician will play well, write music well, understand his instrument and understand what music is really about.
Just because you dont learn music by ear doesn't mean your bad.
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So what you're saying is ear training is useless and has no merit?

No. It has great personal merit. But as a musician, everything you do is for the audience. At the end of the day it has to sound good. I just don't think you should stress about writing a song that's already been written.
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But as a musician, everything you do is for the audience.

I disagree, I play music for myself. My own expression of thoughts, feelings and ideas in a way that sounds good to me. If nobody likes it I dont really care.

I don't tab songs. I keep telling myself I should, but I'm lazy. There are other ways to train your ear
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I disagree, I play music for myself. My own expression of thoughts, feelings and ideas in a way that sounds good to me. If nobody likes it I dont really care.

I don't tab songs. I keep telling myself I should, but I'm lazy. There are other ways to train your ear


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#27
It depends on how you see music: as a business or an art.

But I make a living by picking fruit, so I don't know much about the music industry.
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No. It has great personal merit. But as a musician, everything you do is for the audience.

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