- Bass Tabs
- Can someone make tabs for me?
Can someone make tabs for me?
I have a link to some sheet music, but I can't find tabs for it, and can't read music yet. Is there someone out there that can help me, and by extension, all of us?http://chips-tv.com/wiki/%22CHiPs%22_Theme
I won't tab this out for you, but I will help you learn how to tab it yourself. It takes only a minimal ability to understand sheet music to do this. Let me know if you want to try.
I do want to try. It is 11:20 PST right now. I will be available after 12.
Great! You'll need to learn a minimal bit of musical notation.
Do you know what a treble clef is, and a bass clef? How about the staff music is written on?
If not, seehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Musical_notation#Modern_staff_notation
Music is written on a five line staff. There is a staff for the higher pitch part (what the guitar and vocalist perform), this is the part marked by the treble clef (which looks something like a cursive G). The lower pitch part, what the bass plays, is marked by the bass (or F) clef. The staff with the bass clef is what you will be working with. The bass clef looks like an upside down six with two dots next to it.
Each of the five horizontal lines in a staff corresponds to a musical note, and the spaces in between the lines also represent a musical note. For the bass staff, going from bottom to top line, the bottom line is for G, next up is B, then D, then F, and the top line is A. Also going from bottom to top but this time with the spaces, bottom space is A, next space is C, next space is for E, and the the top space is for G. This is a lot like the frets on the neck of your bass, each position representing a specific musical note.
Making sense so far?
So on the bass staff, going from bottom line to top line and including the spaces, the corresponding musical notes are
G A B C D E F G A
This pattern of lines and spaces for specific notes continues above and below the five line staff. The space immediately below the bottom G line is an F. The space above the top line would be a B. A note on a (ledger) line (see the Modern Staff Notation Wikipedia page) beneath the F in the space below the bottom G line, would be an E. A ledger line above the top A line of the staff would represent a C.
If you look at the sheet music you want to tab, at the bass staff, do you see that the first notes you would play would be F notes?
Next we need to look at sharps and flats, but I'll wait till I know you're good with the preceding info before getting into more.
Ok, so this is going to be more instruction than I'm sure you have time for. I learned how to read notes in 1985, when I started learning the saxophone. That is it. I have a borrowed bass guitar, and I'm just poking around, looking for cool stuff to play that I'm familiar with. I have been at this for two months. I know what the clef is, and I know what the time mark is for, but thats about it.
So when you were learning to play the saxophone, you learned which keys/buttons to press to sound the notes of the sheet music. Same thing here with the bass, which string and fret to sound the notes of the sheet music.
All you have to be able to do is read the bass staff to see which notes to play, and then find the right fret for that note.
To figure out the notes, you have to know what notes the lines and spaces of the staff represent, as described above. Then you have to recognize sharp and flat notations to know that you are supposed to play an E flat instead of an E.
That's it in a nutshell.
If you can print out the sheet music, you can go through and write the letter of the note, and whether sharp or flat, on it. Then to play it is just a matter of finding that note on your bass.
Want to continue or not?
The sheet music you want to play shows the bass staff starting with four beats from a bass drum. Then the bass comes in and plays four Fs, an E flat, and then an F an octave above the first four F notes. Then there's an A in parentheses. (I don't know what the parentheses mean.) That's the first measure.
If I were trying to tab this, I would start with first fret on the E string for the first four F notes, then up to first fret on the D string for the Eb, then third fret on D string for the high F.
If you need a fret board diagram for your bass, you can find it on Wikipedia or athttp://myweb.cableone.net/duanelangston/bass_fingerboard.htm
a tab for the first measure, including the A in parentheses, would look something like this:
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