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dungeonsound615
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 2005 9:08 pm    Post subject: guitar tab question Reply with quote

Alright so im trying to figure out thsi song and Im looking at the tab out of the tab book and i cant figure this out. this is gonna be kinda hard to explain here. So it shows a C power chord then right after that it shows three X's on top of each other. Im guessing this means to play a rake, that or a mute of some sort Im just not sure if i hold the notes of the C power chord, or do i just mute the open strings. Argh i dont want to cheat my way through something if i dont have to but i cant figure out what there asking me to play.

hope someone can help
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Kilroy
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 2005 10:03 pm    Post subject: Re: guitar tab question Reply with quote

what song?? have u listened to the song?? Could it mean to palm mute the power chord?? Hit me up on aim if u havent figured it out

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sonikbliss
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 2005 10:07 pm    Post subject: Re: guitar tab question Reply with quote

I think that usually means to strum those strings while muting them.
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Bad Halen
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 16, 2005 12:20 am    Post subject: Re: guitar tab question Reply with quote

I used to do a lot of Tab back in the day and thought the same thing......."I'm not gonna cheat. I'm gonna do it just like _______!"

The thing is that guitar is a cheater's instrument. If you can make it sound like the sound your listening to then it works.

(of course, if you're playing for someone who KNOWS the real way, then all bets are off....)

Really, though, there aren't hard and fast rules. Most dudes don't even play the song the same way twice.

THose x's could be a rake or a note-less "ka-chunk" of the strings.......more percussive/rythmic than harmonic. Have fun!
Now get yerself some Chet Atkins tab. THAT'S the shit!
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 16, 2005 12:56 am    Post subject: Re: guitar tab question Reply with quote

Just my 0.02$ here...

I agree with what Bad Halen said about guitar. Very easy to cheat. I've been playing guitar for about 20 years now, and have just started reading standard notation the past couple of years. All that time before, I pretty much just played by ear. And let me tell ya shomething shunny (in old codger voice)...tab is a major pain in the arse. It's more confusing than anything else. Standard notation, believe it or not, is simpler once you get the hang of it. Plus the cool thing about notation is that you can take the music from one instrument and apply that to guitar (like the piano, granted you have to take the bass/treble staffs into consideration and improvise). I've never seen tab for the piano, or other instruments except for drums (and drum tab sucks too).
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