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Online Guitar Tabs vs Playing Guitar By Ear

May 10, 2013 by · 2 Comments 

Guitar Tabs vs. Playing Guitar By EarAs a guitar instructor, I routinely deal with students trying to learn songs they want to play. After all, that’s the whole point of this thing of ours, right? The thing that I notice over and over, however, is the increasing dependence of most students on some sort of online tab website to provide the details on how a given song is played, rather than learning the song in the time-honored play-along-with-the-record ear-based method. Read more

Free Online Guitar Tabs: Should They Be Illegal?

July 27, 2010 by · 3 Comments 

guitar-sheet-music-online-guitar-tabsOnline guitar tabs, transcribed versions of popular tunes done by millions of our fellow pickers and posted on the web, have become the preferred method of song learning for a great many players. They are readily available on scores of tab sites and offer a fast and easy alternative to more traditional types of knowledge-gathering. The question I ask today is this: is posting one’s own version of someone else’s song a violation of their copyright and therefore against the law? Read more

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