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10 months ago
Conversion from Sheet Music to Tabs 439 views  
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Papa Wings


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This is just a general rule that I follow when converting to tabs, so I don't know if it will help anyone much (or if this is already used by tabbers).

I find it works pretty well to use the length value of a note in sheet music and apply it to the number of sustains (>) or spaces (-) after a note in the tab.

I based this off a quarter note, and revolved other lengths around it. This is the method used in most of my tabs.

Ex. 1 quarter note in sheet music
                  =
    4 sustains/spaces in tablature

So eighth notes are 2 sustains, whole notes are 16 and so on. There is an issue with sixteenth notes and correct spacing, but I usually lengthen or shorten other notes a bit to make it work.

Let me know if this was helpful to anyone.

 
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10 months ago
Gdiddy


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Very nice Papa, I use a similar approach. 16th notes and even 32 or 64 notes can be done as well but you have to space out the rest of the tab quite a bit.


Da tickler has a whole article about this too, its quite detailed,
http://tabnabber.com/view_Tab.asp?tabI...

 
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10 months ago
Papa Wings


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That is very helpful. Thanks.

I do notice that many tabs with vocal parts are unclear about which notes are the vocals, Sometimes it looks like the harmony and melody are just one section together. There is noting wrong with that, but I think it is easier if there are separate line for vocals and instrumental.

This is the method I use in my tabs. I put the vocal lines on the top of each measure, and label them with a "V" before the octave

Ex.
   V5|-----c>>>>|
   V4|c>>>>-----|
    
It makes it easier to recognize the vocals in the tab. It is similar to the vocal staff in sheet music, above the other treble and bass staffs.

 
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10 months ago
BA


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The "V" is also used to signify the violin track/instrument, so the midi files will play a violin voice for your "V" lines, which is probably most appropriate as the violin is said to be one of the instruments most similar to the human voice!
 
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10 months ago
Papa Wings


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Yeah I think the violin helps with the sound of the midi file. The only problem I have with the violin is on very long sustained notes. The violin sound starts to get kind of annoying on the same note after a while. Not really a major problem, but more like a pet peeve.
 
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