Internet Charts or Text

The Internet is a useful tool for the modern guitarist. It's littered with hints & tips on all styles of guitar playing. Almost anyone with a guitar and a computer can find any song they want to play. To find certain songs just type the name of the song you want then "tab" after it in your favorite search engine. This will return hundreds of thousands of results and eventually you will find what you consider the best tab site for you. The problem with tab on the net is that is is usually transcribed by beginner to medium players and their interpretation of the song can be wrong. Then that one interpretation filters out through hundreds of sites. The most accurate tabs I have found on the net is found on (unfortunately there is too much advertising on the site which slows it down a lot). You need software called "Guitar Pro" to view the files. This program lets you hear the tab as you're scoring or learning it. So there is minimal room for mistakes when someone is transcribing it.

Below is an example of how chord songs are written for the Internet. As you can see it is a simple text format, with lyrics and the chords placed above the words where the chord changes happen. This song had a ".crd" extension, so when you download it, it would look something like this on your computer "lastkiss.crd".

You would open or associate this file with a simple text editor, like Notepad or Wordpad. If you opened it in a more complex text editor like Microsoft Word or Lotus the fonts may change and the chords wont be in the correct places, this will just confuse you even more if you are new to this style of chart. If you want to use a more complex text editor then make sure you use a even spaced font like Courier New or mono. These type of fonts are called monospaced fonts.

There is nothing on this chart to help you with your rhythm speed or rhythm style. It was written with the assumption that you know your chords and know how the song sounds.

This next way of charting chords to a song is almost the same as above, only this time the chords are placed on the same line as the lyrics, but seperated by [brackets]. This style can be a little more confusing but it does save on paper space, which can be good if you have a long song with a complex chord structure.