Should You Use Tab?

Should You Use Tab?

If a song can be described well with just chords, then it will be a lot easier to read and write if you just use the chord shapes, rather than tab out the chords.

BUT - if you do just send in the chords it makes things *much* clearer if you give the chord shapes as well.

For example, if you wanted to do Led Zeppelins Gallows Pole you could write:

Intro : A7 G/A A7 Am7 Dadd4/A A7 G/A A7 Am7 Dadd4/A

Verse : A7 G/A A7 Am7 Dadd4/A A7 G/A A7 Am7 Dadd4/A

A7 G/A A7 Am7 Dadd4/A G D

A7 G/A A7 Am7 Dadd4/A A7 G/A A7 Am7 Dadd4/A

(You should really have the words underneath as well, but I can't

remember them at the moment !)

Now this is OK, but how many people actually know how to play Dadd4/A off the top of their heads?

What you need to do is include some chord shapes like this :

EADGBE EADGBE EADGBE EADGBE EADGBE EADGBE

x02020 x02010 x04035 320033 xx0232 x00000

A7 Am7 Dadd4/A G D G/A

To TAB out these chords will take a lot longer to type in, and will probably take people a lot longer to read and understand.

Where a chord is based around chords like this, it makes things much easier if you just give chord shapes and names, then show where the chords go in relation to the words.

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