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Hal Leonard CCR tabs don't match up.

tomkatzz

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I'm trying to learn some Creedence Clearwater Revival songs from their greatest hits CD and a separate songbook by Hal Leonard. But the notes absolutely don't match up.

Is it just me or am I missing something?
 

russ6100

Member
Shouldn't be a surprise. TAB, even stuff in standard notation is often full of inaccuracies - it's always been that way.

It's not like Hal Leonard has a full-time staff of crack transcriptionists. As far as I know, anyone can transcribe anything and then cut a deal with ol' Hal. And do you think HL has paid staff that check all their transcriptions for accuracy? Doubtful....

Another reason to transcribe the material yourself. :AOK
 

townsend

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Here is a whole thread devoted to the topic of why professional published tabs are sometimes inaccurate.

https://www.thegearpage.net/board/index.php?threads/451829&highlight=errors+in+tablature

Of course, this problem isn't restricted to CCR tabs.

Have you checked out Hal Leonard's Creedence Clearwater Revival Guitar Play-Along DVD, volume 20:

http://www.halleonard.com/item_deta...&type=product&keywords=guitar+play-along+dvd+

I'm not claiming the playing (or the scrolling tab at the bottom of the screen) are flawless, but you can watch it quickly and get a good feel for how these songs are played. I find the tab almost worthless, because it scrolls as fast as the playing, and it is a hassle to constantly stop and freeze each new screen of tab, read it, and then resume the playing.

I generally just watch Doug Boduch's playing.

I think there is a companion book featuring full printed out tabs and backing tracks:

http://www.halleonard.com/item_deta...product&keywords=creedence+guitar+play-along+

Basically, Hal Leonard has a long running guitar play-along series, featuring printed tabs and the songs on CD (full version and full version minus main guitar part). This is the guitar play-along CD series. (These are not the most accurate tabs, but they are serviceable and, hopefully, match the playing on the performance tracks.)

Now they have a guitar play-along DVD series as well. You can actually turn the guitar off if you want to play along w/ the DVD. At present, there aren't many in the guitar play-along DVD series. Here is a list:

http://www.halleonard.com/search_items.jsp?keywords=guitar+play-along+DVD&catcode=00&type=product

I like this DVD series . . . not because it is note perfect, but because you can get a close-up of the songs being performed, and you can move quicker.
 


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