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The Tablature page of Weezerpedia lists many musical transcriptions of songs by and related to Weezer. This page is dedicated to helping you create, format, and share a piece of work of your own.


Instructions

1. Make something!

Pick a song, and make a tab. Tabs can come in many forms, such as Tablature (fretboards telling you what notes to play), Chords (lyrics with the chords timed with the song), and Bass (tablature, but for bass guitar). Those are the most common examples, but you can also include other instruments, such as Ukulele or Piano.

Transcribing songs is a difficult process, and is not recommended for beginner musicians. Take some time to learn some songs, what notes sound like which, and then take a shot at transcribing something of your own!

When it comes to making tabs, certain forms already have certain standards.

Tablature/Bass

Tablature is very easy to transcribe, as you are just writing down the number of the frets on your instrument to play. Tabs in this format use a template that looks like this:

e|---------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------|

This block of text represents a guitar's fretboard, as well as its strings. The notes on the left indicate which string is which, and will need to be changed depending on tuning. Bass tabs use the same format, but without the top two strings. Tabs also incorporate other symbols to assist with explaining, as sometimes only frets aren't enough to convey what to play. As an example, here is a simplified guitar solo to Island In The Sun transcribed to tablature:

e|--------------------------------------|
B|--------------------------------------|
G|-7h9p7---5-4--5-4------2h4p2----------|
D|-----------------------------5-4--5-5-|
A|--------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------| (x2)

You read the fretboard from left to right, along with the song. Note the non-fret characters, "h" and "p", aswell as the "x2" to indicate you play it twice. The "h" and "p" stand for "hammer-on" and "pull-off" respectively, and will need to be listed in a Legend on any tab you submit.

Chords

Chords are even simpler. You take the lyrics of a song, and place the chords above the lines when they change in the song. For example, here's a section of Mykel & Carli with chords:

G              C
Back in Wilson High
D               G
I had two best friends
G                    C
They lived down the block
D                 G
Where Eagle Court bends

Unlike tabs, Chords often have no need for a Legend, as they don't use any extra symbols. The only time that they would need a legend is if the song features a unique chord, that is not easy to figure out.

2. Format/Style it for Weezerpedia

Weezerpedia uses a bit of style guiding to make all tabs consistent and easy to understand. These formatting rules go as follows:

  • Chords should include all lyrics, even if the chord structure repeats.

Do

[Verse]
G              C
Back in Wilson High
D                          G
Said I had these two best friends
Em                   Am
'Til the school bus came
     D               G
And took my friends away
Em           Am
Now I'm left alone at home
    D                 G
To sit and think all day

[Chorus]
B        C   D G
Hear you me, Mykel
B        C   D  G
Hear you me, Carli

Don't

[Verse]
G              C
Back in Wilson High
D                          G
Said I had these two best friends
Em                   Am
'Til the school bus came
     D               G
And took my friends away
Em           Am
Now I'm left alone at home
    D                 G
To sit and think all day

[Chorus]
B        C   D G
Hear you me, Mykel
B        C   D  G
Hear you me, Carli

the other verses and choruses are identical to these, so just play them
  • Title each section of the song with a title like [Verse], [Chorus], or [Bridge], with spacing between them. Numbering these titles is not required.

Example


[Verse]
G              C
Back in Wilson High
D                          G
Said I had these two best friends
Em                   Am
'Til the school bus came
     D               G
And took my friends away
Em           Am
Now I'm left alone at home
    D                 G
To sit and think all day

[Chorus]
B        C   D G
Hear you me, Mykel
B        C   D  G
Hear you me, Carli
  • Always include all sections of the song, even if they repeat
    • Never list a section as just the title and amount of repeats. This makes it incredibly difficult when first learning the song. You can include a "x#" (# being the number of repeats) after a section of tablature, but there should never be a part where it tells you to repeat without the tablature.

Do

[Chorus]
    D                     G
My bark is worse than my bite
    D                         G
My feelings are out in plain sight
Em                 A
Don't be afraid to touch me
Em                 A
Don't be afraid to love me, baby (x2)

...

[Chorus]
    D                     G
My bark is worse than my bite
    D                         G
My feelings are out in plain sight
Em                 A
Don't be afraid to touch me
Em                 A
Don't be afraid to love me, baby (x2)

Don't

[Chorus]
    D                     G
My bark is worse than my bite
    D                         G
My feelings are out in plain sight
Em                 A
Don't be afraid to touch me
Em                 A
Don't be afraid to love me, baby (x2)

...

[Chorus] (x2)

3. Prepare the Weezerpedia page

Each tablature page follows some more simple styling:

1. Naming the page

All tablature page titles are formatted like this:

Tablature:Song (Type)

All pages start with the "Tablature:" prefix, followed by the song's full title (properly spelled and capitalized), along with the type of work in parentheses. Song titles should use the exact same formatting as their already established Weezerpedia page. The only work type that is excluded from the page title is Tablature, as it is already stated in the prefix.

If multiple versions of a song of the same type are created, they will be labeled as such:

Tablature:Song (Type) (Version #)

The version number will be declared by which page was created first, and the first one will have to be renamed to include this Version structure.

In the rare occurance that there are different tabs for different songs of the same name, simply add the artist's name after the song title

Tablature:Song (Artist) (Type) (Version #)
Examples

Chords for "Island In The Sun":

Tablature:Island In The Sun (Chords)

Tab of "Say It Ain't So"

Tablature:Say It Ain't So

First version of a bass tab of "Zep Jamb"

Tablature:Zep Jamb (Bass) (Version 1)

Second version of a bass tab of "Zep Jamb"

Tablature:Zep Jamb (Bass) (Version 2)

Tab of "Punk Rock Girl" by Rivers Cuomo

Tablature:Punk Rock Girl (Rivers Cuomo)

Tab of "Punk Rock Girl" by that dog.

Tablature:Punk Rock Girl (that dog.)

2. Info/Credit

You made this tab, so you better want some credit for it! Start your page off with this template at the top:

{{Tablature}}

Created by [[User:Yourusername|Your Username]]

Song: "[[Song Title]]"

Artist: [[Artist Name]]

Album: [[Album/Release Name]]

Type: Type of work, i.e. Chords, Tab, Bass, etc.

Tuning: The tuning the instrument is in for the song

Every tablature page requires a tablature template to go along with it, to basically clarify that it is not part of the main line of pages. That template looks like this:

Tablaturetemplateimage.png This is a Tablature page, which contains the written musical portion of a song. Pages in the Tablature line should be kept mostly separate from the main pages, as they are for different purposes.

The work on these pages are not endorsed or official in any way, as they were created by a Weezerpedia user for use among other fans.


3. Adding your work

Once you've filled out the template at the top, copy and paste your work into the page inside of a <pre> tag. This tag puts your text into a smaller box, and it looks like this:

Hey, this text is in a pre tag! That's so cool! The cool thing about <pre> tags is that you can a d d  s p a c e s  w  i  t  h  o  u  t   b   r   e   a   k   i   n   g    f    o    r    m    a    t    !
This allows you to properly paste chords and tabs, without the wiki's clean-up systems automatically removing all of that extra space. It also contains it in a nice clean box, separate from the info above.

Don't forget to end it in a </pre> tag!

After you've finished adding your actual tab, add a Legend! Some tablature pages use a collapsible text element for the Legend, in case someone doesn't feel the need for it, although it is not nessecary. Under the original <pre> tags, add the title of "Legend" and put your information in another <pre>. Inside of this tag, list all of the unique symbols or chords used in your tab to help the user better understand it. Here's an example of a legend:

Legend

h = hammer-on
p = pull-off
x = dead note
/ = slide up
\ = slide down
> = constant strumming

4. Final touches

After all of this, just simply add a "See Also" section to the bottom of your page. In this section, link the Tablature page, along with anything else you find important or related to this tab. If there are multiple versions of your tab, link the other versions in your See Also.

Below the See Also, include the category of "Tablature" at the bottom of the page, like this:

[[Category:Tablature]]

Once you think you've completed these steps, upload your page to the site!

4. Adding to the Tablature page

Finally, you can add your work to the main Tablature page for all to see. The page's list is based inside of a table, and is sorted alphabetically by song title.

Find the alphabetical section of your songs title (or add it if it doesn't exist), and locate where your song title will fit in the list. Remember, certain words should be ignored when sorting alphabetically, such as "The" or "A". After you've determined the alphabetical placement of your song, paste this template in and fill it out:

| |[[Tablature:Song (Type)|Song Title]]
| |[[Artist Name]]
| |[[Album/Release]]
| |Type (i.e. Chords, Tab, Bass, etc.)
| |Tuning
| |[[User:Yourusername|Your Username]]
|-

Don't forget to link your actual Tablature page, and not just the song page!

For example, here's a listing of the Chords to A Boat on the Sea by Rivers Cuomo, created by deckra:

| |[[Tablature:A Boat on the Sea (Chords)|A Boat on the Sea]]
| |[[Rivers Cuomo]]
| |[[Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years]]
| |Chords
| |Half-step down
| |[[User:Deckra|deckra]]
|-

When put into an actual table, this code looks like this:

Song Artist Album Type Tuning Tab Creator
A Boat on the Sea Rivers Cuomo Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years Chords Half-step down deckra

If you think you've done everything properly up to here, upload your page to the site!

5. Add the "Tab box" template to the song page

We want people to see your work, so let's link to your newly created Tab Page on the pre-existing article for the song you've just tabbed. The template looks like this:

{{Tab box|[[Tablature:Song title (Type)]]}}

Let's use the bass tab we have for the Chopper One song "Touch My Fuzz" as an example. When put into the template, it will look like this:


Tablaturetemplateimage.png

Weezerpedia's Tablature Project has media related to "Help:Tablature":










The final section header of every song page should be "See Also," with links to other Weezerpedia articles that are relevant to that song. You can stick the above code just below that "See Also" header, like this:

==See also==
{{Tab box|[[Tablature:Touch My Fuzz (Bass)]]}}
*[[List of Jason Cropper songs]]
*''[[Now Playing]]''

6. Feel accomplished!

You just uploaded a tab to Weezerpedia, you should totally feel accomplished! Thanks a ton for your contribution to the site! Don't stop there, make more for others to enjoy!

See Also