I started out doing tabs way back when OLGA (On-Line Guitar Archive) first started up. Back then, it was the first and only game in town as far as submitting and finding tabs for songs. Unfortunately, it was forced to close down after lawsuits were filed for copyright infringements.
For me, it all started when a young man I met on that site requested some ROLLING STONE songs (back then the STONES were a lot younger and so was I and a lot of their material wasn't tabbed). I gave it my best shot at them and one tab led to another. Then more people started to request their songs as well as other artists. So that is how it all began for me.
Many of my tabs (about 150) in the beginning were "borrowed" by other guitar websites, including this one, and submitted by the person named "unregistered". Some have my
trademark signature that appears in the upper left corner still on them and so identifies
the work as mine. Some do not. You can see the complete list of songs I have tabbed on
I am basically a RHYTHM guitarist who has been playing many many years. This is the style I like playing the best. I am self taught ... since back when I started out playing there really wasn't many sources to find out about guitar like there is these days. I will play and tab small riffs, fills, and solos but really am not into lead guitar and the like.
I enjoy helping people out and mainly do CHORD TAB REQUESTS for songs. Basically, that is all I do these days.... CHORD REQUESTS.
This benefits both me and the person asking the request.
It helps me to stay current with the music of today and keeps my ears sharp for figuring out songs and helps pass the time since I am now retired.
Of course it benefits the person asking because they then get to play a song they really enjoy and want learn. It also encourages them to "keep at it" ... And to keep playing the guitar and
hopefully start making tabs themselves.
I try and keep every tab simple and easy to read and understand. I try and also keep the chords as simple as possible without compromising the song. I believe that nothing discourages a person from playing the guitar more then seeing tabs that just do not look good and tabs that have chords that looks as if you need a college degree in Latin to figure them out.
Bottom line to me is this...
We can all benefit from one another whether a tab is 100% or not. Take what you can from a tab and be glad someone out there at least tried to give something back to the guitar community. If you think something should be corrected then state that. I and other tabbers can always take good constructive criticism.
Finally, I admire and respect anyone that has ever played the guitar or any other instrument for that matter as to me it brings joy to this otherwise sometimes terrible world. And I especially admire anyone trying to help others out by doing guitar tabs and just trying to make someone's life just a little happier.