1- My guitar is ALWAYS in standard tuning. I don't change it. Ever. (I do double check tuning before tabbing anything.)
2- I ALWAYS tab right along to the studio track (CD/itunes). Not in my head, by my own singing, or someone's cover on youtube. **If I do tab a live version from a video on youtube, I always post a link to it. Live versions sometimes differ from studio versions**
3- I haven't yet, got the capo wrong. (Wrong chords or missed chords? Yes, that happens... unfortunately.)
4- "But, Taylor Swift doesn't play it like this!" Well, here's an example- My tab is capo on 2, but Taylor plays it with no capo. She is playing different chords than my capo 2 chords. That's the beauty of transposing (getting rid of hard to play chords! lol!) So, my capo 2 version can still play right along with her no capo version. Make sense?
*NOTE- On the other hand, if you think it sounds better to transpose the chords and place the capo accordingly, then go for it! I prefer using a capo and transpose a lot of my 'no capo' tabs all the time! 5- So, if you think the capo is on the wrong fret... Your guitar is not in standard tuning!!!! *I say this with love lol!!*
(And one more thing that bugs me is when a tab says "Capo on 1 or 2" What????? lol!)
Alright, I'm now done with my rant
Cheerio my guitar friends!