Guitar music has a musical notation all its own. Rather than the standard musical notation that other musicians use, guitar players use a more simple and operational type of musical notation, called a tab. The great thing about using acoustic guitar tabs is that you can learn to play guitar without having to learn to read music in the traditional sense. Tabs, or tablatures, are used for many stringed instruments. In this article we keep looking at how to read guitar 2 as we previously discussed in Part 1.
Let's take the example of a tab for a group of notes; in this example we will start with the "E", the lowest string and we will go all the way through to "G", the highest one.
E ————————————————- ——————————– 0 —- 1 —- 3 ——- ——
B ————————————————- ————– 0 —- 1 —- 3 ————————- ——
G ————————————————- — 0 —- 2 —————————————– ——
D ———————————– 0 —- 2 —- 3 — ————————————————– ——
A ——————- 0 —- 2 —- 3 ——————- ————————————————– ——
E —- 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 ————————————————– ——-
Let's have a look at the same tab but instead of having numbers I actually put the names of the notes.
E ————————————————- ——————————– E —- F —- G ——- ——
B ————————————————- ————– B —- C —- D ————————- —–
G ————————————————- — G —- A —————————————– ——
D ———————————– D —- E —- F — ————————————————– ——
A ——————- A —- B —- C ——————- ————————————————– ——
E —- E —- F —- G ———————————- ————————————————– ——-
You can now read simple notes in a guitar tab. Let's go a step further and see if you can tab out a chord. A chord is a combination of 3 notes played at the same time.
The tab rules stay the same away from the numbers that will be added up. Let's have a look at a "D" chord tab.
E —— 2 ————————-
B —— 3 ————————
G —— 2 ————————
D —— 0 ————————
A —— X ————————
E —— X ————————-
In the example we just used, you would play the "D" chord once. Every time you read the chord on your tab, play it. To give you an example, a tab that would tell you to strum the chord 3 times would be similar to this:
E —— 2 —– 2 —— 2 ——————-
B —— 3 —– 3 —— 3 ——————-
G —— 2 —– 2 —– 2 ——————-
D —— 0 —– 0 —– 0 ——————-
A —— X —– X —– X ——————-
E —— X —– X —– X ——————-
The example above shows us that a very quick way to learn how to play acoustic guitar fast. The only downside is that by only reading tabs, you do not learn the note durations. Tabs are not recommended to replace musical sheets but are just indicators as to where and how to play a chord on the guitar.
Should you want to learn a song using tabs, here is what you should do:
First, pick one of your favorite songs and get a feel of how it should be put on paper. Once you have done that you can try to replicate the song using the music language, which is the tab code.
The second important thing is to use written music that has the tab right under the music sheet. That way, not only can you read the music from the sheet but you can also see the position on the guitar with the tab.
Source by Sophia Munoz
Hundreds of games were released for PlayStation 2 during the console’s lifetime. There are so many, that it can be hard to choose which you want to buy for your collection. Below is a list of the ten must own games for the PS2 and why they should be in your collection.
10. Final Fantasy X – The first Final Fantasy game on PlayStation 2 successfully evolves the best selling RPG franchise. FFX has a very deep battle system with even more complex stat upgrades. Your characters can literally take on hundreds of combinations of skills and abilities.
9. Guitar Hero – Live your rock and roll dreams in Guitar Hero. Use a real guitar controller to play all your favorite rock ballads and guitar solos. Hours of songs to play, multiple difficulty levels for even master players, and a song list with tons of classics. This game is great for casual players because it is so easy to pick up, but will keep you coming back with the steady increase in difficulty.
8. Katamari Damacy – A very strange premise, but very fun game. Roll a ball around a level. Smaller objects get stuck to the ball making it bigger, then you can roll over bigger objects. You have to grow your ball to a certain size to clear every level. Tons of replayability, random and funny cut-scenes, and solid game play make this a very unique but great game for the PlayStation 2.
7. Ico – The game didn’t sell very well, but has great story, good puzzle design, and environments that make you forget you are playing a game sometimes. You play as a boy who is destined to be sacrificed to appease the Gods. He must make his way through the world and solve puzzles or face his grim fate.
6. Kingdom Hearts – Square Enix combines the Final Fantasy and Disney characters into one role playing adventure. You play as Sora but fight along side Donald and Goofy and meet Ariel, Aladdin, and other great Disney characters along the way. Kingdom Hearts is great for RPG fans and fun for Disney fans too. You will love all the cameos from the Disney movies and cartoons.
5. Metal Gear Solid 2 – The sequel to Metal Gear Solid for the original Playstation. Play as Solid Snake as tries to stop a resistance group from gaining control of a high-tech weapon. Unlike other action games, you have to use stealth and planning to get through the game. You can just kill everything. In-depth story and great cinematics help solidify its place in the top ten.
4. Grand Theft Auto III – The smash hit that went on to create it’s own genre. In GTA 3, you can do almost anything you want. Want to follow the story, go ahead. Just want to steal cars and get into police chases, you can do that too. It led to multiple sequels and countless copycat games and helped spark the massive success of the PlayStation 2 during its first year.
3. Resident Evil 4 – Originally released as a Gamecube game, Resident Evil 4 for PlayStation 2 has all the same features plus more levels. Its an action packed, heart pounding horror game as Leon tries to save the President’s daughter. With a 95% review score from gamerankings.com it is the best reviewed PS2 game of all time.
2. Gran Turismo 3 – Hands down the best racing simulator. Gran Turismo 3 is a realistic racing game with real cars, real tracks, and real life attributes for all of them. Racing a VW Bug will feel different than racing a Corvette. Different acceleration, speed, and handling for each car and track. And I didn’t even mention the impressive graphics yet. If you love cars, this is the best racing game you can get.
1. God of War – Great graphics, epic story, nearly perfect controls. This is the best game on PlayStation 2 and one of the better games released the past generation. Play as Kratos as he makes his way through ancient Greece fighting mythological creatures and using his fallen foes powers to vanquish future enemies. A best seller, highly reviewed, and all around great game.
If any of these games aren’t in your PlayStation 2 collection you should buy them. All ten games of these games are great gaming experiences that every gamer should experience.
Copyright (c) 2007 JJ Hendricks
Source by JJ Hendricks
Because it’s easier to find or design a house plan for a given lot rather than find a lot that suits a specific house plan, I recommend you buy your land first, before you acquire any plans.
A. Where You Need To Look For Land
Once you know the size home you’re going to build, you have an idea of where you should be looking for land. You want to build your home in an area where homes are of comparable size and value. In rural areas you will see all kinds of weird stuff. You’ll see a $600,000 home next to a $60,000 home or a mobile home next to an estate. As you get closer to a city or metropolitan area, you’re going to be regulated by zoning laws and/or covenants in a subdivision. These zoning laws and covenants will normally dictate the minimum size home you can build. Even in areas with no zoning requirements, the price of the land will determine the size home you will build. For example, you wouldn’t build a $50,000 home on a $200,000.00 lot. You could, but that wouldn’t be financially wise.
Note About The Appraised Value: If you are building a home for resale, you need to be acutely aware of what it will sell or appraise for in a given area – before you purchase the lot.
B. How To Find A Lot
1. Real estate agent or broker
In most cities a real estate agent or broker can provide you with a list of many available lots for sale in your area.
2. Local newspaper
Your local newspaper is a good source for locating lots for sale by an owner.
3. Free publications
There are free publications in many areas where individuals will list a lot for sale.
4. The Internet
The Internet is providing more and more bulletin boards where individuals can advertise a lot for sale.
5. Land Developer
You may be able to purchase a lot from a local land developer. If you do not know the difference between a builder and a developer, let me explain.
A developer is an individual who will buy raw land, clear it, install the sewer lines, gas lines, water lines, and streets, and then sell the developed lots to builders. Sometimes the developer is also the builder.
When the market is booming, a developer could go into a room full of builders and choose whom they will and will not sell to. But here’s the deal -the developer may require a chosen builder to purchase a minimum of five lots. The builder may want in the subdivision, but may not want to start five homes. You could ask this builder if he would sell you one of his lots. I have bought many lots from other builders this way. The only way you’re going to know if the developer or builder will sell is to ask! When the market is slow, most developers, anywhere in the country, would probably be more than happy to sell you a lot.
Source by Thomas R. Harrison