The books we buy

Are the song books that are sold, I.E. say the Beatles one I bought, the genuine chords as written by the band themselves, does anyone know?

Thanks. :slight_smile:

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Unless it’s been created by the original artist, then its only ever going to be somebody’s opinion about what notes were played. I’ve found the album books that I bought years ago that were released along with the album to be more accurate than books with an assortment of songs. But again its best to use them as a starting point and watch a video or two of the musician playing them, watching their hands and using your ears to figure it out.

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Thanks James.

I’ve bought a few. Some are a complete works (chords only) and some are I guess the original ones that have been released alongside the album.

I was curious because I thought they were maybe as they were written by the band and I’ve started to relearn songs I had learnt Justin’s way but now I know they are not (the complete work ones) I’ll not bother.

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No worries Stefan.

It could be a good exercise to watch and listen to a few YouTube videos of the band performing the songs and see what observations you make on the chords being played, embellishments and the various strumming patterns throughout the songs.

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Probably better to use a service like Justin’s TABs, since they are licensed “official” tabs they are probably the most accurate you’re going to get. Even those though I feel like I remember Justin mentioning that they aren’t quite right.

Justin’s better than most at transcribing so I’d trust him over other authors of random books though.

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I don’t know for sure… however I’m convinced that most of the music/chord books for sale are transcribed by others. Even Justin’s licensed tabs.

Some of the songs I’ve learned I’ve found conflicting tabs, so I go look for live videos of the original artists. More often than not Justin’s lesson’s are the most accurate. Not always though!

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I think frequently its a bit of a pig in a poke. I’ve bought loads of “official” songbooks over the years and the accuracy varies. I doubt many were written by the artist or taken from the original scores. Some Hal Leonard publications have chunks missing for example. I have a couple of their Iron Maiden collections and solo are often incomplete. Other publisher have put out some accurate “album” books but I’ve lost confidence in anything from HL. I have a huge Beatles song book that all looks pretty good. Staind Break The Cycle and Metallica’s Black Album again good. So to me its a bit hit and miss but as was said earlier its often a starting point to explore further.

My 2 cents

:sunglasses:

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Learned something new about you Toby, not sure why but I didn’t expect you were a Staind fan.

Back catalogue Its Been A While and Outside😎

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Thank you everyone for your thoughts. I think I’ll watch videos and last week I signed up to Justin’s tabs, so I think I’ll stick with these two ways and take them as gospel.