TabBank lets you generate instant guitar tabs


In the days before electronic music, musicians used to have to play things called “guitars.” There are very few players left among us with the skills necessary to play this seemingly lost instrument but programmer Chris Ladd hopes to resurrect the so-called “git-fiddle” with modern technology.

Ladd, a former programmer for the New York Times, created TabBank, a surprisingly elegant tool for producing tablature for the guitar. Tablature is a notation system that simplifies songs down to their chords (“Joe [D] loves [G] corn [D]”). There are a number of ways to write this kind of tab and the files are popular with guitarists. With tabs you can easily play almost any song or use tools like Riffstation to follow along with popular songs.

Ladd’s tool is quite simple: you…

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