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"Why it is so pleasant to listen to video game guitar covers?" by Jone Ruiz

I have been doing video game guitar covers for years, and there is something that always comes to me while listening: nostalgia. Yes, nostalgia is the biggest reason why I make the arrangements. It first started as an experiment. Maybe, something to attract people to listen to my classical music (which never happened). But with time, I just fell in love with creating and sharing it with many people of the same music taste. So I decided to upload to YouTube every week, and it all started with this video. Yes, I love Zelda music, and I get the most nostalgia from this video game. Many memories of watching my brother playing the games. Music impacts our lives and daily undertakings in many incredible ways.

What is the process I use to create the covers?

I always wanted to do covers before, but it seemed too complicated. I thought that it was impossible. I would watch the piano covers, and I would think the guitar was too limited to do it. Then, I discovered Super Guitar Bros videos, and man, I was amazed (check out Sam Griffin covers!). Years later, I decided to upload on YouTube, and that was the moment I got a mentality that I use even today. And it is the following "I'm going to create this cover even if it takes years." What I mean by this is that once I begin to create an arrangement, it doesn’t matter how long it takes. I'm going to finish it. It doesn't matter if I have to do it little by little, note by note. I'm going to do it.

I use many ways to create arrangements, and I'm going to explain them very briefly. First, I look for score music, and I make some changes with a music program. In this, I used Sibelius, but you can use other software. Most of the time, I change the bass clef to treble clef. After this, I change keys If I have to. For example, most of the music sounds the best on the guitar on E, G, D, and A major or in a, e, or b minor. The second option would be to try to create the arrangement from a piano score without change it. This process would be slower than the first one. Lastly, I would create the cover by ear. Here I would do note by note. I would slow the video on youtube most of the time and repeat a section like 100 times until I get the right notes and harmony. This process is challenging, but it works well. An important key: always find the bass and melody first. Then after that, you can add the other notes. Remember, it is your cover, and you can do it your way. It doesn't need to sound identical to the original music.

Why is this music so pleasant to our ears?

Well, the magic comes from nostalgia. Yes, it is somewhere in your childhood memories. Do you remember the hidden chest that you or your brother found after hours of searching? Or even the first time you heard the intro or also the end of the game? Or better yet, that time that you stopped in the same spot just that you could listen to the music. I do remember like yesterday. And when it comes to guitar, there is something special about plugging the strings and the ability to hear an instrument that can sound like a piano. Or if you like to listen to it on an electric guitar in a metal version. Also, the beauty is that a guitar many times is not that expensive, and we have tabs. And yes, the ability to learn your favorite songs with tabs makes things even better. Reading tabs is easier than sheet music. I began to play guitar with tabs more than 20 years ago. All thanks to pages like Here you can find an extensive collection of your favorite video game music.

Here is my favorite video game cover with the tabs that I uploaded to I hope you enjoy it!

Jone Ruiz

Heartwood: A Video Game Music Tribute to Rainforest Trust Charity Album

Pixel Mixers partnered with GameGrooves for Heartwood, a charity album in support of Rainforest Trust. For those who don’t know, Rainforest Trust is a US-based nonprofit environmental organization focused on the purchase and protection of tropical lands to strategically conserve threatened species. Heartwood features 15 tracks from 24 artists, including video game covers from Chrono Trigger, Octopath Traveler, Trials of Mana, Xenoblade Chronicles, Final Fantasy X and more.

(100% of all proceeds will support Rainforest Trust)

Discord Server Migration + Forum issues

Hey everyone happy 2021 !
Tho I have some "bad" news.
Been trying to get some sense of community back into Gametabs but it fails to work.
People who've been active on the forum during the golden age have left the video games music thing or don't really enjoy Discord.
And the new forum suffers from bugs that I personally can't fix (i can't even login anymore...)

So for those of you who are interested in being part of a very active video games cover/remix community I'd like to start a "migration" toward the Pixel Mixers Discord, which is a community that i'm also managing. This won't change ANYTHING about the main website itself!

The PM discord features bunch of stuff, that actually originally started on Gametabs 6 years ago:
- Monthly VGM Cover contest + annual championship
- Organization of tribute albums to our favourite OST
- Rooms to share your cover/remixes/arrangements and original creations
- Rooms to talk about gear, to get help on your mix or transcription
- Rooms to talk about movies, anime and gaming
+ a new room added to plug your tabs once approved on gametabs and that features collection of resources like tabs, sheets, midi...

So i hope to see you guys there, i will not close this discord directly, i'll give it time for a better transition.



Downloading files doesn't work on Tabs anymore

Hey guys, as you've probably noticed, newly submitted tabs doesn't allow you to download files, such as Guitar Pro etc.
I sadly do not know how to fix that issue...

So meanwhile don't hesitate to upload those on external websites and put a download link on your tab!

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