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State of the Game Tabs Address

All corniness aside, I just wanna let you all know what's going on with the site these days.

Things are just dandy really. The community is growing, people are submitting tabs left and right and a lot really fine work has been coming from you guys in the past few months. And we are almost at 1,000 tabs! I'll have to throw a party when that happens.

I plan to improve some things in the near future though. First off let me just say I am totally jealous of OCReMix. I love how they organize their remixes as well as all the other content on that site. I plan to organize this site in the same way that they do, and I think I've figured out how to do it given the resources at my disposal (I'm not a software engineer, unlike OCReMix's founder). So expect, for example, the tabber and composer pages to be far more detailed than just a gigantic list on one page.

Along with this organizational change will come a stylistic change. I'm going to work on a more unique layout that will integrate all parts of the site much better. I wanna make the forum and the main site basically one, so that you couldn't really tell the difference between them too much. I just want to have an all around better looking and better working site.

So those are my future plans as far as the infrastructure of the site goes. Nothing major like the upgrades I made last fall, basically just aesthetic changes. Don't expect this to happen terribly soon, I'm just giving a heads up to you all.

Last thing, the Winter Themes Project. I know I announced that ages ago but I wanna finally get that rolling. I'm gonna set a firm deadline for the last day of February, February 29th (leap year FTW). For those that don't know yet, I'd like to receive submissions from you all for songs that are related to winter. Go here for more information.

GTYNP: Link's Awakening - Koholint Island

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If you ask me, Zelda tabs are over played. If you look at the most popular tabs you'll find Zelda tab after Zelda tab, most of which consists of just a few notes while other really great tabs languish in obscurity. Hence why I was so surprised to find this little gem. This week's great tab you've never played is a Stamen47 Zelda tab that has been largely overlooked.

I usually stray from playing duets. It's hard enough to find a good enough guitarist let alone a good enough guitarist that is interested in videogame music. But the first guitar in this tab is strong enough to be played on its own. I use it as a warm up piece as it's a good work out for both right and left hands. Incredible job Stamen. I'd love to see a true solo arrangement! TAB MIDI

GTYNP: Metroid - Kraid's Lair

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I love it when someone classically arranges a song that you wouldn't possibly imagine being classically arranged otherwise. Ron's Kraid's Lair tab is the perfect example of this. There are several other tabs for this song on this site intended for electric guitar, and it has been recorded many times other by video game music cover bands in a clear rock style. But this song in my opinion sounds wonderful when played classically. Enjoy it.

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GTYNP: Super Mario RPG: Forest Maze

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Again proving that a lot of good stuff came out of the Shimomura project this week's "Great Tabs You've Never Played" is cgseth's entry from said project the Forest Maze from Super Mario RPG.

A very nice small piece that if you didn't tell the listener wouldn't sound out of place with some minor mid 20th century composers such as Tedesco, Ponce and others. A very charming piece and a very good arrangement. Great job cgseth!

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GTYNP: Xenosaga - Shion: Past Memory

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This arrangement is absolutely insane and I don't understand why it hasn't received more attention. It starts off very slow and relaxed and seems like it'll be smooth sailing the whole way through. But it suddenly springs into a epic maelstrom of pitched sound. It's a torrent of quickly picked chords not for the feign of heart. Difficult, but very fun to play. It's also very creative as far as guitar arrangements go, something Kabukibear has been known for.

Open challenge to the community: if anyone submits a complete and well played recording of this song, I will personally send you a copy of any Xenosaga game of your choice.

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GTYNP: Legend of Mana: Pain in the Universe

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This week's Great Tab You've Never Played comes from Gametab's founder Archard. His arrangement of Legend of Mana's "Pain in the Universe" was done for the Yoko Shimomura project.

Usually I don't play rock arrangements but I've been using this as a good warm up piece. Residing in the higher registers of the guitar this is a good challenge without being overly difficult. Good job archard.

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GTYNP: Seiken Densetsu 3 - Innocent Sea

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Seiken Densetsu 3Most people don't know it, but Seiken Densetsu 3 is actually the sequel to Secret of Mana. It was only released in Japan however, and the game is relatively unknown anywhere else. My favorite song from this game (and one of my favorite video game songs in general) is Innocent Sea. Unlike previous GTYNP's, this is not a classical style tab. It's probably geared more toward electric, but can also be played on an acoustic. I love the constant tremolo in the background, and the overall melancholy mood of the song. All three guitars go very well together, and it's very fun to play with a friend or two.

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GTYNP: Dark Cloud 2: Time of Separation

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This week's Great Tab You've Never Played comes to us from Dark Cloud 2 in the form of ajrock2000's arrangment of "Time of Separation". which can be found here.

Usually I go for the big complicated pieces, but this piece is short, nice and simple. Very reminiscent of many guitar pieces for beginners. But don't let that turn you off. It's definetly a nice little piece to have in your pocket. Great job ajrock, hope to see a lot more stuff from you in the future.

Everyone keep on contributing. We'll see you at next week's GTYNP.

 
 
 
 
 

GTYNP: Wrecking Crew - Title Theme

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Wrecking CrewThis week's Greatest Tab You've Never Played comes from the 1985 game "Wrecking Crew" for the NES, which I had never even heard of before the tab was submitted. I am a big fan of swing pieces, and this is a great example of one. It was arranged by Kabukibear about 6 months ago, and never received any attention from the community.

Like last week's GTYNP, this piece can stand on its own, even if you've never heard of the game. It's a somewhat difficult piece to play because of the timing. But if you can get it down it's one of the most fun tabs to play on the entire site due to its very cheerful mood and swing feel.

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Great Tabs You've Never Played: Secret of Monkey Island Intro

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It seems that when it comes to videogame tabs so much of it comes to nostalgia. The tabs that are the most popular aren't necessarily the best, they're popular because the game they're from is popular. This leaves a slew of really great guitar tabs out there that remain unplayed because the game they're based on isn't as popular as Final Fantasy or Zelda. So we're starting a weekly article to get some more recognition for these great but often ignored tabs.

This week's GTYNP is Stamen47's fine arrangment of the intro to Secret of Monkey Island available here