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Submission Guidelines (Updated October 20, 2014)

archard

Chairman of the board

Location: Boston

Joined: Jan 11 2007

Do Not Post Submissions In This Thread. Please Make A New Forum Topic

Before submitting your tab, make sure it adheres to the following:

  1. Your tab MUST be your own original work. This means that the actual writing out of the tab has to be done yourself. If your tab is based on someone else's work, you must have their permission!
  2. Your tab should look neat and present itself clearly. All tabs should look like a standard piece of tablature normally does. Here is an example of a single line from a standard piece of tablature:
    e---------------------------------------
    B---------------------------------------
    G---------------------------------------
    D--9-10-----12----------10-9-10---------
    A--------12----------------------12-12--
    E---------------------------------------

    The number of lines should match the number of strings on the instrument the tab represents, the lines should be preceded with the note of the open string (E for the 6th string, G for the 3rd string, for example), and the ends of each line should match up. If your tab is wider than 110 columns, you may be asked to edit it down to fit on the site.

  3. The top of your tab should contain some information about the tab, such as what song is it, what game is it from, who tabbed it and when was it tabbed. Typically the top will look something like this:
    Name of song
    Name of game
    Composer of song
    Name of tabber
    Date tab was made
  4. The tab must, of course, be accurate if it's a transcription.

Once your tab conforms to the above guidelines, take the following steps to submit it:

  1. Make a topic in the Submissions section titled "Name of Game - Name of Song", or something along those lines.
  2. Do not paste the tab in the body of the post, instead upload the tab somewhere and post a link to it. You can upload the tab wherever you want, but by default your account on gametabs.net comes with personal file storage. To upload a file to your personal file storage, follow these steps:
    1. When posting a new topic you should see a toolbar that looks like this:
    2. Click on the icon of the globe with a link in front of it (Insert/edit link).
    3. Click on the 'Browse' button to open your personal file browser.
    4. From there, click the 'Upload' button at the top of the browser
    5. Upload your file. A link on the bottom right of the browser should appear with the filename of the file you just uploaded. Click that to send it back to the editor. The file should appear in the Link URL box. Now type the name of the song in the Link Text box. Fill out the Link Title box with whatever you want; this is the text that appears after hovering over the link with your mouse. Click ok to insert the link into the post.
  3. If possible, also include a sound file to accompany your tab, such as a MIDI or MP3. Also if possible, please provide as much information about the song/game as possible, such as who composed the song or what console the game is from if it's an obscure game. Also, if your submission is fulfilling a request, please indicate that in your post.
  4. If you've completed all the above steps, submit the topic and one of our staff members will review the tab and put it up if we feel that it meets the requirements.

***Tabs with multiple files (e.g. Guitar Pro tabs)***

It's not uncommon that a tab will contain more than one file. This happens a lot when the tab is accompanied by non text files like Guitar Pro (.gp5), Power Tab (.ptb), or PDF files (.pdf). If this happens, please submit a ZIP file with all the included files in it PLUS another text file that shows exactly how you want the tab to be displayed on the site.

For example, if you submit a Guitar Pro tab with two tracks, you should submit a ZIP file that contains the .gp5 file, one .txt file for each track and one extra .txt with the entire tab as you want it to be displayed. Note that the extra file must adhere to the guidelines outlined in the first part of this post.

Tab Formatting

When posting text for a tab on the forum, create tab page, or comment use pre tags between the text.

<pre>text</pre>

Type those two tags and place your tab in the middle where it says text. This will format the tab evenly for readability.


Non-Game Music


The purpose of the Gametabs.net is to share songs made for video games; anything that was not made for a game unfortunately is not in the spirit of video game music (Japanese Anime being an exception). If you have something that was not made for a game check these forum threads for rules of what is acceptable for the main site and what should be posted in these threads.

Licensed & Public Domain
Western Film & TV
Vocaloid

Re: Submission Guidelines

karias

Location: Belle Vernon,PA

Joined: Sep 17 2007

i just tried submitting a tab via attachment and it says file to big,exceeds 265kb.
if thats the case then how are we suppose to attach a mp3?

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Re: Submission Guidelines

archard

Chairman of the board

Location: Boston

Joined: Jan 11 2007

Good question, how about you email me the mp3 and just attach the tab.

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Re: Submission Guidelines

karias

Location: Belle Vernon,PA

Joined: Sep 17 2007

already did it was the sonic and knuckles tabs i sent like right before the site was changed.

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Re: Submission Guidelines

archard

Chairman of the board

Location: Boston

Joined: Jan 11 2007

Could you resend the tabs, but this time save them as .txt files and attach them to the email? They show up all wrong when you paste them int the body of the email. I can't use them like that.

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Re: Submission Guidelines

karias

Location: Belle Vernon,PA

Joined: Sep 17 2007

i re-sent them yesterday,i remember i attached them as .txt files not into the body ut just incase yahoo messed up i made a .rar for each one.

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Re: Submission Guidelines

archard

Chairman of the board

Location: Boston

Joined: Jan 11 2007

Sorry man I don't see it in my inbox. It's not in my spam folder either. Try sending it again.

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Re: Submission Guidelines

karias

Location: Belle Vernon,PA

Joined: Sep 17 2007

ok i resent them from yahoo rather than the built in email thingy from opera.

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Re: Submission Guidelines

DarkDave64

Joined: Feb 20 2008

Hey, fellow guitarists. I'm a newb here, and I have no idea how everything works. My first, and most important question regards how to upload tabs.

Re: Submission Guidelines

archard

Chairman of the board

Location: Boston

Joined: Jan 11 2007

What don't you understand? Make a new thread and upload or link to the tab. There should be an upload attachment form below the posting box.

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Re: Submission Guidelines

DarkDave64

Joined: Feb 20 2008

So, we just write out the tab, and just post a link?

Re: Submission Guidelines

BluePhoenix

give me a dollar

Location: Earth, Universe A

Joined: Jan 21 2008

you seem to have some policy with plagierism(sp?), archard. You should probably include that in here as well.

Re: Submission Guidelines

archard

Chairman of the board

Location: Boston

Joined: Jan 11 2007

"BluePhoenix" posted:

you seem to have some policy with plagierism(sp?), archard. You should probably include that in here as well.

Well I assume if someone's going to submit a tab that it would be their own work. I suppose I should put that in the guidelines though to make it clear.

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Re: Submission Guidelines

irvoke123

Location: Helsinki, Finland

Joined: Apr 10 2008

Hi everyone! Yet again another n00b introducing himself (referring to myself here, that is =). I was just about to submit my first guitar tab until my eye was caught by BluePhoenix's notification about a plagiarism policy. Naturally, posting someone else's work and claiming it's yours is wrong, and against pretty much every forum's policies, but what about posting a tab made by someone else and making clear in the tab who made it?

Re: Submission Guidelines

archard

Chairman of the board

Location: Boston

Joined: Jan 11 2007

"irvoke123" posted:

Hi everyone! Yet again another n00b introducing himself (referring to myself here, that is =). I was just about to submit my first guitar tab until my eye was caught by BluePhoenix's notification about a plagiarism policy. Naturally, posting someone else's work and claiming its yours is wrong and against pretty much every forum's policies, but what about posting a tab made by someone else and making clear in the tab who made it?

I'll only take someone else's work if you make it clear who's tab it is AND you get permission from the person who tabbed it to use it.

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Re: Submission Guidelines

archard

Chairman of the board

Location: Boston

Joined: Jan 11 2007

Updated the submission guidelines, please read #4, #5 and #6.

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Re: Submission Guidelines

Mellotronremix

Joined: Jun 22 2008

What are the submission policies on original compositions (by others, not me), which have only a tenuous link to video games? The song I had in mind was submitted on Newgrounds but wasn't used in any flash games if I remember correctly.

Re: Submission Guidelines

archard

Chairman of the board

Location: Boston

Joined: Jan 11 2007

"Mellotronremix" posted:

What are the submission policies on original compositions (by others, not me), which have only a tenuous link to video games? The song I had in mind was submitted on Newgrounds but wasn't used in any flash games if I remember correctly.

I'm not sure what you mean... can you give me an example?

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Re: Submission Guidelines

Mellotronremix

Joined: Jun 22 2008

Well say someone who composes classical music uses Newgrounds simply as an outlet for his work. For example, this song: http://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen/151815

I've collected several nice sounding songs from the site and will start to transcribe them...sometime soon. This is mostly for my own enjoyment, but I'd be happy to upload them here if its fine.

Re: Submission Guidelines

archard

Chairman of the board

Location: Boston

Joined: Jan 11 2007

No, flash games don't count as 'video games' IMO. Feel free to post them on the forum somewhere, but I won't put them on the main site.

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Re: Submission Guidelines

atukomanga

Shiny/Glowy object collector

Location: Orlando, Florida, United States of America

Joined: Jun 13 2008

I was wondering if using the midi file to write out the tabs is ok. I got plenty of midis that I can run through Sonar and have tabbed. All I'd have to do is test them for playability, and possibly transpose them slightly, but would that be okay?

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ウイル ワツク フォオ アニメ クラツプ
Will Work for Anime Crap

Re: Submission Guidelines

archard

Chairman of the board

Location: Boston

Joined: Jan 11 2007

I don't mind if you use a MIDI to make the tab, but don't just run the MIDI through the program and leave it as is. Use the MIDI to figure out the notes, but the actual creation of the tab should be your work. In other words, make it playable and put your own stamp on it.

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Re: Submission Guidelines

atukomanga

Shiny/Glowy object collector

Location: Orlando, Florida, United States of America

Joined: Jun 13 2008

Yeah...I was planning on doing that. The decoder I use doesn't exactly know that fingers don't stretch the length of the neck. It once gave me a not structure something like this.

e---------------
B----------20-----
G----------3-----
D-------5--------
A-----16---------
E-1-8------------

because I was trying to tab a violin.

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ウイル ワツク フォオ アニメ クラツプ
Will Work for Anime Crap

Re: Submission Guidelines

archard

Chairman of the board

Location: Boston

Joined: Jan 11 2007

Added another rule saying the tab must be your own work.

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New Tab

spencer_001

Joined: Sep 09 2008

This is a Zelda tab. Zelda's Lullaby.

FILE: 970-Zeldas Lullaby.txt

Re: Submission Guidelines

archard

Chairman of the board

Location: Boston

Joined: Jan 11 2007

lol. lost?

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Re: Submission Guidelines

Binarynova

Location: Nevada

Joined: Nov 26 2007

This may seem silly but I want to make sure before I submit this one... do you need permission from the author of a tab if you based your tab off of their tab to start?

For example, I've just about finished a solo guitar arrangement of Ronfaure from Final Fantasy XI and I used Aaron Morison's four guitar transcription as an early base and then it sort of grew on its own from there. It has original sections (well, tabbed by ear), sections based on his tab, and sections that are somewhere inbetween. I've emailed him for permission (and I'm awaiting a response), but is this an example of a case where one would need permission, or are you simply trying to keep people from downloading someone else's tab from another site and submitting it here verbatim?

Thank you. I'm sure I'm just thinking too much and making this a bigger deal than it is. :p

Re: Submission Guidelines

archard

Chairman of the board

Location: Boston

Joined: Jan 11 2007

If you just based the tab off someone else's then you don't need to ask permission because it's still your work. However, you have to credit the person who's tab you used in your tab.

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Re: Submission Guidelines

sirorion4000

Mokona!!!!!

Location: Ontario, 2 hours from nowhere

Joined: Oct 05 2008

does this site accept gp5 files?

Re: Submission Guidelines

fartinyoface

Joined: Oct 08 2008

Hi. I posted a tab for "Zelda,song of time", but it didn't show up. what did I do wrong?

Re: Submission Guidelines

Jinx

Joined: Oct 14 2008

My apologies, I'm trying to submit a tab but I don't see an attachment button on the post new thread page. Is there something I'm doing wrong?

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Re: Submission Guidelines

hslesperance

Location: Walpole, MA

Joined: Aug 10 2008

You have to go to File Browser under My Account. Then you click on the Upload button and browse for whatever it is you are attaching. Then when you create a new forum topic click on the Insert/edit link button and you can browse any files you have uploaded.

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Re: Submission Guidelines

hslesperance

Location: Walpole, MA

Joined: Aug 10 2008

Archard, what is your stance on tabs from sheet music. I noticed a few people lately that have been making their tabs using piano sheet music. Is that okay.

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Re: Submission Guidelines

Exonence

Joined: Jul 05 2008

Hey guys, need some help.
So I have the tab and such ready to go, but I can't see the upload file tab. There's insert pictures and links and blah blah, but no upload file tab.
Help?

Re: Submission Guidelines

hslesperance

Location: Walpole, MA

Joined: Aug 10 2008

Exonence,

You have to go to File Browser under My Account. Then you click on the Upload button and browse for whatever it is you are attaching. Then when you create a new forum topic click on the Insert/edit link button and you can browse any files you have uploaded. Copy the file from the Link URL box and paste it into the Link Text and Link Title box. Now the link should be in all three boxes. Just hit OK and Save.

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Re: Submission Guidelines (updated 12/29/08)

archard

Chairman of the board

Location: Boston

Joined: Jan 11 2007

I've just revised and updated the submission guidelines. Please read them if you haven't done so already.

There's also an explanation of how to use the file browser (with pretty pictures). Hopefully this clears up any questions.

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Re: Submission Guidelines (updated 12/29/08)

zio

Joined: Jan 03 2009

How do you update your tab without uploading a completely new one?

Re: Submission Guidelines (updated 12/29/08)

Crowman121

Location: Philadelphia, Pa,

Joined: May 11 2008

is there any other pages where i can find a link to that youtube to mp3 converter that used to be here, i never saved the link in my favorites. :P

Re: Submission Guidelines (updated 12/29/08)

hslesperance

Location: Walpole, MA

Joined: Aug 10 2008

It was called Vid2MP3 I think. Media Converter is better though http://www.mediaconverter.org/

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Re: Submission Guidelines (updated 12/29/08)

Crowman121

Location: Philadelphia, Pa,

Joined: May 11 2008

hey thanks a lot hslesperance, this was a good website

Re: Submission Guidelines (updated 12/29/08)

smiley

shadock number zo zo bu zo meu ga

Location: Laputa

Joined: Jul 04 2008

I followed all the steps:
But the tab link doesnt seem to work :(
It doesnt even show on the post!
Help please!

Re: Submission Guidelines (updated 12/29/08)

Knightmare58687

Joined: Feb 12 2009

I appologise for asking this, but when I press upload when trying to make a link to a document, it says the supported file types, even when I save it as one of them. Could you please help me?

Re: Submission Guidelines (updated 12/29/08)

leoppassion

Joined: Apr 29 2009

Never mind!! Thanks hslesperance!!

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Re: Submission Guidelines (updated 12/29/08)

pedroZ

Pedro Contero

Location: Mexicali B.C

Joined: Apr 25 2009

***has been banned***

Re: Submission Guidelines (updated 12/29/08)

hslesperance

Location: Walpole, MA

Joined: Aug 10 2008

pedroZ, this is the submissions guidelines page, to submit a tab please create a new forum topic in the submissions section. Also fix the note value markings on your tab so they line up with the notes and upload the tab as a text file.

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submission

kartmen

Joined: Aug 11 2009

hey all, I have a question about posting a tab. I have revised an existing tab which was originally posted by someone else. I found mistakes when trying to play it so I changed it to a more correct form. Do I have to ask the original person if I can post it? I really just want everyone to have access to the correct tablature, not trying to get credit for it or anything.

You can always post the

SpiderTemplarius

Music hunger

Location: Poland

Joined: Oct 22 2008

You can always post the corrected part in comments section.

Is there a way to delete my

Yokatsui

Location: Arlington, Texas

Joined: Mar 15 2009

Is there a way to delete my uploaded tabs? Or edit it at least.

Re: Is there a way to delete my

archard

Chairman of the board

Location: Boston

Joined: Jan 11 2007

Yokatsui said

Is there a way to delete my uploaded tabs? Or edit it at least.

To delete a tab, let a moderator know and they will do it for you. To edit it, post the edited version in the same thread you used to post the original and a moderator will update it for you.

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The legend of zelda ocarina of time: Prelude of light

Joined: Dec 31 1969

e-----------------------------------------------
B-3---3---0-------3---3---0---------3-3-2-------
G---2---2---3-------2---2---3-------------------
D-----------------------------------------------
A-----------------------------------------------
E-----------------------------------------------

Re: The legend of zelda ocarina of time: Prelude of light

auriplane

Joined: Sep 06 2008

See . . . see the submission guidelines thread . . .

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