I couldn’t find this question, or explination, anywhere else in the forum. Bass tabs are very hard to come by. Can it be that buying piano music, and transposing the Bass Staff to tab, is the answer? I still have a ways to go on sight reading notation. But taking my time, I could create tabs from piano music, if that really is that simple.


There are tons of bass tabs online.

Here are a few examples:


You can do that but be sure to raise the bass staff up one octave for the electric bass. I do that frequently, although I write in standard notation since I don’t play tab.


Tabs are positioned and string specific form of sheet. It can depends on the player’s preference

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I wouldn’t call it “transposing”, more like “translating”, as the two are very different systems.

Tab often doesn’t have rhythmical information (although more modern tab do include most of it); and standard notation doesn’t suggest where to play a certain note on the fingerboard. So, if you translate one into the other, you often need to add extra/new information (that you might not have a priori).


This would depend on the kind of music you wanted to play.
If you wanted to learn cool classical pieces, this would work (Bach Inventions are highly recommended!!).
But for any pop/rock/jazz-related music, the bass of a piano score would not be the type of thing the actual bass player would play.
Most often the piano scores have a decent left hand accompaniment, but it will be littered with chords and all sorts of things specific to piano.

Obviously, I could be very wrong as I don’t know what scores you’re thinking of specifically, but as a general rule, piano-score-to-bass would yield some unsatisfactory results, methinks.


:100: - the bass part of a piano score is very rarely the bassline of a song. Usually it’s the left hand part of the melody’s arrangement.

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Bass tabs are very hard to come by.

Here are some of my favorite Youtube channels about bass tabs: