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Belongs in a museum
on 1 February 2018
The Bass Tab White Pages is so named because it resembles an old-fashioned telephone directory. This comparison works on a number of levels:
1. It's physically the same size and weight of an old Yellow Pages, and printed on the same kind of cheap thin paper.
2. Like a Yellow Pages, it's not the kind of thing you carry with you. Rather, it's something you pull out of the bookshelf when you want to look something up.
3. Like the Yellow Pages, it's been made largely obsolete by the Internet.
Contained within the tissue-like pages are transcriptions of 200 songs. It's a fine selection of classic bangers, I say classic because all the songs are from before the turn of the century.
Every song has bass tabs, musical notation, lyrics and chords, making it a very good reference for learning songs. However, the songs often span multiple pages and the book is far too bulky to sit on a music stand, so the book is fairly impractical for playing along to. The cheap paper also occasionally hampers legibility (is that tab a "-3-" or an "-8-") and you can look forward to ripping paper as you clumsily flip pages. This is not a book you can put in your gig bag and bring along to rehearsal.
Ten years ago this book would have gotten 5 stars, but the world has moved on since then. We have tablet devices, digital sheet music and free tabs on the Internet, not to mention ten more years of music history. Bass Tabs White Pages was good at the time, but now it is a curious relic of a bygone age.