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FATpick is a smart tablature viewer that provides real-time feedback on your accuracy and timing as you play along with a real guitar, bass or other instrument. The song library is virtually unlimited: You can add your own, custom tabs by importing songs in popular file formats like Guitar Pro, or choose from the growing list of songs already shared by others.

Today we've reached a notable milestone in the history of that shared catalog:

FATpick users have added more than 500 songs - nearly 2,300 playable tabs - to the public song library.[1]

This post contains some aggregated statistics about those first 500 songs.

Growth Rate

The shared catalog crossed the 500-song threshold just 67 days after the previous milestone of 400 songs: an average rate-of-growth of just over 1.5 songs per day (and just under 2.5 new playable tabs per day).

When private (non-shared) songs are included, a total of 163 songs (and 241 tabs) were added over this same period: a growth rate of 2.4 new songs and 3.6 new playable tracks added per day on average.

Number of Playable Tabs per Song

Each song in FATpick includes more than one track - music for different instruments or parts of the song. This includes at least one "playable tab" (guitar, bass, and other parts that have been transcribed for tablature) as well as any audio-only backing tracks that are not suitable to display as tablature (typically percussion tracks, including the generated metronome track that is automatically added to each song).

Most songs in FATpick include more than one tab track - lead and rhythm guitar, bass guitar, vocals transcribed for guitar, etc. - that can be viewed and performed in the tab player. The toggle buttons found in the track mixer panel is used to select the specific part that you wish to view and perform. The track mixer can also be used to adjust the audio settings - voice and volume - of all the tracks in the song, including tab parts and audio-only backing tracks like percussion.

The following chart illustrates the distribution of tab tracks within the first 500 shared songs.

Distribution of Playable Tab Count per Song
Number of Playable Tabs per Song
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As seen in the chart:

  • Most songs contain between 1 and 4 tabs: nearly 70% of the catalog is covered by the first four bars.

  • The most common scenario - just over 20% of all cases - is 3 tabs per song. This makes sense in that, anecdotally at least, lead/rhythm/bass and voice/guitar/bass seem to be popular arrangements for songs in the catalog.

  • Single-tab songs are are close second however. Just under 20% of the songs currently shared in the public catalog contain a single tab track. (And hence more than 80% of the songs contain more than one playable tab.)

Note that these counts reflect only the distribution of playable tracks in each song. Each song has at minimum one additional track (the generated metronome track), and many have additional percussion or other non-tab tracks as well.

Instrument Type & Tuning

Almost every song in FATpick - over 96% of the shared songs - includes tabs for 6-string (or in some cases, 7-string) guitar. But it would be mistake to think of the library as guitar-specific. Other instrument types are also well represented. 65% of the songs in the catalog include bass tabs. And ukulele tabs are covered by a small number of songs (~3%) as well.

Most of the tab tracks are transcribed for the "standard" tuning - EADGBe for guitar, EADG for bass, gCEA/GCEA for ukulele - but a various alternative tunings can also be found. Collectively more than 30 different instrument-type and tuning combinations appear in the tabs in the public catalog. The following chart contains the break-down.

Distribution of Tracks by Instrument Type and Tuning
Track Instrument Type and Tuning
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Note that this chart represents the track-level distribution. Since multiple guitar tracks (e.g., rhythm and lead parts) are common, bass guitar tabs only represent approximately 20% of all tracks, but (as above) bass parts are available for nearly two-thirds of all songs.

Track Difficulty

FATpick automatically analyzes the complexity of each track in order to estimate the difficulty or level-of-skill required to play the corresponding tab. These metrics can be used to identify songs appropriate for your skill level and may influence the number of points you earn when playing a song in performance mode.

The chart below illustrates the distribution of difficulty ratings among the tracks currently found in the shared song library.

Distribution of Tracks by Estimated Tab Difficulty
Estimated Tab Difficulty by Track
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As might be expected, the bars in the chart reflect a normal distribution or "bell curve". The majority of the tracks - roughly 65% of the shared tabs - fall into the middle "intermediate" difficulty category. The immediately adjacent categories of "easy" and "advanced" difficulty account for approximately 28% of all tracks. And the extreme ends of the spectrum - tabs in the "beginner" and "expert" difficulty categories - represent a relatively small proportion (~7%) of the tracks in the public catalog.

Preview the Shared Library

The best way to experience these songs is to download the FATpick app itself, where you can quickly and easily search, sort and filter the songs along several dimensions and explore the tabs in an animated, interactive player that's synchronized with customizable audio for each track.

If you would like a preview of the songs that are available however, you can search FATpick's public catalog online and even view a basic (plain-text) but complete rendition of all the playable tabs in each song.

Footnote 1: Since songs can be made private or even deleted by the original importer after being added, technically well over 500 songs have been added over time, but the net size of the public catalog (excluding songs that were subsequently unshared or removed) has just now crossed the 500-song threshold.
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