HOTTTABS is a web-application created during the Music Hack Day London 2010 event.

NEW! Live instance is now available here .


If you fancy giving someone a surprise by playing a guitar song but lack inspiration, then HOTTTABS is the tool you need ! HOTTTABS will crawl the web for you and retrieve the guitar tabs of the hottests songs of the moment according to their level of difficulty. You are really full of motivation but need a little help to know where to put your fingers on the neck before the performance, HOTTTABS also displays for you a collection of YouTube video tutorials from the song you have selected.

Main page

HOTTTABS uses Echo Nest's "hotttnesss" measure to obtain a selection of hottest artist and tunes you might like to learn to play on guitar. After a track has been selected, HOTTTABS looks into the YouTube database to get video tutorials of people playing the track, and our guitar tab web crawler to fetch the guitar tabs from as many guitar tab web sites as we can find. The guitar tabs are then clustered into three levels of difficulty (easy/medium/difficult) based on a statistical criterion computed from the tune's chords. It presents the tabs in a 3D-tag-cloud style so you can visualise the main chords used and the available tabs at your preferred level of difficulty.

Tab clouds


* Amélie Anglade (Idea for the original hack, Tab Clustering)
* George Fazekas (SAWA framework, Web Application)
* Mathieu Barthet (EchoNest API interface)
* Sefki Kolozali (YouTube API interface)
* Rob Macrae (Web Crawler)
* Rebecca Stewart (Logo Design)

HOTTTABS on the Music Hack Day wiki page