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Re: Lesson #6622 - Tabaholics Anonymous
6/19/2003 9:39 AM
Steve Suomu (680) wrote:
Here's another bit of information many people dont know, Tablature isnt a new system of music writing, it was first used for the lute and other early stringed instruments in the 16th-17th century. Instead of numbers, letters were used to represent the frets ( a-open string b-first fret etc..) and the rythym was placed on top of the lines. Because there were no recordings back then, your ability to read the rythyms was very important since most often you may not have heard the tune. Todays tabs rarely have rythym indicated, or if they do most dont pay attention to it.
Dont get me wrong... I do agree that sometimes playing a complex rythym by ear is a heck of a lot easier that trying to read it, but that shouldn't mean that we don't use every means avaliable to us in our leaning of a tune.
Hey, we have two legs don't we? And we don't hop on one leg everywhere we go.....