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Lesson #6622 - Tabaholics Anonymous

Steve Suomu (680)

Open Guitar Forum · 6/11/2003 12:48 PM
Excellent article Scott. I have the same disscussion with my students as well. Tab is a tool but almost everyone uses it as a crutch. I have made it a habit of writting out songs in standard notation only ( melody lines of easy songs ie Blink 182, GreenDay..etc and ) and make my students learn that way. Often I will not even tell them what song it is so they need to rely only on what I've taught them. If i have done my job right they have no problem.

Keep up the good articles
Steve Suomu
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Re: Lesson #6622 - Tabaholics Anonymous

6/17/2003 5:47 PM

Scott Olson (60) wrote:

Thanks,
I expected many hostile responses.
Oly

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Re: Lesson #6622 - Tabaholics Anonymous

6/17/2003 6:22 PM

Gary Pipes (2572) wrote:

Your points are well taken. I know a lot of guitar players - that's what they are. I know some musicians that happen to play guitar. And I know some enormously talented musicians that understand theory and read music and are just killer guitarists like Clint Strong. For some people knowing a few chords and songs is enough for them. It all depends on what you want (and talent.)

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Re: Lesson #6622 - Tabaholics Anonymous

6/17/2003 7:24 PM

Inactive Member wrote:

Everything must be put into perspective. Tab is an excellent learning tool and should be understood as such. The real problem is found in communication with non guitar playing musicians

Now here is a knock on standard notation (sort of) Much of todays music is not readily available in standard notation, therefor, the modern musician must develop his ear to function effectively in the realm of modern music.

These things must work in concert. An ability to read and comprehend standard notation and rhythmic values is only half of the picture. Without the skill to transcribe sound, you will be severely impaired.

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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.....
Steve