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well...I like tab because it is easy and quick to sightread. I actually prefer a combination of tab and music so I can see where the music is going easily and still be able to play it well.
 

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If people were flu-ent in both, Music would win 100% to Everyone. There is no possible way you could beat reading music with Tabs.

But since no many poeple learn to rea music, and tab is so easy to do for anyone tabs are more popular.

I prefer Tabs.. only because I am not flu-ent in reading music.
 

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I play by ear so I don't really know either. If I was going to learn I would learn to read music. One of the advantages of me learning would be for me to more easily communicate my original compositions to other musicians. If I showed a keyboard or horn player tab, they would just look at me funny.
 

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I voted tab because I don't know music notation...

I'm trying to learn music language now, but if I was to do it again, I would learn how to read music at an early age..
 

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I don't have the patience for either and I can't sight read any of it.

I work with people that read charts all the time and can walk in on any gig if the charts are supplied. I, on the other hand, have never played anything note for note in my entire life as I am 100% pure wanker.

I think all you real musicians that can read music and use correct musical terms are missing out on all the fun of saying things like "rig-a-dig-dig-dig-dig -- dig -- dig-- bug-a-dah--bug-a-dah" to get your point accross.
 

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I can,t read music so I just do it by ear, tab, word of mouth and / or someone showing me. Been Ok with that approach for over 30 years...
 

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Not necessarily, I know a lot of blues guys that incorporate small sweeps and fast licks (ie: repetitive pentatonic patterns) into their stuff.
 

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Tabs for sure, but im learning to read music in music class.
I'm helping a few other people so i'm still on the first page.

The first "song" is

on high E

0---1---3---0---1---3---0---1---3

and the next is

0---1---3---1---0---0---1---3---1---0
 

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2 Tab Or Not 2 Tab

i like them both. sometimes i learn a song from tab then listen to the recording of it lol. some times yes sometimes no lol. what is fun is to write your own stuff then change it to tab.:rockon2:
 

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Tab

For me, tab's the way to go. I have to think that for someone like me who is self taught largely via the internet, it has made me extremely lazy. Whatever you want it's out there in tab form. Except some really cool old Whitesnake. My Dad is a musician as are all his brothers. He plays fiddle and did not learn to read music till he was in his 50's. It's never too late, but when you haven't got alot of time (I have an almost 2 year old) the instant gratification of tabs will do for now.. I just keep in mind that it's never too late!
 

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I don't have the patience for either and I can't sight read any of it.

I work with people that read charts all the time and can walk in on any gig if the charts are supplied. I, on the other hand, have never played anything note for note in my entire life as I am 100% pure wanker.

I think all you real musicians that can read music and use correct musical terms are missing out on all the fun of saying things like "rig-a-dig-dig-dig-dig -- dig -- dig-- bug-a-dah--bug-a-dah" to get your point accross.
you sound like me. i dont even play a song the same way twice,(well not all of them)

jimmy
 

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Standard notation for me, though I can read tab. I started to read some music about the time I started to read English, so it goes back a long way. By the time I picked up guitar at 14, I had been playing piano and singing seriously for years. Since I was 14 in 1972, commercially available tab was rare and unknown to me, I naturally didn't know there was an alternative. Armed with piano lesson books, some Segovia stuff, and a piano bench full of music, I taught myself. Dad was a composer, so he could answer my theory questions (or lead me to the answers, he was good at that) and tell me if I was messed up.

It's all good. It's a matter of what you need from music, what you want to do with it, how you need to communicate, and how much you want to know.

Reading music is good for me, even though it never helped me get the chicks.

Peace, Mooh.
 
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