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Posted by paige ( on February 01, 2004 at 23:35:25:

In Reply to: Help? posted by Matt Oldach on February 01, 2004 at 22:22:22:

Personally, I don't see what the problem with learning how to read standard notation. Granted, most of us don't get alot of gigs that require much reading, but if you can't read, you DEFINITELY can count yourself out of those jobs. I understand your frustration with reading piano music (alot of notes!). but single lines of music on bass are not that hard. Also - at the very least, be able to understand how to work off of a lead sheet (melody, chords, words). This allows you to do what you are already probably pretty good at - making up bass lines, but here they are based on the chords you see on the lead sheet. There are alot of playing situations that require at least that level of reading ability. Tablature has a limited purpose - a graphical view of someones ideas of where to put the notes of a lick or licks on the fretboard. They don't tell you what fingers to use, time signatures, rests etc, as you have mentioned. I hae yet to go on a call where tab was used. Lead sheets are the norm around here.

: Hey ive been playing bass for quite a few years now ive played in many bands(bassist,vocals). I have played piano before and very much dislike the sheet music. (Took me 5 years to get fairly good at reading it, and mostly i would memorize the song after a while. Took me a while to find which note it was. So when i started playing bass guitar i said screw sheet music and now i only play tabs. The only part that makes me mad is tabs lack time signatures. Lengths, rests and all the other things required for TIMING!!!. First of all why the hell don't people add rests? i mean its just a little z or a heavy or light box and such would it kill them to add it? or is there a certain reason for this mindless stupidity? I guess the second question would be since im very involved in the music industry and were trying to get signed (the band) would it be worthwhile for me to learn sheet music? Or can i slip through the rest of my career without so much as looking at another stupid o with a tail?

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