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Re: tab snob alert!!!!!!!!!!

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Posted by paige on May 18, 2000 at 07:35:05:

In Reply to: Re: tab snob alert!!!!!!!!!! posted by Ed on May 17, 2000 at 14:05:48:

: PAIGE - I mean it sounds so reasonable, "just another tool to be used". But, to me, it's like trying to find a rock to tie to a stick when you've got a hammer right there in the box. It's not that hard to learn to read music (as I'm sure you can attest), so I'm not sure what a player can gain by NOT doing it. This buddy of mine, really good jazz guitarist, recently finished a METALLICA book for Hal Leonard publishers. Now he took alla the parts of the records and alla the solos etc and transcribed them and then the publisher had the transcriptions converted to tab CAUSE THAT'S EASIER TO DO than tab to notation. Plus, you see who got the gig to do the book, right? The guy who could read and write.

: WORLD AT LARGE - You don't want to learn to read, fine. I probably will never lose a gig to you.

Ha! I would really like to get to know you - you are a trip. I appreciate your comments, I really do. I have also taught for a number of years - not just bass, either, and I have found that people learn differently. Some people get to the same goal differently. Some (like myself)learned to read notation, and from there I learned licks (I read the notation transcribed from my favorite artists). Some folks learned licks and tunes by listening first, learning by ear, and then they would see the music for what they already know and make the jump in understanding.."Wow! So THAT'S what I have been playing looks like on paper!". But there are also a group of learners who are very visual, and learn best if they can see what it is they are learning. For folks like this, I think TAB is a good place to start... operative words - to start. They can see - without having a teacher to sit with - how a lick or scale or whatever lays out on the fretboard. But they can't stop there... once they are comfortable with the pattern, I can then take them to the sheet music to teach them that part of it. TAB is still an OK place to start, and there are folks to whom this is a good place to start. But it is not a end.

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