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

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Posted by Don on May 22, 2000 at 14:17:46:

In Reply to: Re: tab snob alert!!!!!!!!!! posted by phairis on May 18, 2000 at 13:34:04:

: : Not to interrupt your little tete-a-tete, here, guys, but I think that tabs, while they are somewhat useful, are even more destructive. A couple of years ago when I first started playing, I would learn by ear, and then I moved on to learning by tab. However, unless I already knew the song halfway by ear anyway, I coulnd't get the phrasing or anything. You CAN'T sightread tab. Now, I've switched to learning notation. I know all the notes, because I play several other instruments, but now I have to relearn which fret and which string is which note, etc. I wish I had started out this way, and for any beginner, I urge you to start out that way too.

With your forebearance, gentlemen, a word from the snob. Without disputing any of Paige's argument, the following is also true. Conventional notation is the agreed, universal vocabulary of musicians. A harpist and a trombonist can look at each other's music and know how it will sound. Then a group wants to pass themselves off as musicians without doing the hard work, and they create a vocabulary that is of no use to anyone else, and which is sadly limited in the amount of information it can convey; it's like an alphabet with 10 letters. But like connect-the-dot drawing and color-by-numbers, it will enable a mechanic to appear to be an artist (in this case, a musician). But there's a price to be paid, as Phairis has observed. And if the shoe fits...(and I don't mean you, Paige, so relax.)

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