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

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Posted by paige on May 22, 2000 at 15:11:26:

In Reply to: Re: tab snob alert!!!!!!!!!! posted by Don on May 22, 2000 at 14:17:46:

: 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.)

I guess I have given the wrong impression, and in reading back thru the messages, I concede that I did not communicate well. I agree that reading standard notation is where we need to go as musicians. The only point I wanted to make (and apparently did a poor job of it) was that as a teacher I have noticed people learn differently. TAB is a simple visual way to picture how a lick lays out on the fretboard. But... if a person stops at TAB, proceeding no further in his/her musical knowledge, they so severely limit themself. I would not mind a student of mine learning a lick from TAB, but I would demand he/she tell me why that lick works within a C6/9 chord, for instance. I would also demand that they take this visual representation of this lick and transcribe it into standard notation. Why? Because as it has been stated - standard notation is the musician's "language" and if we, as bassists, wish to communicate with horn players, or keyboard players (or any other musical discipline), we need to use standard notation. TAB has a place... a simple, narrow place... but a place. I would have to agree with the mechanic/artist picture. I am not upset not have I ever been offended by any comments on this string of messages. It is just that I have seen TAB used to get a beginning player excited because on his own in a short amount of time he plays something he has heard on the radio or a CD. I then will take him to the theory of why the lick works, and then to what it looks like on paper.
Anyway... I'm beating a dead horse. I appreciate everyone's comments.

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