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

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Posted by Ed on May 25, 2000 at 13:29:40:

In Reply to: Re: tab snob alert!!!!!!!!!! posted by Ian on May 24, 2000 at 19:20:24:

Not to denigrate ANY of the work you have put in on the instrument (after all I didn't start playing until I was 15 or 16 and certainly wasn't serious about it for at least a year). BUT at some point in time ya gotta realise that the stuff that you find hard to do is the stuff you need to work on if you wanna make progress. If it were easy, everybody would do it. As to some specifics (and again this is why I feel tab is useless) that note being flatted at the beginning of the staff gives you two pieces of information:1.that note is supposed to be played flat EVERY time you see it (unless it has a natural sign in front of it) and 2. even more important, it's the KEY SIGNATURE for whatever the piece of music you are reading and that gives you all the information you need to determine chord function, available notes for ANY chord in the piece. If I see a tab that tells me to put my fingers on the 4th fret of my E string, that's the extent of the information I have about the piece. If I see a key signature of four flats and a chord symbol for F-7 and the note Ab in the bass, I suddenly have a much better picture of the "road ahead". And can make more informed choices about hand placement, fingering, etc. Again, as Don says, you wanna be a musician, do what musicians do.

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