Re: Tab for Moonglow

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Posted by Ed on February 09, 2000 at 16:35:34:

In Reply to: Re: Tab for Moonglow posted by Chris on February 09, 2000 at 14:23:14:

: : : My band is starting to do some standards and I have yet to find a site that contains tab for these old tunes...particularly Moonglow. Any help would be freatly appreciated.

: : I don't really think walking bass lines lend themselves to tab, cause the idea is to play different stuff each chorus, depending on what the soloists are doing. Now is as good a time as any to stop communicating in scrawls and LEARN TO READ MUSIC. It ain't that hard.

: Gosh, Ed, thanks for the kind words. Actually I CAN read music. Sometimes, however, TAB can be a useful tool when first "trying a tune on". Obviously a fact some elitists fail to recognize.

Useful, how? Tab is basically directions for where to put yer fingers, right. Now if the first chord of the tune is BbM7, you have many different choices of the exact spot to put yer fingers down. Tab is going to give you precisely one of those. Additionally,for a walking bass line over a 32 bar tune, you have the choice of recreating this road map over several pages for JUST ONE CHORUS of the tune, which I guess will be repeated over and over again, no matter what each soloist is doing, or trying to map out several "alternative" routes again over many many pages. By writing out the actual notes (ie using words, not pictures) you can get about four or so different choruses (which can be lengthened with internal repeats) on two shhets of paper. Generally, the only time someone is gonna write out a bass part is for an arrangement that deviates from the form of the tune, most of the time yer just gonna get a lead sheet or just the changes written out, so you can improvise a bass part that reflects what's going on in the ensemble. So the only way I see that tab is gonna be helpful is if someone is looking at Ab7+ and has absolutely no idea what that means. As far as elitist, I'm not sure what you mean, I don't care who wants to play this music. If I hear that somebody playing can hear what there doing, that's cool. If it's all gibberish, then they are not dealing with the music, they are bullshitting, and that's what I'm gonna say.

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