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23 47%
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#2
Well it depends on whos writing them.

Tabs are mostly written by ear while notation is usually used when writing your own song.

so id have to say notation in most cases.
#3
notation except for things like complicated tapping runs, bends, use of the whammy bar, different types of harmonics, etc; things that are unique to guitarplaying
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#4
Tabs for sure. Notation shows you what to play but tabs show you how to play.
#5
Tabs tell you what to play, notation gives you a more ambiguous instruction the what, but almost always an exact instruction for the when.

In other words, tabs tell you exactly what to fret, but notation only tells you what note(s) to play and when.

I would say that all the interesting little guitar articulations can be accurately represented on both standard notation and tab.
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#6
There's nothing to discuss here - notation contains far much more information, anyone who thinks otherwise simply doesn't understand standard musical notation. It's not a matter of opinion, it's the facts...if you disagree ask yourself why standard notation is good enough for every other musical instrument on the planet.

also reported, no VS threads - which is what this essentially is.
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There's nothing to discuss here - notation contains far much more information, anyone who thinks otherwise simply doesn't understand standard musical notation. It's not a matter of opinion, it's the facts...if you disagree ask yourself why standard notation is good enough for every other musical instrument on the planet.

also reported, no VS threads - which is what this essentially is.


If you took the time to read you would know that this isn't a VS thread.


If you read the title is says which is MORE ACCURATE not which is better.
#8
tabs are better only when it comes to guitar because when you just look at notation you wouldn't really know what fret to play because there are many frets on different strings with the same exact note. tabs tell you exactly what to play on the guitar
#10
Use both together, tabs to see what, where, and how, use the notation to see what kind of notes they are (quarter, eighth, sixteenth, etc.)
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tabs are better only when it comes to guitar because when you just look at notation you wouldn't really know what fret to play because there are many frets on different strings with the same exact note. tabs tell you exactly what to play on the guitar


... notes on the staff correspond to a particular pitch. D in a certain place on the staff is not notating any D on the guitar, but a particular one. Also, if you are talking about cases in which the only difference is fingering, then you don't need to know the "correct" one, you'll probably find it yourself because it will be the most logical and comfortable. Tabs are useful, but lazy.

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Tabs for sure. Notation shows you what to play but tabs show you how to play.


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There's nothing to discuss here - notation contains far much more information, anyone who thinks otherwise simply doesn't understand standard musical notation. It's not a matter of opinion, it's the facts...if you disagree ask yourself why standard notation is good enough for every other musical instrument on the planet.

also reported, no VS threads - which is what this essentially is.


since they don't have stuff like divebombs, whammy-squeals and sweep-picking.

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since they don't have stuff like divebombs, whammy-squeals and sweep-picking.

That's irelevant - don't kid yourself into thinking that we guitarists are "special" and that our instrument is far more complex or expressive than others because that simply isn't the case.

You can notate all those things far more accurately in notation than you can in tab.
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... notes on the staff correspond to a particular pitch. D in a certain place on the staff is not notating any D on the guitar, but a particular one. Also, if you are talking about cases in which the only difference is fingering, then you don't need to know the "correct" one, you'll probably find it yourself because it will be the most logical and comfortable. Tabs are useful, but lazy.


but that exact same note does occur on more than one string and fret, and the same note on a dfferent string sound kinda different in a way...don't they?
#18
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Tabs for sure. Notation shows you what to play but tabs show you how to play.


lol wut?
#19
Notation is more accurate every time, it allows the person looking at it to understand the rhythm which each note should be played at. On Logic Pro for Mac you can combine the two so you can see exactly what to play, like so:


#20
Notation gives much more accurate rhythm, though tabs give way to more expression and versatility (In my opinion).
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#21
Notation, easily. Tabs don't usually have any information on note lengths, time signatures, etc.
#22
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but that exact same note does occur on more than one string and fret, and the same note on a dfferent string sound kinda different in a way...don't they?


Hence what I said about fingering. Derp derp.
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#23
The mixture of both.

Although Tabs are becoming much more impressive, and musically accurate to the point where Tabs can replace Notation in all aspects.

However teh best I've seen is when you buy most music books you find both (notataion, then Tab written below it)

or various mixtures that I've seen.


Go back in history
Lute music was written out in Tablature, with notation above it.

Tabs tell you what string to play things on, not just the note (becuase there are many places you can get most notes)

So knowing what string can make positioning easier, and change the tone (which can be very important)


So a mixture
but as a general rule, Notation is more accurate due to people's laziness when writing tabs.


hope that helped!
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#24
Tabs, if correct, show you exactly what is played.

Notation shows you the correct note, but not the correct fretting such as playing an E on the 12th fret on low e or 7th fret on A. The biggest advantage I see to notation is that you will learn the fretboard much better. You will have to know which notes are where to play them. With tab you're just following directions. Notation gives you a little more freedom, tells you the scales used in the song, which aids improvisation, and allows guitar to be more universal of an instrument.

If you're reading notation, chances are you're going to play what is most easily accessible, which tends to be what is written in tab form.

They both have their advantages.
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#25
Assuming the tabs are done perfectly (not wise) and the rythm and speed is already known, tabs are better because they tell you a specific way to play it.
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#26
This depends on what one means by "tab". If there's no rhythm indication with a tab then, quite frankly, it's bugger all use unless you've got a recording of the piece in the first place.

Then again, for representation of pitch, notation does have "For Keyboard Player Use Only" written all over it crayon. Yes, there are other intruments with pitch ranges that fall nicely on one staff or another, but there are also plenty that sit in the "are you trying to save ink here, or what?" space between them.

I'd have to go with notation really, because, with the exception of where to play the note, it's got it all in there, even if six note chords do look like someone's been using the paper to swat an entire beehive to death.
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