#1
Am I the only one who can't stand reading tabs?

I usually copy the tabs into sheet music and play it from there. Does anyone else?

I also take sheet music from other instrument parts and make my own bass song with all the melodies and cool little things when we're doing a really cool piece in class.

... I get bored a lot sitting in the rhythm section when the trumpets can't figure out their part in class.

-STG
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#2
I like tabs. They're easy and teach me what I need to know and it's a hell of a lot easier than learning the actual treble clef. what don't you like about it in specific?
#3
... *bliiiink*

... Bass music isn't written in treble clef, dude. Its in bass clef. I will assume it was a minor error on your part, and I will let it slide.

I like learning the actual rhythms of things instead of just listening to where it goes in the song, so I write out the rhythms for it.

Plus, I get a lot of bass tabs that are only written on the bottom two strings, but half the song is way up on the 12th and 13th fret. Definitely time to learn the last two strings.
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#4
Sheet music scares me, seriously its like it watching me or something. Tabs are niiiiice, nice and simple. I'm at the skill level where I can easily play and read at the same time which is nice.
#5
I grew up with sheet music before I even knew what a tab was, so its not that scary to me.

Also, a lot of people who "play" guitar and bass can't read it. They can only do tabs. And they only know songs for which there are tabs.

And those people make me sadface.
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#6
I wish I was better at reading actual sheet music. I know how to, it just takes me forever to figure out a few measueres, even if it's in C... I would rather do that than tabs. Makes me feel more accomplished. =D
#7
I usually use a mix of the two. I've played trumpet for 4-5 years now though so i cant stand bass clef. If all music were in treble clef i would be happy. but its not that way. although i like to figure songs out by ear more then look at a tab or sheet music. plus sometimes i get tired of looking at all the trumpet sheet music i get in marching band, and then the lead sheets for guitar i get in the jazz band at my school. your not alone though. the other guitarist for jazz band (we switch off playing guitar and electric bass) refuses to look at tabs.
#8
Quote by SteelToedGirl
I grew up with sheet music before I even knew what a tab was, so its not that scary to me.

Also, a lot of people who "play" guitar and bass can't read it. They can only do tabs. And they only know songs for which there are tabs.

And those people make me sadface.

What do you mean by play? If I pick up a bass and play the D string, I'm playing, even if I'm reading it off a tab. I don't see reading "real" music as necessary to become a great player, in my opinion that definitly lies in technique and practice.
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#9
To Silver
Don't worry, it gets easier the more you're read it. When I switched from treble to bass clef, I would write the notes names under the notes, then eventually the positions and names matched up with my muscle memory and its a breeze.

If you could play with an ensemble, it makes learning faster, because you're forced to follow along. I have a hard time just learning stuff alone, but when I'm playing with other people and I don't have time to go back and correct errors, it just fits better.

-STG
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#11
Quote by cal1
What do you mean by play? If I pick up a bass and play the D string, I'm playing, even if I'm reading it off a tab. I don't see reading "real" music as necessary to become a great player, in my opinion that definitly lies in technique and practice.


I never said it was. But there are people, and we all know that there are, who play half a dozen songs that aren't theirs because of tabs, but they can't play a lick of anything else.
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#12
Quote by MustangMan311
This thread is to show off that you can read music, no?


Actually, thats not what its about. I was just wondering if there was anyone else that didn't enjoy reading tabs, and that liked to mess around with music theory like I do.

I find it so hard to talk to some musicians because they can't see past what is on the sheet, whether it be in tabs or in sheet form.

If I wanted to brag about something, I wouldn't do it online where no one cares.
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#13
Quote by SteelToedGirl
... *bliiiink*

... Bass music isn't written in treble clef, dude. Its in bass clef. I will assume it was a minor error on your part, and I will let it slide.

I like learning the actual rhythms of things instead of just listening to where it goes in the song, so I write out the rhythms for it.

Plus, I get a lot of bass tabs that are only written on the bottom two strings, but half the song is way up on the 12th and 13th fret. Definitely time to learn the last two strings.

If you can sight read sheet music you should be able to re-transpose tabs in your head. Maybe you can't? I always assumed people who can read sheet music are able to do this. I know I do, I almost always change tabs around during sight reads.
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#14
Quote by lordofthefood1
If you can sight read sheet music you should be able to re-transpose tabs in your head. Maybe you can't? I always assumed people who can read sheet music are able to do this. I know I do, I almost always change tabs around during sight reads.


I can, but my hand-eye coordination is thrown off balance when I'm doing math in my head on top of that.
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#15
Quote by SteelToedGirl
Actually, thats not what its about. I was just wondering if there was anyone else that didn't enjoy reading tabs, and that liked to mess around with music theory like I do.

I find it so hard to talk to some musicians because they can't see past what is on the sheet, whether it be in tabs or in sheet form.

If I wanted to brag about something, I wouldn't do it online where no one cares.

You can approach anyone who plays from tabs and still talk about music. I have an idea of music theory and I don't even sight read (I know how to, just not too well). It seems like you dislike people without the level of musical knowledge that you have. Why not learn some songs by ear, instead of telling us sheet music is better than tab?
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#16
Quote by SteelToedGirl
Also, a lot of people who "play" guitar and bass can't read it.


The **** are those inverted commas supposed to mean?

Methinks I sense a bit of disgustingly smug self superiority. If thats not the case I apologise, if it is then kindly die in a fire.
#18
Okay, back off. I was just wondering who else thought like me. I'm not trying to be smugly superior or look poorly on people for their level of knowledge. Is that so wrong to find people who enjoy doing the same things I do, or who also find reading numbers annoying? Its my personal opinion. I'm not trying to force sheet music on people, or even down them for reading tabs. I've known plenty of musicians who have helped me further my musical knowledge who can't read a lick of sheet music.
But I've also known plenty who only read tabs and think that is the only way to learn a song.

I also enjoy tearing apart music and putting it back together in different arrangements, which generally requires a bit of music theory knowledge to do it correctly.

I enjoy sheet music. I like seeing the notes move when the tone moves. If you enjoy tabs, good for you. Whatever. I just wanted to find like-minded individuals.

**** UG, every time I try to start up casual conversation, no matter what its about, everyone is so rude and assumes I'm being rude first. Everyone with their defensive attitudes about how they read music can go jump in front of a bus.
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#19
I am and shall always be a tab user. I've learned music notation many time's in school and on my own and I can't remember it well enough when the time comes. The low notes (and I learned on guitar, not bass) are a pain in the ass to tell in fast songs. If you play any other instrument, it's different, but us lucky guitar and bass players that have a fret board, we have an easier way out!

One thing I do hate about tabs though is the number of brainless noobs that write tabs for sites when they suck at instruments and don't have parts of the song write. I usually buy official sheet music from musicnotes.com if I want to learn a song by tab. But if you're good enough, you can learn songs by ear and not stupid tabs.
#20
Fellow bassist here. I personally prefer sheet music to tabs because I play classical stuff far more than rock/pop stuff (general music, i.e.) so i'm in the comfort zone, so to speak, with sheet music rather than tabs. Tabs can be kind of misleading in situations such as bottom two string problems as TS mentioned.
#21
Quote by SteelToedGirl
I can, but my hand-eye coordination is thrown off balance when I'm doing math in my head on top of that.

You can't add and subtract by 5 or 10 in your head with ease?

That is very poor, I feel sorry for you
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#22
Quote by SteelToedGirl
Am I the only one who can't stand reading tabs?

I usually copy the tabs into sheet music and play it from there. Does anyone else?

I also take sheet music from other instrument parts and make my own bass song with all the melodies and cool little things when we're doing a really cool piece in class.

... I get bored a lot sitting in the rhythm section when the trumpets can't figure out their part in class.

-STG

Regular tabs - ewww. However, alpha tab under regular notation - win
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