#1
I saw a recent video of an interview with Eddie Van Halen. He says the invention of Tab notation came about due to his unconventional way of playing.

Does anyone know about this or is this accurate?

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#2
Ha! Please tell me that's a joke! Tablature has been around for hundreds of years.
#3
I would say it is not accurate. Tablature as a tool has existed since the 14th century, as you can see here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tablature

Blending standard notation with tablature is also very common and was done by jazz guitarists in the 40's-50's that i know of, could have been earlier than that. So no, Van Halen does not get the credit for that, just like he didn't invent tapping.
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I would say it is not accurate. Tablature as a tool has existed since the 14th century, as you can see here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tablature

Blending standard notation with tablature is also very common and was done by jazz guitarists in the 40's-50's that i know of, could have been earlier than that. So no, Van Halen does not get the credit for that, just like he didn't invent tapping.


Actually tablature in non-western music far predates that, with guqin tablature for example dating back at least 1500 years. There are probably others as well.
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That's hilarious but completely untrue.

Here's some tab from the 16th century:


I also just want to say I love the idea of "they"... Like a collective of people who just wanted to transcribe Van Halen songs came together to create tab.
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I love EVH's playing, but pretty much anything he says you can take with a pinch of salt.
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i thinkk what eddie kinda ment was using tab for guitar transcriptions. back then if you got sheet music it was in standard notation. if you didn't read music you were shit out of luck. dive bombs, pinch harmonics etc don't translate well to standard music notation so they started to do tab. i rember getting a book called The Heavy Guitar Bible in 79 and being thrilled by this new tab thing. you really didn't see it before then (even though it has existed for many years).
#10
I can remember being in my music appreciation class in college and discussing tab music for the the Japanese shamisen and a few string Arabic instruments. Dating back several, several centuries. It was actually pretty cool to see , even if you couldn't make heads or tails from it.
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i thinkk what eddie kinda ment was using tab for guitar transcriptions. back then if you got sheet music it was in standard notation.

If that is what he meant, I think the ambiguity was intentional. "Invent a whole new way to write music" is pretty different from "transfer the use of tab to guitar". I also question whether, chronology notwithstanding, EVH can really claim credit for said transference.
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I can remember being in my music appreciation class in college and discussing tab music for the the Japanese shamisen and a few string Arabic instruments. Dating back several, several centuries. It was actually pretty cool to see , even if you couldn't make heads or tails from it.


Shamisen tablature is actually pretty straight forward. The zheng tablature that I mentioned... now that is completely absurd.
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#13
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I love EVH's playing, but pretty much anything he says you can take with a pinch of salt.


Yeah that was pretty much my first thought. Van Halen (the band) is notorious for the huge egos of EVH and Roth crashing into each other. Learning one of those giant ego's stretched the truth isn't that surprising.
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i thinkk what eddie kinda ment was using tab for guitar transcriptions. back then if you got sheet music it was in standard notation. if you didn't read music you were shit out of luck. dive bombs, pinch harmonics etc don't translate well to standard music notation so they started to do tab. i rember getting a book called The Heavy Guitar Bible in 79 and being thrilled by this new tab thing. you really didn't see it before then (even though it has existed for many years).

Got to be honest, I don't think those things translate well to tab either, at least certainly not much better than they would to standard notation if you did the same things. Really all the bits of tab that cover whammy bar and harmonics can be pretty much put in to standard notation verbatim and they're just as effective and descriptive. At least from what I've seen anyway.
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