Can people read tabs like they read say music for Orchestra or Band. Just follow the notes and play along?

I want to know is it normal for people to be able to look at a tab for a song they have never played before and just play it (if it is within their difficulty level)?

Last edited by livedmcchillen at Jun 8, 2015,
Not without significant rhythm annotation as well.

I personally prefer the two-stave system, where one of the lines is dedicated to the notation and rhythm (ie. sheet music) and the other is tablature.

When done correctly, this is all the information a guitar player would need.
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Where can I look into this and find some examples?
Also, would you recommend I learn this system? Mostly I have just been self-teaching specific songs instead of trying to learn skills needed to play a lot of songs.
Well, all that's needed to learn it is the ability read sheet music. It's just a double stave system with both sheet music and tablature included.

Here's an example:

I have also tablature written with rhythm stems coming off of the notes, but I can't remember where I saw that.
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