Poll: Should I Learn Notes or Tabs?
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Notes
24 48%
Tabs
26 52%
Voters: 50.
#1
Well guys its basically that. what should i learn.. notes or tabs? think about the long run...
#2
heres the thing. tab is so incredibly easy to read, it takes no skill at all. youll get it it 10 mins. learn to read notes too tho. that will be more of a challenge.
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#4
ok, in the long run, most likely tab. its hard to find anything in actual notes. if your interested in learning songs from bands, then your better off with tab. if you want to learn lullabys and orchestra stuff, go with notes. again, tab is so easy.
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#5
Notes. If you're buying music at a store, it'll be notes. Generally, its the internet that'll give you tabs. But its extremely good to know both. I'd do what I did...notes, then tabs. Notes will be out there EVERYWHERE. Every composer will use notes. The tabs are notes converted. The person took the notes and made them tabs. Notes defenitly in the long run. READING MUSIC IS BEST! I CAN'T STRESS THIS ENOUGH! Use tabs when you understand reading music and music theory.
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Last edited by foxthor_rider2k at Aug 27, 2006,
#6
Quote by ChildrenOfRuin
ok, in the long run, most likely tab. its hard to find anything in actual notes. if your interested in learning songs from bands, then your better off with tab. if you want to learn lullabys and orchestra stuff, go with notes. again, tab is so easy.


no im talkin about writing my own stuff
#7
go with notes. when you know how to read that, tab will be so easy to read it will almost be insulting.
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#8
Ahem, I play sax AND guitar, I've written music. It's MUCH easier to write using notes.
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#10
If you're writing out your music, notes. You should learn how to read both of course...
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#12
notes notes notes notes notes. i wish i had
tabs are good too though.
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#13
Well I say you should learn both. ChildrenOfRuin is right Tab is easer but you don?t really get a feel for the rhythm unless you have a copy of the song (which most of the time I don?t) while with notes you don?t have to ever hear the song to play it. foxthor_rider2k is also right most music store with have the song you want in tab form and musical notations. If you are going to just use it to write your own stuff and your lazy go with tabs but seriously put in the effort to learn to read and write with notes it?s not really that hard.
#15
Depends on what you want to do, if you play a lot of complicated music like jazz and classical you definently need to learn notes, but if you play strict punk or most rock, tabs is the way to go, I know both though
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#16
if your writing music, then notes are a MUST!! I find it near impossible to write songs in tab form, but note form is easy. Reading notes isn't that difficult either. deffinatly learn notes. Tab is easy to pick up!
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#17
you should learn both. i agree with anyone who said that you need to know notes to compose. i dont think alot of the greats knew how to read notes (e.g. jimi hendrix). tabs are way easier to read, but unlike notes they dont show things like eighth, quarter, half notes etc, unless they have those annoying q's and e's. in the long run notes will be better especially if you are gonna pick up things like piano or orchestra instruments. as i said in the beginning learn both. tabs are really easy to learn, and it won't hurt to take the extra time to learn notes.
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#18
if you write it in tab, only a guitarist can play it right? sounds like that limits your options.
#19
It depends on what you want to do with the guitar. If you just want to play green day songs, theres no point in learning it and your just wasteing time. If you want to advance as a player and do something with guitar then you should definitely learn how to read standard notation.
#20
Quote by black_box
if you write it in tab, only a guitarist can play it right? sounds like that limits your options.


if he gets powertab, guitarpro, etc. he can have notes as well, so that really isnt a problem unless he writes by hand
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#21
Quote by WlCmToTheJungle
if he gets powertab, guitarpro, etc. he can have notes as well, so that really isnt a problem unless he writes by hand


True, but what happens when he's asked to play something that's only written in notes? Reading standard notation is an important skill.
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#22
reading standard notation is a good skill to have, but when im writing for guitar i always write it down in TAB, because its much clearer where on the fretboard you are supposed to sound the note, its much harder to do that with standard notation, because standard notation wasnt developed with large range stringed instruments in mind. If im composing for piano or something i use standard notation because keyboard tablature sucks.
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#23
Yes, I still beleive you should learn notes. Learrsn notes first, then tabs. Like they said, tabs are easy to pick up. I learned tabs in like 10 minutes. It took me a year to learn notes, and I find myself using both regulalry.
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#24
Umm...how about both? And even more important, develop your ear. Learn songs without looking at either tabs or notes, then go back and use either to confirm your own transcriptions.
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#25
Theres no "learning" tabs. Its just.... there.

Your strings and frets are right there, anyone that has to learn that besides a total noob is a retard.
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#26
notes.
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