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Post Fri Apr 04, 2008 4:45 pm

i was wondering if tabs are any good?
or should i just go by ear.
if you you think i should use tabs will anyone send me some?
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Post Fri Apr 04, 2008 7:13 pm

The more you learn, the more you can do, the more versetile you are, the better player you will be.

And that from a guy who cannot read.
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Post Sat Apr 05, 2008 7:55 am

On certain songs its easier to use tabs but I think that listening to it and getting tabs is good. Because if you can't hear the one part the tabs will help you.
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Post Tue Apr 08, 2008 8:02 am

sometimes i use tabs....it depends. if i play a complicated song, i use the tab to have a general idea of the beat, but if i am playing smth simple, i never use a tab.
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Post Sat Apr 12, 2008 7:23 pm

Learn to read music.
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Post Sun Apr 13, 2008 10:37 am

Tabs can only help you out, ya know? I cant read a single note and I make out just fine. I learned when I took lessons but that was a long long time ago. I play everything by ear and never miss a beat, but thats just me.
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Post Sun Apr 13, 2008 11:39 am

ThePloughman wrote:The more you learn, the more you can do, the more versetile you are, the better player you will be.

And that from a guy who cannot read.

:shock: Say it isn't so Mr. The Ploughman, say it isn't so!
Eh, I can't read either. By ear with some help from tabs has always worked for me.
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Post Sun Apr 13, 2008 2:21 pm

billywilly92 wrote:On certain songs its easier to use tabs but I think that listening to it and getting tabs is good. Because if you can't hear the one part the tabs will help you.


And vice-versa. If you can't read the tab at one part, listening to it will clear it up. I can read, but I prefer to do it by ear first. I'll look at tabs if I can't really hear something or can't seem to figure it out.
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Post Sun Apr 13, 2008 2:35 pm

ear is really good. swhat i do
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Post Sun Apr 13, 2008 4:38 pm

Ear. I'm good at it. Easier than sheet music. But I'm good at that too.
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Post Tue Apr 15, 2008 7:09 pm

all depends on song, but if i do look at tabs i also listen to get the rythem of it-
so its not like robotic.
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Post Wed Apr 16, 2008 5:55 am

Stark wrote:Learn to read music.

I'll second that.

I find it very important and integral in being versatile and knowing what you're playing better if you can read music. I like to write out my parts on Finale (for my band) and listen to them alone, then listen to them while singing the melodies of the songs and figure out the little things I can change and sometimes big things. Not just for that, but in general, I believe all musicians should at least be able to read music in a general aspect. You don't need to know how to read Danny Carey's parts on ever Tool album, but know enough to realize what you're playing when you do play.
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Post Wed Apr 16, 2008 7:42 am

in my opinion, its good to know how to do both. reading is important, and so is ear training.
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Post Wed Apr 16, 2008 7:48 am

I can read basic music. I never ever used tabs and never will. I am self taught and all played by ear.
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Post Wed Apr 16, 2008 8:32 am

Manzo wrote:I can read basic music. I never ever used tabs and never will. I am self taught and all played by ear.


likewise. as much as I wish I could just devote some time to really get into music theory and everything that comes along w/truely "understanding" music I just can't do it.

basically I can listen to a part a few times and play it back w/some practice MUCH better than if you give me the tabs for it.
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