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creekster52

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Why I have trouble with tabs
« on: April 24, 2013, 11:43:01 PM »
I have made many attempts at using tabs, but it never seems to flow very well for me. I think that, at least in part, it is due to the fact that tabs are written upside-down in relation to the neck. i.e. low strings at the bottom...high strings at the top, just as low notes are at the bottom in musical notation and highs at the top.

Am I dyslexic or is everyone else? LOL!!

zagatron1

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Re: Why I have trouble with tabs
« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2013, 01:13:30 AM »
I don't use tabs. Never really got into them, but I am dyslexic though. :)

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Re: Why I have trouble with tabs
« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2013, 01:24:59 AM »
Ha! Everything is upside down for me in the guitar world, being a lefty  ;)
Tabs are great though especially for someone that can't read proper music sheets like me  :P

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Re: Why I have trouble with tabs
« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2013, 01:26:25 PM »
i tried tabs...i don't like 'em.  i do better by listening to what i want to play, then doing what sounds good to me.

i'm not dyslexic as far as i know, but i am adhdocd. :)  whatever it is...maybe i need ritalin, and i could do tabs?

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Re: Why I have trouble with tabs
« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2013, 07:22:58 PM »
i tried tabs...i don't like 'em.  i do better by listening to what i want to play, then doing what sounds good to me.

i'm not dyslexic as far as i know, but i am adhdocd. :)  whatever it is...maybe i need ritalin, and i could do tabs?

Ritalin is useless for guitar players. It only helps you change your guitar strings faster.  LOL

creekster52

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Re: Why I have trouble with tabs
« Reply #5 on: April 26, 2013, 12:06:55 AM »
You guys are too funny. Thanks for the laughs...They are much appreciated!

reb

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Re: Why I have trouble with tabs
« Reply #6 on: April 26, 2013, 10:13:58 AM »
you change strings, Joe??? really? i kinda get attached to mine, and don't want to change 'em.  they do get attached to me, though, especially when i go to change 'em, and they come unwound in my face out of the package.



glad you got a laugh, creek.

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Re: Why I have trouble with tabs
« Reply #7 on: April 26, 2013, 01:30:42 PM »
Tabs are just a helper - your goal should always be to memorize the notes!

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Re: Why I have trouble with tabs
« Reply #8 on: April 26, 2013, 07:50:44 PM »
OK you guys...behave...the teacher just walked in!   ;D

Robert....I'm sure we understand, and at least my ears remember where the notes are. It just seems to me that TABS would be more useful if the lows were on the top and highs on the bottom, just as they exist on the guitar instead of the way they appear in musical notation. I'm certain the current method makes perfectly good sense to those who read notation, but the whole purpose of TABS is to make it easier than reading notation isn't it?

For example...chord charts aren't displayed in reverse order. Actually...they're displayed vertically, so I guess that wasn't a great example...LOL!

This could be an opportunity to revolutionize guitar teaching methods. Hmmmm....maybe I should delete this post and file for copyrights!!  8)


Example: A minor pentatonic (Low E on top)

« Last Edit: April 27, 2013, 01:19:29 PM by creekster52 »

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Re: Why I have trouble with tabs
« Reply #9 on: April 28, 2013, 07:00:10 PM »
What you suggest is like I'm looking my guitar in the mirror, s I hold it an d play. The way TABs are done, is like looking ddown on guitar in my hands, while playing it. it's all just visual, no connection to notaion staff.

Are you lefthanded, maybe, or they made you convert in early childhood?
« Last Edit: April 28, 2013, 07:01:49 PM by Vladan »

creekster52

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Re: Why I have trouble with tabs
« Reply #10 on: April 28, 2013, 07:23:00 PM »
Right handed. I didn't even know TABs existed until 10-12 years ago. We had chord books and music notation. I learned to play by listening and watching other players. Probably why the mirror image makes more sense to me.

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Re: Why I have trouble with tabs
« Reply #11 on: April 29, 2013, 10:33:04 AM »
I think this problem depends if you view tabs as from the view when you play your guitar yourself, or watching someone else play. When someone else is playing, the low E string is closest to the sky (so to speak), but if you were looking at the fretboard as you are playing laying on your back, the high E string (bottom string) would be closest to the sky. ;)

How's that for an explanation! haha

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Re: Why I have trouble with tabs
« Reply #12 on: April 29, 2013, 10:48:27 AM »
I am now so confused I have to give up looking at tabs.  ;D

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Re: Why I have trouble with tabs
« Reply #13 on: April 29, 2013, 10:12:24 PM »
Gotta love this forum!!   ::)