Originally Posted by Mr Orange
I have to disagree on these matters.
Originally Posted by jem7vwh
Nope. not going to do standard notation for 2 reasons:
1. I don't subscribe to that arrogant stance that some theory teachers adhear to that music must be written in standard notation.
Pinheads are pinheads; but standard notation provides more information than tab. Rhythmic patterns and song form are more easily percieved, as is the harmonic context, ie. the relationship of the melody line/lick to the harmony. Of course you have to have some basic knowledge of music theory, but hey, it's not that hard.
2. I personally don't like it. It's vague and lends little insight as to the specifics as to how a guitarist ought to play the piece. Tab is much more descriptive and helpful to a guitarist IMO.
Oh, the fingerings? You can always add them, finger number and position (indicated with a roman numeral. Not to be confused with Ed.
). Plus, not everybody's physique is the same, f.ex. that Symphony-x guy had to use tapping to play Holdsworth lines that involve insane stretches. You just might come up with a way to play the lines in a way more suitable for you, and maybe even derive new stuff from your "mistakes" (a la Becker).
That's not to diss tab, but to point out the possibilities and advantages of them (tab & notation) combined.
But, if the situation is "no sir, he doesn't like it", I'm afraid that my opinions are somewhat irrelevant.
Mr. Orange, you read my mind to the letter. I was about to type this exact same reply, but I found you'd beaten me to it as I scrolled down.
The rhythmic values, harmonic environment, and harmonic implications of the melody within the music are completely avoided in tab. Standard notation can be extremely expressive if the person who's notating the score is imaginative and creative with his expression marks. Its the same thing with piano music: you can have a "straight" score, with no pedal markings, expressivo, dynamics, etc., that doesn't sound ANYTHING like how a trained pianist would play it, or you can have a really expressive, score that shows you exactly what to play and how to play it the way the composer intended.
That being said, tab can be supplied, but as a supplementary fingering chart to show how *you* want to perform the music (although, as Mr. Orange said, fingering and position can be applied to score of standard notation). However, after beginning with tab and now using standard notation for my music, I feel that standard notation is a more complete and expressive way of delivering music the way the composer intended, if the person doing the notation wants to take the time to work out a way of delivering the expressition through writing.
Just ask Steve Vai, he'd say the same thing
As for people who don't know how to read notation, tab is extremely useful to show "where to put the fingers," but as far as delivering harmonic and rhythmic information, as well as information regarding how the melody fits into those two, its pretty useless.
Both can be better, I say, as opposed to choosing one over the other.