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Summary:
Electric guitar tabs are by far the easiest way to learn to play guitar
without wasting time in too much preparation. So where are they and how
do they help?


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electric guitar tabs, guitar tablature


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Tablature as a means of writing music down has been with us for hundreds
of years, but many people today look down on tabs as a third rate method
of musical communication. In fact, tablature is not a dumbed down version
of conventional musical notation, rather what we call sheet music grew
from a need for more versatility in notation as music became more complex
in medieval times. Electric Guitar Tabs have been a great help to the
many people who have taken up the electric guitar and who wanted to get
down to the business of playing as quickly as possible.

Conventional music notation has much more to communicate than tabs, but
if you already know more or less how the song sounds, and are prepared to
work at your own interpretation, then there is nothing wrong with using
tablature.

Guitarists composing music using tabs and sharing the results of their
work on the internet have brought a wide range of music within reach of
amateur musicians who never learnt to read music. To some guitarists
learning to read music is a waste of time that would be put to better use
expressing their feelings through music. This attitude is at odds with
the idea that the more theoretical knowledge you have, the greater the
pool of resources at your disposal for expressing your ideas.

Tablature, on the other hand, allows the guitarist to get to know the
basic piece of music in his own way, and use his musical intuition and
flair for improvisation to produce a musical work which will be as much
his own work as the original composer's. For that reason electric guitar
tabs are a boon to the electric guitar player who does not want to just
produce a copy of someone else's work.

You can find electric guitar tabs in music stores along with conventional
written music, but the quickest and best place to look for electric
guitar tabs is on the internet. Even though there's a legal dogfight
going on about tab publishers infringing the rights of the original
composer, many tabs are still available for free. However you need to
exercise your discernment when making use of tablature produced by
amateur guitarists. You might need to change things around a little if
they don't sound right.
As for the electric guitar player who wants to broaden his musical
knowledge, tablature also allows the guitarist to learn new chords,
scales or modes very quickly.

Finally a reminder that using electric guitar tabs to learn new material
is not a walk in the park - you need to supply some of the information
which is otherwise written into sheet music. You need to have some idea
of the note values and a basic understanding of time signatures and
tempo. What that boils down to is that you can hear the music in your
head, and you just want to know where to put your fingers on the fret
board. That is what guitar tabs were originally made for.

				
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