FIngerpicking on Ukulele, Lesson Fourteen - How to Read TAB

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FIngerpicking on Ukulele, Lesson Fourteen - How to Read TAB

Tablature (or TAB for short) is a musical notation system for indicating instrument fingering rather than musical pitches in the standard music tradition.

Tablature is common for fretted stringed instruments such as the lute, vihuela, or guitar. Tablature has been around for centuries and was common during the Renaissance and Baroque eras.

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Tablature (or TAB for short) is a musical notation system for indicating instrument fingering rather than musical pitches in the standard music tradition.

Tablature is common for fretted stringed instruments such as the lute, vihuela, or guitar. Tablature has been around for centuries and was common during the Renaissance and Baroque eras.

TAB is commonly used in notating rock, pop, folk, ragtime, bluegrass, and blues music. It's become the de facto standard way for guitarist and ukulele players alike to start learning the instrument.

One of the many problems with TAB is it can not take into account alternate note location. The ukulele has the ability to play the exact same note on different strings. Every note higher in pitch than the note on string three fret three can be played on a different string or or more. TAB fails to handle this and can only show one location and not always the most efficient location. It also doesn't really handle rhythmic notation effectively and the biggest problem is it alienates ukulele players and guitar players from other musicians - It's a paint by numbers problem. Even if you would like to be a causal painter would you buy a paint by number kit to learn how to paint?

With all that said I'll still use TAB with students in the beginning stages of their development. But even if you are just doing it for fun. I can guarantee that if you learn to read music, even at a basic level you have a lot more fun.

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