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Is learning Tabs the quickest way to learn to play guitar?

I have always wanted to learn to play but having no one to help me and the books and video sounds greak to me is tabs a good option? Also what would be a good starter guitar?

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One Response to “Is learning Tabs the quickest way to learn to play guitar?”

  1. cconsaul said:

    No more than learning the abacus is the quickest way to learn computer science. Tablature is the forerunner of the modern notation system. It is a graphical representation of the six guitar strings, and it shows you which finger to put down on any given string, but not when to put it there, how long to leave it there, or what to do with it once it’s down there. It also cripples you when you want to discuss that piece of music with anyone who doesn’t play guitar. I am not saying that tab is useless. It is extremely valuable for differently abled musicians who need that graphical cue to help them with the notation. For that reason programs like Tabledit, Powertab Editor and Guitar Pro 4 – 6 offer both. Even high end programs like Sibelius and Finale give guitarists (and even Mandolin and Violin players) the option of seeing both styles of notation on the same page.

    leaning both systems can be beneficial, but make sue you spend some time with standard notation. You are going to want to play with other people eventually and even Paul McCartney (who is severely Dyslexic) learned that it pays to be able to show music to your mates, even if it doesn’t make much sense to you.

    Yamaha makes a good starter acoustic guitar, as does Washburn, Fender, Takamine and in the higher end models, Alverez. Yamaha makes a nice strat copy electric guitar as well, as do the other companies I mentioned. Epiphone’s quality and reliability have gone way up since they were purchased by Gibson as well.


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