Acoustic Guitar Tabs For Beginners
If you are starting out learning the acoustic guitar you have probably come across the two forms of music notation and have thought wow, the traditional style of music notation looks like an up hill learning curve, but is it a necessary hurdle or can I progress as easily using only guitar tabs for beginners?
Learning to play the acoustic guitar, like any other instrument can be great fun only ruined by the perceived need to learn to “read music”, however for the large majority of acoustic guitar beginners it’s not imperative to learn music theory in any depth.
In fact using tablature when learning the acoustic guitar has some elements that make it a superior choice over the conventional music form and using tablature was commonplace as far back as the 16th century and may go back further, before what we consider to be the standard form of music notation was ever used. It was developed later to provide a more detailed set of instructions for more complex music interpretation.
What are Guitar tabs and where can I find them
as a beginner or as an experienced player?
Quite simply tablature is an easy way of showing, by readable diagrams where, on which strings and on which fret to put your fingers.
There are certain conventions with their use but there is also a lot of free reign in the way tabs are written down and fortunately the tab designer, will include a legend in the diagrams to denote symbols such as string bends, hammer-ons plus other notable techniques. So it should all be there to help you more easily grasp what’s going on without the need to learn the more complicated form of music notation.
Without the comprehensive knowledge of conventional music, learning elements such as time signatures and tempo can’t be very accurately conveyed or interpreted but this is often seen as an advantage for acoustic guitar players, as without the detailed references, guitar players can use improvisation to end up with a unique version of a piece of music.
These unique music variances are often copied and shared, especially via the internet which makes collaboration much easier. This is achieved with an extended character set that the base computer operating systems employ these days although it wasn’t always the case – but I am going off on a ♫.
There is today contention over who owns what and for how long so it’s important to be aware of music notation copyright laws that includes standard sheet music and tabs for complete songs and so if in doubt, don’t share.
Having said that there are sites which publish the author’s own interpretation of songs such as tabpower.com. A lot of effort has been put into these and the design may be enough for experienced tab users, but to get the guitar tabs which are especially good for beginners and come with all the bells and whistles you can’t beat investing a few dollars in the full official song music, which often comes not only with guitar tabulation but also standard notation, vocal melody, chord names and guitar chord diagrams.
For a more complete range of guitar tabs, standard notation etc. this page is worth a visit.
A huge advantage that improved computer and internet technologies has given us is the advanced quality audio and video streaming, which has meant a number of superior websites providing excellent acoustic guitar lessons and the whole gamut of guitar learning through online guitar lessons.
It was certainly true that before the advent of these quality and affordable website offerings you would probably hire a guitar teacher if you were serious about learning to play the guitar.
Old school teachers would dismiss guitar tabs for the beginner.
Many guitar teachers would make learning to read and understand standard notation or sheet music a staple of their teaching repertoire, having decided that you’ll never become a proper musician unless you can read music.
If your aim is to be a “performing arts” type of musician with qualifications and the ability to interpret precisely, advanced classical (or not) pieces of music then you had better start knuckling down. But if the aim is to be able to play the acoustic guitar and to express yourself and maybe impress others then learning the easiest and quickest way is surely best.
Acoustic guitar tabs is perfectly acceptable for use by beginners and has been around for longer than standard sheet music as we know, besides you can always go back to learning music – not.
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