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  • Newbie Question

    Posted by drdavid on October 16, 2022 at 1:18 pm

    Greetings. Since I hadn’t played in over 40 years I started the 30 Days to Play. About halfway through is when I noticed the Download Tab selection near the videos. I used to play solely by memory; couldn’t read music at all. Wanting this time to be a mature adult student and not the impertinent cocky teenager I used to be. Am I guessing correctly that I should do every lesson while reading the Tab, so I can absorb and eventually learn to read the music?

    Thank you for any advice.

    jumpinjeff replied 1 year, 6 months ago 5 Members · 5 Replies
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  • Bill_Brown

    October 16, 2022 at 7:41 pm

    IMHO @drdavid , IMHO the quick answer is yes👍 Looking at the tabs will definitely help you to understand aspects of the music a little better😎

  • GerryB56

    October 16, 2022 at 8:05 pm

    Welcome to TAC! We all learn in our own way, of course, but for me the tabs are pretty much essential as learning aids. I can follow Tony to some extent on the video lessons, but inevitably I lose track of where I am in the lick or sequence he’s playing. I suppose I should be trying to follow the music notation, too, as it would certainly help for learning the notes on the fretboard. But for now I’m happy enough using the tabs.

  • Kitman

    October 17, 2022 at 6:14 am

    Hi @drdavid and welcome to TAC. I agree with @Bill_Brown and @GerryB56 and would suggest utilizing the tabs as learning tools. I am a “play by ear” player myself and these tabs have helped me with understanding of how eighth notes and triplets fit into the tempo and time signatures of the challenges. In fact these days I listen to and watch the challenge lesson and playback and then pull out the tab and run through the challenges with just the tab and a metronome. I then go back to the lessons and play throughs to marry the two up. Just sharing my experience.

    • drdavid

      October 17, 2022 at 6:09 pm

      Thanks. That sounds like an interesting approach to learning music. I’ll have to give it a go.

  • jumpinjeff

    October 18, 2022 at 10:51 am

    I never use Tab unless I can’t figure it out. There are no hard fast rules other than if it is producing results keep doing it. I found relating to it and figuring it out through ear and memory was more difficult but led me faster to being an intuitive player so that I could sit down and play with anyone without knowing or ever having heard what they were playing. That was a goal on the top of my list. The goal has be met and exceeded.

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