Guitar Tablature versus Music Notation

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Hello. This is Glenn Sutton from This is a video on guitar tablature versus standard music notation. The two most common forms of guitar music notation available are what we refer to as guitar tablature or tab and traditional sheet music or also called standard music notation. Standard music notation uses a five line staff and round headed notes that are placed on the lines and in the spaces between the lines. It provides everything the player needs to know to play the song including notes, tempo, rhythm, and timing. Standard music notation provides detailed information about rests, dynamics, and duration of each note which tab does not. Standard notation is somewhat complex and it can be discouraging for someone that just wants to play the guitar. Music reading takes time and extended practice. Music notation is much more accurate that tablature. Guitar tablature consists of a staff of six horizontal parallel lines, one to represent each string with the high e first string on the top and the low six string on the bottom. A number placed on a line indicates which fret to press on that particular string and are read from left to right. So a number seven on the third line from the top would mean to press the seventh fret on the g string or the third string. It is not necessary to learn about music notation to play an instrument such as the guitar. As a beginner or even a professional, guitar tablature gives you a great short cut to music notation. You will see results right away. Guitar tablature is excellent for being able to play songs with a minimal time. From a beginner’s standpoint you can see the value in being able to play and enjoy songs very quickly. It keeps you interested. Without interest the desire to learn can fade or die off completely. Guitar tablature can keep the interest strong.

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