Many classical guitar players shun TABs – except when it comes to lute music. On the other hand, many guitarists find it much easier to read TAB than normal notation.
I guess I’m in the former camp, because I started with notation in the beginning and also because I teach classical guitar. That’s probably why all the compositions on newcenturyguitar.com are currently only available in normal notation, not TAB.
I’m a bit ambivalent on TABs, to be honest. If it makes it easier for someone to get into playing guitar, I’m all for it, how could I not be? I know that it can be difficult enough as it is to learn a complex new skill, without any further complication caused by the necessity of learning to read a cryptic code such as musical notation.
But I still cannot help feeling and thinking that when it comes to not only playing but *understanding* music, seeing its underlying structure, traditional notation has to be superior. The difficulties that reading traditional notation causes when you start learning to play are more than offset by the insights that it brings when you’ve mastered it.
How do you feel about this? I’ve made a little poll, please give your vote, and check back later to see what others have voted!