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View Poll Results: Which tab type do you prefer?
Six tab lines, with fret numbers placed on the lines 32 78.05%
Seven tab lines, with fret numbers in the spaces between lines 3 7.32%
No problem with either 4 9.76%
I'm too good for tab - play by ear 2 4.88%
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Old 11-28-2017, 07:48 AM
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Hello, what is your preferred format for commercially available guitar tablature?
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Would have voted had there been a choice for music notation just above the tab.

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The tab numbers between the lines are harder for me to sight read quickly. Probably because I'm just used to the on the line method. Stephan Grossman uses the space method. Good music inspite of the tab methodology. I just adapt and go slower.
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I've known about tabs for years, but, never used them. Give me a chord diagram and I can do it. I didn't vote because there's no option for "never use them".
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Actually, I prefer standard tab, six lines with frets on the lines...BUT WITH STANDARD NOTATION ON A STAFF ABOVE. To me tabs by themselves are this side of useless. Knowing where to put your fingers is only useful if you know WHEN to put your fingers there. Also, especially with altered tunings, if you're trying to previsualize what the written music is supposed to sound like, tab by itself just doesn't cut it.
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Prefer fret number on the line, with all timing marks also added or notation combined. I do it this way myself and when I need to provide to others, they have no problem with note location or timing.
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I've known about tabs for years, but, never used them. Give me a chord diagram and I can do it. I didn't vote because there's no option for "never use them".
Yep, tabs are for sissies.
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Would have voted had there been a choice for music notation just above the tab.

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Me too I like both, tab for finger choice and position and music notation for what it sounds like. I often change the positions to what suits me later on.
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Thanks for all the responses. I consider notation above the tab to be a separate issue, as it can occur above either form of tab.
What I'm trying to gauge here is, what is preferred - fret numbers on the lines, or fret numbers in the spaces.
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When I learned what tablature was (in the mid 70s) my teacher just used regular staff paper with the spaces, including above and below the staff, being the strings. If I write something in tablature today I still do it the same way.
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When I use Tab, I use six lines and fret #'s on the lines...

And I certainly don't have any problem knowing when to play the note, or timing issues in any way...
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I voted for the traditional 6 line TAB, but I also think TAB should always be paired with standard notation.
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Thanks for all the responses. I consider notation above the tab to be a separate issue, as it can occur above either form of tab.
What I'm trying to gauge here is, what is preferred - fret numbers on the lines, or fret numbers in the spaces.
Definitely on the lines, if only because that's conventional.

It's also more intuitive, because it means the lines represent the strings themselves, with the numbers like fingertips. With the other system, you have to imagine the *spaces between the lines* as the strings - which is weird.

I've only ever seen one person use the spaces version and that's Stefan Grossman. I'm guessing the only advantage is that the numbers are clearer against white space than against a line. But then software (like ASCII tab) enables breaks in the line around the numbers, so that advantage disappears - unless you're drawing the lines by hand. I'm guessing that's how Stefan developed his method.
Do you know any other (or earlier) examples of that method?
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I would like chord designations above finger picking tabs. I'd go over country blues finger picking tabs and figure out what chord the originator was playing out of.
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