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spoken into existence

Posted by robin jones on Friday, May 8, 2009

Man, sometimes I wish I could, as the Creator can, speak things into existence. Can't do it though, and as a result I'm only now getting back into shape, banjo-pickin' wise.

This afternoon though, I wanted to weigh in, once again, on the tab versus no tab thing. I've stated before in various places about the Hangout that I think learning to play is mostly about training the ear and that any medium that helps you do that is a good thing.

With tab, I can pick up things in an hour or so that might have taken me a week to try and learn from the audio file. I'm not saying that learning things off "records" isn't important. On the contrary, if one could only learn tunes one way, then I'd think records would more fun and in the end perhaps more productive. We don't live in an all or nothing world though.

I for one think tab is a mighty cool step-saver. That's it.

2 comments on “spoken into existence”

bsa Says:
Friday, May 8, 2009 @3:57:04 PM

There are a lot of people learning to play later in life and don't even have the advantage of listening to much of any type of music let alone Bluegrass or old time. I think that it is an advantage to know tunes in your head before you start to learn them on an instrument, more so if you are trying to learn them by ear. However one still has to work out how the sounds being played are reproduced on the instrument. I think tab is a quick way to find this out and i use it a lot, particularly for tunes with extended complicated breaks.


robin jones Says:
Friday, May 8, 2009 @4:11:02 PM

We're pretty much in the same place Dave...


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