Tab makes you lazy.
Learn to read music! Statment is poking fun[B/B]
Ahh the "tab makes you lazy" fallacy!
Tab gets you started much quicker, providing a well of confidence one can draw from. Reading is one of those far down the road skills that takes a long time to perfect, but once perfected will provide that high hanging fruit that people who only read tab can't reach.
Do both! Tab will help you immensely in the beginning, but reading will help you even more down the road.
Sure it does.
Every last kid I know that learned via tab, has no idea what chords are.
Only string and fret number.
Tab is a last resort, when I can't figure out something with my ears.
Well shit MissB, I've played for 22yrs and still can't get past Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge but I know I can shred a diminished arpeggio with any old augmented 6th any day. And I started out reading Metallica tabs when I was a "kid"!
Point being, reading isn't necessary to learn how to play a guitar and make music with it, but it sure can help if you want to make a career out of it (teaching lessons.. lmao!)! Gee, maybe if I had learned how to read I wouldn't be posting a self-affirming reply to your post right now and instead be on tour across some foreign country having all sorts of nefarious relations with the local ... fans... lol ... just sayin'
I'm happy that you've achieved success with your band. That's ace. I wish more success to you. Seriously I'm not being a prick.
My real beef with tab is that I can't "jam" with my friends who are actually REALLY REALLY good guitar and bass without having to show them on the neck where they're supposed to be playing.
I can't just write down the root note for them to refer to for changes. This is really helful with power chords even. I love power chords!
Knowing the names of the notes and how they correspond to their place on the neck is invaluable for quickly getting an idea across.
Learning music encourages a certain way of thinking, that helps form cohesion between a musical unit.
I've also seen the opposite, where the player knows too much theory, the music gets stale and dull.
Like they're bound by the rules a little too much.
Shredding is great, but for folk with physical impairment (like myself), it's just off the cards.
I'm not disabled, but I've got these weird growths on my tendons (which reduce movement over the knuckle) and I had an accident about 15 years ago which I never properly recovered from and have never been able to shred again