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Reading Ukulele TAB - Alternate Notation
Reading Music is the ability to reproduce music from written notation. It includes five phases: note recognition, alternate note locations, rhythm recognition, fingering considerations, communication terminology and interpretations. (From Wikipedia)
TAB or Tablature is an alternate form of musical notation, which tells players where to place their fingers on a particular instrument rather than which pitches to play.
Generally speaking, tablature is commonly used by informally trained musicians in folk, popular and rock music.
Alternate Notation - TAB, short for tablature is very common alternate music notation used in the guitar world. Tablature has a history in lute music of past centuries and has found it way in to the guitar world of today and has been used as an alternate notation for ukulele. TAB is not very common for other instruments.
TAB is used mostly by beginning students without the time or desire to read standard music notation. It is widely used in the mainstream guitar media. TAB is typically presented along side standard music notation although a few guitar magazines have drop the standard music notation part. From the five phases of reading music TAB typically only shows the note location. It shows what string and fret to play the note on. Some TAB also shows the rhythmic duration of the note. Fingering considerations are typically left up to the player as in standard music notation, but can be shown.
TAB can not show the contour and rhythmic density of music., or address the ukulele’s ability to play the same note at alternate locations.
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