notation instead of tabs
Hello my darlings.
So I just started taking lessons with a new teacher and he wants me to study and transcribe all my bass lines as notation instead of tabs.
I'm looking forward to an approach like this because actually, I totally hate tabs and find them really annoying, as someone who started out reading music as a kid (when I took piano lessons).
Of course I'm a little rusty at reading bass clef, which is kinda frustrating...but it's starting to come back to me day by day. I've been giving myself homework in Garageband where I'll play a bass line on keys (as MIDI) and then view it as notation so that I can get better at reading.
But I just really wish there were more resources out there for bassists who want to learn bass lines by reading and transcribing them, instead of by ear...anyone know of any websites or anything? Should I just get Sibelius and start doing this myself?
Thanks in advance!
edit: ooooh, I just found The Bassment (thebassment.info) and they have downloadable tabs AND notation! Yay!
There are a couple of sites that have notation bass lines- not many. The issue you will run into is most actual basslines for rock songs are not actually written correctly in notation, it is usually a left-hand piano part- and many times NOT even close to what the bass guitar actually plays.
If you play jazz tunes, there are more notated songs.
Personally I use chord charts and tabs to learn songs, and sometimes notation if there aren't too many sharps and flats.
Also, as you likely realize, unlike piano, stringed instruments generally have several alternative places to find identically pitched notes and notation won't necessarily be the best guide to finding the best way to play a note sequence (best sounding, most efficient, least difficult, using fretted notes, using open strings...). Tab, on the other hand isn't too great for music of unknown time/tempo etc. Wish I could read notation.
Another thing you will find is that the overall quality of any notation you find will be much higher than that of tabs. Musicians who have taken the time to learn to read and write notation will typically produce better transcriptions.
There are lots of sight reading books available from different publishers, too.
maybe tab is useful for bedroom players who don't play with anyone else, but i can't see how it helps you communicate w/ other musicians? Standard notation opens up the whole world of music and you can then speak the same language as any other musician. STRONG recommendation for notation over tab.
Transcriptions are the way to go. I get zero nuance from TAB, so don't use it. I would rather put my ears on a piece of music and learn that way than to utilize TABs. Maybe it is time to transcribe a piece a month, or a piece a week to post over at thebassment.com A library of quality transcriptions would be usefulů
+1 to standard notation.
How are you getting any more nuance from a transcription vs. a tab that has note lengths and hammer-on, slide notations?
I've seen bits a pieces of these notations in some better tabs, but have never seen a tab convey a tune completely with out the ability to listen to the tune.
Do you have better examples?
Don't get me wrong, I'm 55 and get most of my information from tabs, but typically they're good for a lick or chord basics, the rest I get from listening to the tune... I used to condense these down further to chord patterns and organize 3/page but at this point, I don't bring notes to gigs unless I've only rehearsed the tune 1x and had questions....
Often I'll dig through a pile of tabs written for a popular tune to find something correct... as most seem written by first year players with limited hearing.
BUT when I sit in with the 18 piece jazz band (vs the rock bands I love) its all old school.... standard notation and sometimes a few chords.. that I copy and put cheats on due to my near 30 year break...
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