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Notation vs Tablature

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by RxFunk, Jan 26, 2013.

  1. RxFunk


    Dec 2, 2012
    So, I've been trying to get more into using notation instead of tab, but I'm finding it a little difficult. I try to translate songs from tab to notation so I will hopefully be able to improve my sight reading, but some stuff isn't working so well, so I just have a quick question on how you represent some things in notation that are easily readable in tab. My main query is hammer-ons, pull-offs, slides, and bends. What are the notation symbols for all of these?
  2. Clef_de_fa


    Dec 25, 2011
    Hammer on and pull off are in reality "legato" playing. It is an arc starting on the first note and ending on the last note. So only the first note is hit with the plucking hand. If you pluck again during the legato passage then you start a new arc symbol.

    Slide are called glissando and there is two variation. the one where you hear every notes and the one where you don't hear every notes. In both case you will put a pointing up line ( or down ) between the first note and the one you want to stop on. Then if you hear every note between them you put a legato symbol above it.

    Bend you have to put an arrow that start straight then bend upward with a fraction like ¼ that mean how much bending you have to do.
  3. jabsys


    Mar 30, 2011
  4. RxFunk


    Dec 2, 2012
    Okay, that clears a lot of it up for me, thanks for your quick reply as well!
  5. RxFunk


    Dec 2, 2012
  6. Fergie Fulton

    Fergie Fulton Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2008
    Retrovibe Artist rota
    Stick with it, the SN will support your tab reading and understanding, and your tab will support SN and reading...eventually the two merge into one and all you see and hear are notes.....that is eventually.its not one system over the other, you will develop the skill to see and hear notes from both of them.
    Its habit, develop the habit to read a bit every day and before you know it... it will be under your fingers.:)
  7. RxFunk


    Dec 2, 2012
    Thanks, I'm about to go practice, I just finished filing down the nut and I'm waiting for the glue to dry, then I'm gonna play:)