Memories of Mr. Berlin still haunt me into the need to qualify my use of the 2. First - I've finally come to believe that tab CAN be incredibly harmful. I trained my ears long before I think tab even existed and it's pretty easy for me to learn songs off of cds. I've learned that the more I do it, the easier it gets also. A few years ago I was only good for learning about 5 songs a week - now I can pretty much do that in a day if I really need to. I think tab can seriously hinder the development of that skill. Tab DOES however prove invaluable to me in the learning of riffs that would otherwise be virtually impossible for me to learn by ear. Jaco kinda riffs. I'm playing with a guy now, www.bumblefoot.com who has some bass riffs on his cd that are mind boggling. He was kind enough to tab them all cuz he plays with a lot of bassists, and along with the tab and my trusty metronome - it is becoming possible for me to accomplish the impossible. What the metronome allows me to do is take the notes of these 1 or 2 bar riffs, and play them over and over and over until my hands memorize them. I'll play a riff 10 - 20 times, rest 5 seconds and raise the speed. Keep raising the speed till I can't go anymore and then take a longer rest and drop the speed again. I do this for an hour or so - put the bass down, and when I come back to it later or the next day the riffs just fly out of my hands. It's exhilerating. It works. Metronomes and tab can be really great tools. Please share your thoughts and agreement with us all.