I see a number of responses to threads that belittle tabs. As a newbie, I couldn't live without tabs. I know I need to learn to read music and more importantly, listen by ear and play. But at this point, I can do neither. If it weren't for tabs, I'd be stuck playing scales instead of the few songs I've learned. I'm running scales too, but I feel it's important to also practice playing in time to a song. So my question is, why all the hate for tabs?