The only real difference between modern tabs and standard notation is that numbers are replaced by little dots.
- that glues you to one position - aping the person that tabbed the piece of music. Most tabbers are so slavish in their tabbing that they include every missed/fluffed note in the performance. Standard notation gives you the pitch that is to be played, where you play it is up to you.
- Transcribing standard notation is easier than transcribing tab
- 99% of tab - yes, even "modern" tab - give absolutely NO indication of timing.
- Standard notation allows an easier transition to alternate tunings than tab - you don't have to change the standard notation to play in dropped D or whatever - in tab, you do.
-Tab doesn't allow for 7-string or baritone guitars - standard notation doesn't care.
But since I know in what key I am playing that is rather unneeded.
There are not many tabs that bother to tell you what key you're playing in, particularly not the txt tabs.
Besides, 'first string sixth fret' is atleast simple and basic. Once you finally know where the dots of the sheet are on your fretboard you can start all over again when you tune your guitar to something different then standard tuning whereas a tab is straightforward as long as you tune in the same way as the tabmaker did. Which is because standard notation obviously wasn't invented for the guitar.
- Yes, 'first string sixth fret' is simple and basic - it is also tying you to playing it that way, unless you rewrite the tab - you don't need that with standard notation.
Once you finally know where the dots of the sheet are on your fretboard you can start all over again when you tune your guitar to something different then standard tuning....................
Yes, but standard notation doesn't require that you rewrite your tab when you change to another tuning.
...........whereas a tab is straightforward as long as you tune in the same way as the tabmaker did.
and if not, you rewrite your tab. Now, that is NOT a feature.
- because tab doesn't have a clear time element, you need to have heard a song to give a convincing performance from tab
I write my stuff in tab on a computer, and you know why? Because it allows me to indicate dynamics and tempo FAR more detailled then sheet music can ever go.
Can you post some of this "Wondertab", please?
I mean *really*, since when does this allow me to play anything even remotely the way Beethoven intended it to be played? Everyone who knows something about classical music knows people have debated how pieces should be played for hundreds of years and we still have no real clue. Standard notation is not accurate.
Standard notation will give you a sporting chance to get near what Beethoven had in mind. Tab will not and cannot came anywhere near. Tab is an interpretation of a performance. It is not a transcription of the way the composer intended it.
How often does tab ever give you dynamics? Many don't even give you tempo. Don't forget that many, if not all, of the symbols, used in tab, have been taken from standard notation.
Standard notation is far more accurate than tab, which is based upon what the tabber hears in a performance (who knows, the musician may have learnt from tab, mistakes and all?).
Difference being that my tab would be slightly more accurate
It is only accurate for your performance, in your tuning. It is not applicable to a sax player or a pianist.
And programming a proper tab takes a lot more time then writing standard notation.
And that is supposed to be a feature?
whereas my tab would contain all bass, guitar, drums, piano, vocal and whatnot lines.
How do you tab drums, piano, vocals and whatnots?
And after being written in tab it can transform it to standard notation for the piano-player to read.
Although I have to admit they could make the transformation a bit less sloppy, no technical reason why it cannot be done 100% accurately, apart from the flaws of standard notation.
It's the weaknesses and strictures in tab that are the problem, not the weaknesses in standard notation.