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Thread #36015   Message #497080
Posted By: Lin in Kansas
02-Jul-01 - 09:00 PM
Thread Name: Finger Picking TABS
Subject: RE: Finger Picking TABS

John In Remote Kansas (JIRK) on LIK's cookie

The TAB I've seen in commercial publication, for guitar, is pretty consistent, although there is enough variation that most extensive publications will include - somewhere - a description of the notation they use.

An example is "Acoustic Guitar" magazine, that shows (in each issue) how their diagrams indicate string, fret, and finger, along with hammers, slides, bends, and pulloffs, along with a "semi-tab" notation that merely indicates which finger to use on each "dot" in a conventional score.

Another example that differs somewhat is "Fingerstyle Guitar" magazine. Each issue includes a "Department" called "Music Notation Key" that explains the notation used. It is apparently their practice also to provide a CD with each issue with "Selections preformed by the Featured Artists."
(Recent issues that I've seen would indicate that they are heavily into alternate tunings.)

I can't really comment on the quality of either of these mags, since I don't do guitar or TAB, but I have looked at them occasionally when they feature an interesting tune.

TAB for other instruments is probably less consistent, and frequently depends more on what compositing resources are available. If ya cain't draw it, ya cain't print it.

Anything that serves as a "picture" of the note(s) to be played will do.