> Date: Thu, 20 Sep 2012 07:54:01 -1000
> From: david <gnome@...>
> Subject: Re: [Rosegarden-user] Guitar notation vs. sound
> To: rosegarden-user <rosegarden-user@...>
> Message-ID: <505B5839.5060808@...>
> My lead guitarist's response to the whole thing of scores was that
> tablature is the only real guitar score, since it specifies string and
> fret. But his non-tab music reading skills are pretty limited (no
> classical training and he doesn't finger pick at all).
> So his reading would have been that the score doesn't give him the exact
> note. ;-)
Technically he's 100% correct as far as I can tell i.e. a
given note may well be precisely defined in terms of hertz
but there's more to it than that. Not only does timber or
tone vary much more widely but in the case of guitars the
fingering may also be more or less doable at a given fret.
That said, I'm sticking to the the conventional staff with
tabs utilised just for memorizing. An advanced guitarist
probably knows blindfolded all the multiple frets where he
can play any note off the staff and makes the choice instinctively.
Mid level players can probably live with just a 3 digit number
under the score (1st digit being the string number), and the
rest of us will just have to struggle on :-)
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