lachenal74693 Posted August 7, 2021 Share Posted August 7, 2021 (edited) 2 hours ago, MJGray said:  Indeed. I'm the kind of weirdo who thinks it's fun to try to replicate what was going on with the instrument when it was invented, so that's useful to me.  I guess the end goal for all of us is to be able to turn music on a page into music in your ears, so the system that is the shortest path to that is what we should use. Is the best way to do that the same for everyone? Clearly not, based on this thread. Honestly, "translating" tab from one system to another is not a bad exercise, and has helped me figure out tunes now and then.  I'm the kind of weirdo, who, even though he doesn't 'like' a particular (button-numbering/tabbing) system, and never plans to actually use it, will investigate it because it's 'interesting'. That's how I acquired 8 printed tutors and PDFs of several (3/4) 'old' systems from the start of the 20th century. Harking back to what MikeFule said in an earlier post, I only ever really 'used' 4 tutors, and as Nos 2, 3, and 4 were effectively the same, I really only ever used two tutors - so I avoided the confusion he warns against, though it is surely a potential danger...  Thinking about what's been said in this thread, I've realised that (probably) the most important tutor one uses is the one that you eventually 'write for yourself'. That's the one which contains the tunes you want to learn coupled with the numbering/tabbing system which you have settled on. It might contain elements from more than one system, so yes, it makes sense to be at least partially 'bi-lingual' in at least two systems... How you go about creating that tutor is a personal thing? You can buy tune-books (as opposed to tutors) which contain tunes for the genres you are interested in, and pencil the tabs in below each tune[*] (starting with the ones you can already hear in your head), or you can raid the internet and download ABC tune-books, print off only the tunes you want and pencil the tabs in below each tune[*], and so on, and on... Bob's yer uncle! Job done... ________________________ [*] As the process of writing tabs in by hand is slow, tedious and error prone, if you're a real weirdo, you will write a program to do the job for you - it has the merit of keeping you off the streets and out of the public-houses, and fills in quite a bit of time during a global epidemic... Edited August 7, 2021 by lachenal74693 3 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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