Topic: To read or not read music, that is the question.
I have always wanted to ask that question and this looks like a nice place to start the thread.
I would like to start the thread off by getting some feedback on the following questions.
Do you know how to read standard music notation (G clef)?
Do you read guitar tab?
If you read guitar tab, what are the main reasons why you like guitar tab over standard notation?
If so, how long have you been reading music?
If not, then what has stopped you from learning how to read standard notation?
If you do read music, how long have you been reading and how difficult was it for you?
What is your overall opinion on reading standard music notation?
Lastly, do you think it is helpfull or, do you think it is a waste of time because it is too hard and takes too long?
As for me, I learned how to read guitar tab first and then learned how to read standard notation.
I have met people who could play a peice of music in standard notation like they were reading a newspaper and it didn't matter how complex the peice was.
What I did notice is that these types of players play everything "exactly as written" and lose a sense of feeling because they follow the music literally.
Also many times players who are read music well DEPEND on the sheetmusic and are reluctant to learn songs without sheetmusic.
I will come back to this thread and answer the questions as posted, but figured these comments would to good for now.
I am looking forward to hearing your thoughts and experiences.