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How important is learning real music when learning guitar?

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by Numinosity (by Gary J Wood)

Question by brad: How important is learning real music when learning guitar?
I used to play piano and I can read sheet music, but it’s far easier when playing guitar to just go off of tabs to learn songs. If all I want to do is learn to play songs on guitar, how important is learning to play sheet music on a guitar? My teacher at school says sheet music is better in the long run.

Best answer:

Answer by LucasMan
Well, standard notation actually relates MUSICAL information… tablature doesn’t.

Regardless of whether or not tablature is easier, standard notation is far superior. It’s also a really handy skill to have. If I’m trying to teach a band a song, and they’re having trouble with a part, I’m elated if I can just hand them some sheet music and they can play it. I really don’t have the time to babystep them through a part. I’ll just find a better musician.

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