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05/17/2020 5:33 pm

Glad my reply helped.

Originally Posted by: Jake_22Do you mean that instead of a regular slide where we'd just play the 6th fret and slide up to the 7th, here we'd also play the 7th after sliding down to it ?[/quote]

No, I mean that the arc is kind of redundant. The act of hitting the 6th fret & sliding up one fret to the 7th (without striking it again) is a legato articulation. So the arc indicates that there is legato. But the slide already indicates that. This is a result of trying to combine the established traditions of music notation to the peculiar & often idiosyncratic nature of tab for guitar. :)[br][br]So when you ask this:

Originally Posted by: Jake_22Since a slide is already smooth by nature, then legato here would mean actually plucking the string once on the 6th fret and then on the 7th ?[/quote]

That's what it seems to indicate, so your thinking is clear! Unfortunately this is one of those cases where notation for guitar is misleading. Hope that makes sense.

Originally Posted by: Jake_22Here it is :

So you play & bend the string once at the downbeat of 1 on m. 34. Then you play the note again on beat 2. Then you play that note one more time on the upbeat (the "and") of beat 2 & gradually bend it until the end of m. 35 beat 1.

As I've noted the only reason for drawing 2 arcs is to indicate the location of beat 3 to keep time.

[quote=Jake_22]By the way, would you recommend trying to learn to read sheet music for the guitar or would it be more confusing than tabs ?

Yes, you should definitely learn how to read music notation. It will help you understand how music works making you a better musician; able to play music better & get more enjoyment from doing it.

But how far you go down that rabbit hole depends on your goals. Many guitarists only know the basics of notation & their playing skills are well beyond that knowledge simply by virute of the experience of time spent playing music.

For example, the solo you are learning is probably something Gilmour played "by ear". He knew from years of exerience playing that style of guitar which notes he wanted to play & when he wanted to play them. But it's not as if he sat down with a piece of blank sheet music & started to write the solo out then learn it & play it. Make sense?

But the more you know, the more you are able to understand & play accurately.

On the flip side of this I've seen many musicians struggle to learn something "by ear" when they could have very quickly learned it had they understood a little bit more about notation & simply read the line on the page.

If you are planning on doing music academically or professionally, then without a doubt, yes, start learning & reading music regularly. Otherwise, it depends on what your goals are.

[quote=Jake_22]I started following your music theory group of lessons here, and I learned that the same notes can be played in different strings ! Which is not the case in piano so I'm thinking it'd already be cnfusing figuring out at which place to choose the play a given on a sheet of music, meanwhile in the tabs, it's pretty clear.

Yes, welcome to the confusing nature of the guitar! :)

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