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The ideal route for any guitarist is to first learn tabs and then learn sheet music if the need arises.
Every guitarist has different preferences when it comes to notating their musical ideas, or learning new pieces. All too often, the preference is rooted in the guitarists' “musical ego” and is biased towards a preferred method. But this, in my opinion, is rooted in ignorance. There is no right way to play music. On the other hand, you should also have the confidence to use what works for you and don’t apologize for it.
Our inherent bias for one notation or the other seems to stem from our personal musical histories and upbringings. The self taught metalhead may favor tablature, and the high school band nerd may prefer sheet music. A Jazz musician will use lead sheet symbols. And for all you church goers, don’t even get me started on figured bass!
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