I’m a new digital subscriber to GT who, being a hobbyist, was finding myself mainly just playing some favourite songs rather than practicing and therefore not making much progress as a player. I’m finding the iPad edition a nice way to both try out some new things and actually do some real practice. I found the letter in Talkback interesting, however, where the reader was saying to only bother with showing tab. My reading is very slow and with tab available and often more useful to read quickly as a guitarist it isn’t likely to get much faster in a hurry.However, I agree with what Steve Vai once said, that a music score is itself a thing a beauty, and seeing the chord names and complete harmony really does help you get a better understanding of why something works. Please therefore do keep up with the standard notation!
One thing that can be missing still for guitarists, even with tab and a score, is where you need to finger a chord shape and yet only play some of these notes - often in different ways. For example Eric Johnson often plays those beautiful mixed harp harmonic and standard note arpeggios and without a quick way of seeing the chord shape to finger you can’t really sight read and play the notes at speed on the spot. Maybe a chord box is what’s required?
Finally, is it me or are there fewer transcription books for complete albums these days? I have all the Joe Satriani books up to and including Black Swans and Worm Hole Wizards, but there has never been a book for Unstoppable Momentum or Shockwave Supernova. The same with Chickenfoot III. Yes, there were sometimes errors or simplifications in the official books but they were still a better start than most of the efforts you find online. These days all the books just seem to be recycled ‘best ofs’ which have all been available over for years. I don’t know if it is artist popularity or the economics of printing books
but it is disappointing. We totally agree about notation, Matthew, so have no fear, it will be staying. We do try to put chord boxes in where we feel it would help, but often space is the issue and we end up having to cram things in where we’d really like to spread them out. Point taken, though. I don’t have an answer on the tab book situation, but these things are usually about supply and demand, so perhaps people are more interested in Ed Sheeran and Gabrielle Aplin chord songbooks than high-end rock guitar?
The GT iPad version is an incredibly userfriendly option