What are tabs / tablature?
Tabs or tablature are a form of musical notation
Tablature notation describes exactly what string, fret, or finger to play for any particular note. In contrast, modern staff notation describes the note in relationship to other tones.
For example, this is a tab:
...and this is staff notation:
Compared to modern staff notation, tablature for stringed instruments can be more intuitive to read quickly. Because of this, it has gained popularity amoungst musicians who wish to share songs with a wide audience at varying levels of musical education.
How Tab Lab uses tabs and staff notation
Tab Lab's rendering engine, VexFlow, is capable of rendering either tablature or staff notation (or both) from a single set of instructions.
Users can write thier own music using either fret/string syntax or note/octave syntax.
tabstave notation = true time = 4/4
notes 3/1 ## E/4 ##
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