1. colours, forget it, won't work. 2. you don't need to or want to display fingerings in a tab, people have different styles and use different fingerings to play stuff. 3. Rendering tabs as an image makes it almost impossible for anyone to modify the tabs afterwards (ie, to send corrections to a tab site's webmaster for example). 4. As to showing colours in html (as opposed to image) forget that too, technically tabs are shown on tab sites with the 'pre' tag, which does not allow font tags to be used inside, and makes it impossible to use colours.
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quote: I do however think it is necessary to Prismtab all of the chords in tablature databases instead of just using x?s and 0?s. Many chords I?ve seen on websites also don?t show the barre or frets, which is also necessary.
Neither are necessary. Different people use different fingerings for different chords, and if you have even the basic clue for guitar playing, you don't need to know barre or especially the frets (this should be obvious, it not you need to read up on your theory).
1. You made a statement, but didn't back it up. Why don't you think colors will work?
2. Regardless of your style there are better ways to play a lick or a line ergonomically. In the article it states about using Prismtab as an accessory. So in certain lines from my experience, usually licks that go from string to string and up and down the fret board at the same time, I sometimes have trouble as to figuring out how to do it. I wish I had an example to show you, but I don't as of now. Let's say though little Johnny B Good is an adamant Stevie Ray Vaughn fan and wants to know exactly what fingerings he used. How would he know?
3/4. I don't plan on rendering the tabs as images. I only had to do that because I was using a WYSIWYG web program and couldn't get the background to change to white for only that specific part. I have a web savvy friend that attempted to explain how to get it to work, but I don't really understand yet, but he says there's a way to do it.
If you've played guitar and know where each note is on the fret board, then yes you could discern that you don't need to know where the bar is or what fret your on in regards to the note. Most beginners don't know these things. Chances are if you're reading tabs in the first place you might not know anything about reading music or know what the note names are to find the root of the bar.
Your perspective comes from that of an experienced guitar player. I however am looking through the eyes of the least common denominator, the beginner. I've completed college music theory 1-4, but I honestly couldn't tell you where every single G# is on the fret board, something I should work on. Personally, my primary instrument is percussion, but that is just an excuse. So again I'll say to have the perspective of a beginner and then analyze this style of tab.
You are the first of many to disagree with Prismtab, so please continue on with the debate. I look forward to reading your arguments.
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