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Re: Lute tablature

From: David Raleigh Arnold
Subject: Re: Lute tablature
Date: Wed, 21 May 2003 14:30:06 -0400

On Wednesday 21 May 2003 01:21 pm, Laura Conrad wrote:
> >>>>> "David" == David Raleigh Arnold <address@hidden> writes:
>     David> On Tuesday 20 May 2003 06:21 pm, William R Brohinsky wrote:
>     >> >> This whole subject would be considerably reduced in breadth
>     >> >> if one simple thing can be understood: lute tab is not
>     >> >> banjo tab. It isn't the popular internet guitar tab either.
>     David> Of course it is.  There is hardly any difference at all.
>     >> Except that the stems give you some note length information.
>     David> The stems are on the notation, not the tablature.
> No, in the Dowland facsimiles, the stems are above the tablature
> staff, but they're definitely part of the tablature.  They are
> indications of how many beats between this lute chord and the next
> one.  This is information that internet guitar tab (as far as I know)
> doesn't have, but lute tab does.

Guitar tab is utterly beneath me.  I have utter contempt for it.  Banjo 
tab is necessary to supplement notation, not to replace it.  Lute tab 
is the language of a dead instrument, and it is a large part of the 
reason that the instrument is dead.  Of course one needs stems, but tab 
stems aren't worth much because tab only has *one voice*, and that is a 
*serious* limitation in spite of all the braggadoccio coming from some 
other lute players.  DaveA

The biggest losers of all are the winners of an unjust war.
The wars are not over.  Just the winning part is over.
Bush lied.  Thousands died.  dra@

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