Things To Avoid in Tab

Things To Avoid in Tab

Tab Wraparound

One of the most common problems in writing TAB is text wraparound.

This makes the TAB almost impossible to read but is very easily avoided.

The problem occurs when you write a line of TAB which is maybe 80 or 90 characters long. For a lot of people this is too wide for their screen, so what should be a single line of tab ends up being split onto two lines.

Here is what it looks like :

E---------------------------------------------0------------------------------------------------
B---------------------------------------2--4-----4--2----------------------------------------
G------------------------------1--2--4-----------------4--2--1------------------------------
D---------------------1--2--4-----------------------------------4--2--1---------------------
A------------0--2--4-----------------------------------------------------4--2--0------------
E---0--2--4-----------------------------------------------------------------------4--2--0---

Now this will probably look pretty weird when you see it. When I wrote it, using Windows 'Notepad', it looked fine because I could fit the whole thing on one screen.

For most newsreaders though, it is too long and you run into problems.

All you have to do is be careful when you type in TAB so that the maximum width of a line is say 60 characters.

If you limit your TABs in the same way, you should be OK.

Of course, if TAB *does* get wrapped around the author might not realise because it looked fine on his/her screen when they wrote it. It might be worth letting them know of the problem, so they can be careful in the future.

Very squashed TAB

It's amazing how easy it is to ruin an otherwise good piece of TAB by not spacing it out so that the end result is a mass of cramped TAB, explanations, labels etc.

When you finish typing up, go back through the TAB and see if you can insert a few blank lines here and there to separate verse from chorus or whatever. It really does make it a lot easier for others to read.

It might also be worth considering if you've included too much detail in the TAB. Usually this will not be the case, but I have seen a few TABs which go into great details, but are extremely off-putting to try to read because of the sheer quantity of information (information overload!).

This completes our course on Tab Notation - thanks for listening - we wish you good mental health!

Oh!

And happy Tabbing too!

 

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