As a fingerstyle player I love various tab collections of my favorite artists: Juber, Huttlinger, Kottke, and so on. I have noticed players of this caliber are constantly asked, perhaps more then any other question, "Do you have any tab?" I remember as a young person wearing out records trying to figure out the licks to certain songs. There was no tab! If you bought a music book, it had just that, music in standard notation, and it may or may not have been written in the original key. Usually it favored piano players. Like many guitar players I had never taken the time to really learn to read music. What a shame! Lately however, I have been making a serious effort to do so. I bought two books of classical guitar arrangements for Beatles songs. Both were in standard notation. After getting frustrated trying to figure out what to play, I decided to transfer them to tab. I have been using Guitar Pro. In transferring the songs I have learned so much about timing, note values, the fingerboard, and so on. It has been a wonderful experience. I have become a much better player and more confident. So here's my question: Do you think tab has led been a help or hindrance? I certainly have learned a lot through various tab pieces. However, musically I found myself lacking. Is just being able to play another person's music all we're after, or would we like to be able to create our own arrangements? Since I have been learning more about standard notation, I have actually written out some of my own arrangements! What great joy and satisfaction that is! How rewarding! I put the work in. I labored over it. I don't know how I would react, if, after doing all the work and laboring over the piece for weeks, to have someone ask, "Do you have any tab?" I guess it has given me another perspective. Being able to do my own arrangements means I don't have to wait for tab to come out on a certain song. I can listen to the song and score it myself. So what do you all think?