I've never really been a huge tab user, but I've recently discovered that, for anything other than the odd bit here and there, I really don't get along with it very well.
I find it really kinda doubles the work up. Learning just a series of disembodied sequences of fret numbers gets tackled as a memory test, then I have to see how it relates/becomes the lick/phrase/sequence.
Standard notation is a big help, as it also gives the rhythmical value, but I'm really not good at site reading, never was, so it's not hugely different. I still need to do a lot more detective work than I'd like.
I've found that I just work best by ear. I loop a section at a time, and slow it down where necessary (a lot). I can make much quicker progress this way.
Anyone else find this?
I learn songs exclusively by tab. Unless there's no tab, of course.