Tablature Versus Standard Notation Among Hobby Guitarists

Some time ago I put a poll to a popular online guitar school’s website and asked visitors how do they learn their new pieces and this is what I got: imageSeems that I have an intelligent audience because the majority can read music 🙂 OK, these are mostly grown up people (mean age 27 years, 66% male) and this is they way it should be. To verify my results and to see if anything has changed, I repeated the poll a year later and got very similar results: image (1)Here I have put the both polls together and it seems pretty safe to assume that these are the proportions that I could use when planning my business: image (2) Then I thought: ‘Wait a minute, I asked how they learn mostly, but it can be that some people read both tab and standard notation.’ Again, I just asked them. This is what I got: image (3) Seems like I was right – of course there are people who read both notations. And it looks like most of the people are happy with what they have as only about 15% say they don’t read music but would like to.