That’s a great explanation of what PRINTED BOOK TAB is and how most folk starting out use it with little or no guidance @Michael_Mark ( it’s the way I tried to learn from TAB in the beginning ) However Eli left out the most important tool for helping folks learn to play banjo, guitar & mandolin from TAB - TablEdit.
TablEdit and the TAB TEF Files not only allow you to read TABs it also allows folks to hear TABs and play along, (A virtual Jam Session.) It’s also is a valuable tool to help you with your timing and help achieve the goal of every banjo player, to learn to play faster.
In my experience the TAB Books and audio recordings that accompany the TABs are NOT a good resource for newbies learning to play banjo on their own. Often the recordings don’t match what is written. This is why banjobenclark.com is by far the best resource on the Internet because everything is explained in detail. The TAB is 100% accurate with the lesson (well maybe 99.9% accurate, We must allow some room for error .
Not everyone has the skills to pick up a banjo and play it by ear right of the bat. I wish it were so. Folks that can do that are blessed. Those of us who don’t have those skills are equally blessed because we have @BanjoBen and TablEdit to help us muddle through.
Eli is a great banjo player and teacher. I just wish more teachers and banjo players were less negative about the true value of TAB.
If TAB was so bad for students @BanjoBen wouldn’t use it and he wouldn’t encourage students to use TefView TablEdit.
End of RANT.