I have written many songs in a rock band setting and I have notated them in a multitude of ways including lead sheets, standard scores written in Finale, and guitar tabulate. Over the years I have noticed it is not guaranteed that a skilled musician will be familiar with all forms of notation and some are not familiar with any types of musical notation. Because I have worked with many musicians and plan to work with many more I would prefer to write out my songs using one form of notation instead of many. Which type of notation would be best for most members of a rock band?
Just for clarification when I think of a rock band I think of a vocalist, guitarist, bassist, drummer, and keyboardist so the notation I am looking for would have to be useful for all of them.
The reason why I am asking this question is that there is already a standard for different types of musical groups. If you are a member of an ensemble or an orchestra, you would be handed sheet music for new songs. If you are in a wedding band or you are a session musician, you would receive lead sheets for new songs. If you are learning non classical guitar or bass, any exercisers would be notated in tab.
While in many cases you can listen to the new songs or exercisers, the notation is there to guide you when you don't know it. I can't tell you how many times I've been in a band that forgets a good chunk of their own songs and then even have trouble remembering their part if it was recorded. Most of the time in a rock setting unless you are playing out you don't have access to a recoding of your song.
Because of this I would like to give out the notation that is best suited for a rock band so we can at least have a road map of our own song even if everyone is not 100% fluent with the method.