My call for advice involves music nomenclature of intermediate-level bass players who can’t read sheet music. I am such a bass player, self-taught and want to take my playing to the next level. My goal is to be able to quickly learn pop and rock songs so that I can play along to backing tracks and then to play with others in a band. I can do this with relatively simple songs based on my listening skills and knowledge of the song. So far, I have been able to avoid non-standard tuning and capos.
The guitar chord sheet is my primary tool for relatively simple songs involving little more than the root note of the chord. If a little more rhythm or spice is needed I may include its 5th or its arpeggio. So far so good. The challenge for me comes when the song is more complex and a significant number of "intermediate" notes should be played in between the chord changes or in the case where the bass is carrying all or part of the melody. For this I try to learn the song using a bass TAB which is much more granular. In either case, I always produce a Word document for the song since there are always custom elements and formatting required.
Chord sheets have the advantage of displaying the root of the chord. They also contain the lyrics, which are immeasurably useful in navigating from the beginning of the song to the end. They also indicate where the chord is located; either on, before or after a lyric and for me, they can usually be packed into 2 printed pages so that I can avoid page flipping when the printout is on my music stand. Almost always I need to edit these sheets to strip out chords that I don’t need. These and other small edits are not a problem for me. But the down side is chord sheets rarely, if ever, show the intermediate notes that the bass player should be playing; this is a major drawback.
Here is a good example of a chord sheet I am trying to learn on the bass.
TAB on the other hand, does show each individual note for the bass player but typically contain no lyrics and often is so lengthy that there is no hope of packing it into 2 pages while having the font size large enough to be readable.
So here is the same song in TAB format, notice that the granularity and level of tonal detail is much higher than that of the chord sheet; but the lyrics aren’t there.
Other examples would be the melodic bass lines created by Paul McCartney and Sting.
My question: Is there a nomenclature for 4-string bass players that combines the advantages of both the chord sheet and the TAB ?
Thanks for any tips or ideas.
PS. Please be somewhat gentle with any answer, I have had no formal training and still trying to learn bits of music theory when I can.