Some time ago I saw several requests for a violin tab to be developed for MS. There was even some support for it, and I believe one MS developer wrote he/she was working on it. I have since been wondering why this is necessary. I understand the need for guitar tablature since to include the guitar part on a regular staff would make the score harder to read and even make the guitar part harder to play since they are mostly strumming or playing chords. I've seen some tablatures written when the guitar is playing the melody, but it seems to me that the use of tabs is unnecessarily restrictive.
Violin music uses two notehead styles (regular and harmonic) as well as a lot of ornamentation. (I do admit that when a violin plays double stops [or triple or quadruple stops] the tab notation would be easier to read, except in the higher positions.) In addition, for faster music, following a tab seems to be more complicated than it is worth. I don't want to seen crass, unrefined, indelicate, insensitive, thick, coarse, callus, harsh, grim, unpleasant, rough, jarring, or even unpleasant, but wouldn't it be easier to just learn to read music?
I have been playing violin for over 50 years and have yet to feel the need for tabs.
What do you think?