Now days reading and writing music has become viewed by the average guitarist as unnecessary, but what has become a useful tool to the normal rock-loving guitarist is guitar tablature. Even if you can already read music, it is much easier and cheaper to learn songs by rock guitarists in the form of tabs. Guitar tabs have become one of the most important music sources to many and a necessity to majority. It is one of the best ways to learn all your favorite songs by popular artists. That is why it is important to learn this easy to use form of music notation. This lesson will go over the basics of guitar tablature and what you can expect out of the average set of tabs.

It may take a little while to get used to the way tabs are oriented. At first it seems like they are upside down. The number 1 string (lower case e) is actually the bottom string on the guitar neck; it is also the highest pitched and thinnest. The number 6 string (Upper case E) is actually the top string on the guitar neck; it is also the lowest pitched and thickest. So the top string on your guitar is on the bottom of the diagram and the bottom string on your guitar is on the top of the diagram.

1 – e|———————————————-|
2 – B|———————————————-|
3 – G|———————————————-|
4 – D|———————–5———————-|x2
5 – A|———3——–5-/7—7p5-3–5—5———|
6 – E|—5-3-5—-5-3-5—————–3—2——-|

Now that you have the basics lets reading this tab. The first 3 numbers on the tab are 5, 3, 5 and they are on the 6th string (Top string on Guitar). First we play the 5 on the 6th string, which means we hit the 6th string on the 5th fret. The next number is 3, which means we hit the 6th string on the 3rd fret. After that, the number is 5, which means we hit the 6th string on the 5th fret. Then to play the 3 on the 5th string, we simply hit the 5th string on the 3rd fret.
It is important to realize that tabs do not follow ridged rules like normal music notation. In one set of tabs 1^3 could mean slide from the first fret to the third fret, in another set of tabs it could mean hit the note on the 1st and bend to the note on the 3rd fret. Because individual tabs can be so different from one another it is important to look for a key on that set of tabs. It might look something like this.

^ = bend
r = release
t = tap
h = hammer on
* = pinch harmonic
~ = let it ring
/ = slide up
\ = slide down
. = palm mute
+ = harmonic
v = vibrato
p = pull off

Congratulations you have just completed the lesson that has enabled you to read guitar tablature.Š

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