Beginning - TAB

Reading music for the guitar is a daunting task. The instrument can have as many as 6 of the same octave E notes. (guitars with 24 frets) It is a very redundant instrument, which is good and bad. The worst part about it is that you can never be quite sure which note the sheet music might be referring to. This is sometimes remedied by adding even more notation numbers to the already cluttered musical staff*. But that can all be done away with because today in our modern world we have TAB.

In the diagram below you can see the TAB staff has 6 lines instead of the usual 5 of the music staff. These lines represent the strings. Numbers written on the lines represent the fret that you play on that string.

For example the "2" on the top line is the second fret of the high E string which is a F# note (red dot). The "3" on the second to bottom line is a C note (red dot) on the A string ...get it?

Now what if you need to play more than one note at once? What if you want to display a chord? Easy, you just write the numbers right on top of each other, like the green dots above. Wahlah ...you have a Ab Major chord!

There are many other symbols and marks in TAB. A squiggly line on top means vibrato, a "P" or "H" above a dome like swoop symbolizes pull-offs and hammer-ons. To say nothing of marking time and all the bars and slashes that come with it. But now you at least understand the basics. Aren't you glad you know?

*Please note: I don't mean to imply that knowing how to read music from a traditional staff is a bad thing. You should learn that too. If you play the piano, sheet music is great. As with most instruments you have one middle octave E and no redundancy. But if you're talking about writing music down for the guitar ...give me TAB any day.

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