Beginner Primer Guitar course
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Guitar tablature

In this lesson we are going to learn about reading guitar tablature and it’s uses, we will try to do some exercises using guitar tabs.

Contents of the lesson 1. How to read guitar tablature 2. Exercises 3. Tips 4. References
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Introduction to tablature

Guitar tablature, or tab, is a form of writing down music for guitar, and it mainly uses numbers instead of standard music notation. It’s easy to understand, even for beginners!
Learning how to read guitar Tabs is an important tool that makes it easier for beginner guitar players to learn how to read and play chords and songs.Since most guitars are six-string guitars, we’ll look at tabs applicable to six-strings. For guitars with seven strings or more, it’s more or less the same thing, but the tabs have additional lines.

How to read guitar tablature

TABLATURE is a type of musical notation that guitarists have developed to describe what strings on the guitar are being played at any point and what frets of the guitar need to be fingered.
The 6 lines on the TAB correspond to the 6 strings on your guitar, Starting from the high E ( 1st string) to the low E string (6th string).

Single notes in tablature
The numbers tell you which frets you need to put your fingers on and which string to use. In this example you play the 6th string open , then 6th string fretted on the 3rd fret. The next note would be the 4th fret on the 6th string and moving to the 5th string 2nd fret and so on.

Chords in tablature
In this example you would need to play all of the strings at the same time the first ,second , third and sixth strings would be open. Your second finger should fret the fifth string second fret and the third finger should be playing the fourth string second fret.

Single note tablature exercises

Exercise 1

Exercise 2

Exercise 3

Exercise 4

Exercise 5

Tips for reading guitar tablature

Read from left to right, just like you would read a book. Once you’ve gotten to the end of the “line,” you’ll move to the next line, starting again left to right.
Single notes will be represented by one number on one string. If you see stacked numbers, you’ll play them at the same time it’s a chord.
You can find full guides to guitar tabs using apps like Songsterr, or by searching the web. As you advance, you’ll need guidance for terminology and keys to decoding guitar tab symbols


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