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Reading Tabulature (tab)

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If your new at reading tablature (tab), here's a quick basic explanation. The 6 lines shown on each staff represent strings. The smallest string (high e, or small e, is represented by the line on top. The Largest string (low E, or large E )is represented by the line on bottom. The numbers on the lines, represent which frets to play.

e :------------------------------------------------------0----------------3---------------------------------------
B :-----------------------------------------------------1-----------------0---------------------------------------
G :--------------------------2--4--5------------------0-----------------0--------------------------------------
D :--------------2--3--5------------------------------2-----------------0--------------------------------------
A :------3--5------------------------------------------3-----------------2--------------------------------------
E :-------------------------------------------------------------------------3--------------------------------------
..............C major scale .............. ..........C major .........G major
.............. .............. .............. .............. ......Chord ............Chord
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I have created my own method of tab symbols, for the reason th

Tablature Symbols
I have created my own method of tab symbols, for the reason that after being a private instructor for nearly 3 decades, most students admit that standard tab symbols are sometimes confusing, and hard to understand. So, I've done my best to help make learning easier for you.

s = slide Strike the note and slide it to the next fret shown

f = full bend Strike the note and bend the string so it sounds like the note 2 frets higher. For example, if you're bending the 7th fret, it should sound like the 9th fret.

b = bend one half step Same as above, only the note you bend should sound only 1 fret higher.

h = hammer-on Strike the note shown, then use a seperate finger to sound the next note, by hammering on,without picking the second note. For this technique, 2 fingers are used.

p = pull-off Just the opposite of hammer on. Strike the note shown, then without re picking, pull your finger off the string, to sound the note that's held down by your other finger.

v = vibrato After playing the note, vibrate the string by moving your finger up and down.

m = mute Use the palm of your pick hand to slightly muffle the sound of the string, or strings you are playing.

n = natural harmonic For this technique, you dont actually fret the note by pushing down with your finger. Instead, you rather lightly touch the string, as you play thenote, then quickly pull your finger away from the string to produce a chime like effect sound.

w = whammy bar This means after you play the note, to bend the strings with your whammy bar.

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If this is your first time learning tablature, go slow, and be patient. Please proceed to the lesson of your choice.

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