An Introduction to Guitar Tablature – Guitar Studio
An Introduction to Guitar Tablature

An Introduction to Guitar Tablature

This lesson is for someone who has never read Guitar Tablature before.

In our previous lesson we talked about the numbers of the strings and the numbers of the frets on a guitar.

Numbers-Of-The-Strings-And-Frets

The way the strings and frets are numbered is directly related to how Guitar Tablature is written.  In Guitar Tablature, the top line is the first string and the bottom line is the 6th string, just like our guitar fretboard diagram.
In Guitar Tablature, he numbers on each of these lines stand for the fret you are supposed to play on the guitar.

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Let me break it down into detail for you below.

For example, if I wanted you to play the 3rd fret on the 6th string, I would write a 3 on the bottom line like this:

6th String 3rd Fret

If I wanted you to play the 6th string “open” I would write a 0 (zero) on the bottom line like this:

6th String Open

If I wanted you to play the 6th string open, followed by the 6th string 3rd fret, followed by the 6th string 5th fret, I would write a 0 (zero) followed by a 3, followed by a 5 on the bottom line like this:

6th String 0, 3, 5

If I wanted you to play the 6th string 3rd fret, and the 5th string 5th fret, at the same time, I would write a 3 on the bottom line and directly above it I would write a 5 like this:

6th String 3, 5th String 5

If I wanted you to play the 6th string 3rd fret, and the 5th string 5th fret, at the same time, then follow it by playing the 6th string 5th fret and the 5th string 7th fret, at the same time, I would write it like this.

2 Notes then 2 Notes

There’s more to it than this, but with these basics you’ll be able to figure out the rest as you go along.

Keep on rocking!

 

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