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Guitar Tablature (Guitar Sheet Music) – How to Read It

guitar <i>sheet music</i>Guitar tablature are a quick and easy method to read guitar music. Unlike regular guitar sheet music (used for piano example), guitar tabs are very easy to follow and work by telling you where to place your fingers on the neck of the guitar.

Guitar tablature can be found all over the Internet for free by searching on Google. A great site is ultimate-guitar.com which is completely free and has thousands of guitar tablature examples.

Once you understand the basics of reading guitar tablature, you will be able to play your favourite songs in no time at all.

Guitar Tablature are shown are shown like below:

e|–0–0–0————–|
B|–7–5–7–8–7–5–5–|
G|–7–7–7————–|
D|———————–|
A|———————–|
E|———————–|

Individual Notes in Guitar Tablature

e|———————–|
B|–7–5–7–5———–|
G|———————–|
D|———————–|
A|———————–|
E|———————–|

To understand how to read guitar tablature, first take your guitar and lay it FLAT on your lap, so you are looking down upon it. So, the thinnest string, the “e” (aka 1st string) is furthest away from your body, with the thickest “E” (aka 6th string) closest to your body.

This view is matched on the tablature. The 6 dotted horizontal lines are the strings of your guitar. The thickest “E” string, shown at the bottom is closest to your body. And the thin “e” is furthest away.

The numbers on the tablature indicate the frets on your guitar. Tabs are read from left to right, like reading a book. In this example all notes are played one at a time after each other.

e|———————–|
B|–7–5–7–5———–|
G|———————–|
D|———————–|
A|———————–|
E|———————–|

So, the first note we get to is on the B string and we are told to place our finger at the 7th fret. Once your finger is pressed down on the B string at the 7th fret (on the actual wooden neck, in-between to the two metal inlays), pluck only the B string.

Next place your finger at the 5th fret on the B string and pick this note. Now place your finger back at the 7th fret on the B string and pick the note. The final note is the 5th fret, also on the B string.

Over time you will begin to learn which fingers to use to make your playing as easy and as fluent as possible. For example, you may use your index finger for the first note at the 7th fret on string B and simple move it down to the 5th fret for the second note. However a better way to play the piece would be to use 2 fingers. Use your ring finger for the notes on the 7th fret and your index finger for notes at the 5th.

Understanding which fingers to use to hold each note will come with experience, time and discovering how you feel most comfortable playing.

Simultaneous Notes in Guitar Tablature

e|——–0–0———–|
B|–7–5–7–5———–|
G|–7–7–7–7———–|
D|———————–|
A|———————–|
E|———————–|

When notes appear above each other it means they are played at the same time. The example above is the same piece as we just played however a few extra notes have been added. Let’s break down this piece into four sections.

1.

e|—–|
B|–7–| Use your little finger to hold down the B string at the 7th fret.
G|–7–| Use your ring finger to hold down the G string at the 7th fret.
D|—–| Play both notes simultaneously.
A|—–| Play only the B and G strings.
E|—–|

2.

e|—–|
B|–5–| Use your index finger to hold down the 5th fret on the B string.
G|–7–| Leave your ring finger where it is.
D|—–| Play both notes simultaneously.
A|—–| Play only the B and G strings.
E|—–|

3.

e|–0–| An “0″ indicates that the string is played open, which means the string is simply played
B|–5–| without holding down any fret. Use your little finger to hold down the B string at the 7th fret.
G|–7–| Use your ring finger to hold down the G string at the 7th fret.
D|—–| Play all notes simultaneously.
A|—–| Play only the B, G and thin e string.
E|—–|

4.

e|–0–| Play the e string open
B|–5–| Use your index finger to hold down the 5th fret on the B string.
G|–7–| Leave your ring finger where it is.
D|—–| Play both notes simultaneously.
A|—–| Play only the B and G strings.
E|—–|

At first it can be a little tricky to hit only one or two strings at once however over time you will find it can be done without even thinking.

Guitar Chords

E D
e|—-0——–2——–|
B|—-0——–3——–|
G|—-1——–2——–|
D|—-2——–0——–|
A|—-2—————–|
E|—-0—————–|

The guitar tablature above shows the E and D chords and indicates where on the fret board you need to place your fingers. As you can see, the E chord requires you to use 3 fingers to play the chord along with 3 open strings, for this chord you pluck all strings in one big motion at the same time. The same is said for the D chord, however in this instance you only need to play 4 strings.

As I said earlier, with time you will begin to discover which fingers are best for holding certain guitar chords and notes.

 

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Guitar Tabs Mastery – Go From Zero to Guitar Hero

learn guitarDo you dream of rocking out for real with a shiny and sexy guitar?  If yes, then you’re in luck.  It is far too easy to get started with learning how to play the guitar these days.  All you need to do to learn guitar – or at least get started with it – is to go online and find guitar tabs.  As soon as you learn the basic guitar chords, you will be playing your favorite songs in no time at all.

Use guitar tabs to learn guitar

Using guitar tabs to learn the guitar gives you one distinct advantage, and that is these tabs are easier to follow than traditional sheet music.  They will also show you how the basic chords like C, D and G should be played.  So, it should not be any trouble for you to study how to play the guitar even if you have not had formal music training.  As long as you practice playing for at least an hour a day, you will be able to play the guitar proficiently in a couple of months or so, especially if the tabs you are using are truly accurate.

To make learning the guitar much easier for you using guitar tabs, you can choose to download guitar-learning software.  The typical guitar-learning software will show you how each chord on a guitar tab should sound like so you can copy the sound correctly on your guitar.  Thus, you get to have some feedback on your playing even if you do not have a private guitar teacher.

Aside from guitar-learning software, you can learn the guitar by watching videos.  There are a lot of websites out there that host such videos of professional guitarists demonstrating how the specific chords of specific songs are played.  The great thing about these videos is that you get to see how these guitarists place their fingers on the guitar as they play the chords.  You can pause the video to compare the placement of your own fingers with theirs, and you can play these videos over and over until you get the technique right.

So, if you dream of rocking out on your sexy guitar and impressing your friends and family with your guitar playing skills, you can make that dream come true.  All you have to do is to go online, find good guitar tabs, find out how to play them and learn the guitar.  With a lot of patience and practice, you will be the guitar hero you have always wanted to be.

 

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