Learning to play the guitar entails many aspects such as guitar structure, notes, and chords and also tabs. Very simply put, a guitar tab describes a musical notation, that will include numbers or letters and will detail the player how to put his fingers on the guitar and which string to fret. For most of guitar players, a 6 lines tablature structure will be the most frequent one and each line symbol one of the guitar strings.
When new guitar player first sees the tabs the most logical thing is that the highest line represents the upper string, however in regular tablature structure, the upper line is the lower string. By that, many new guitar players simply see this as baffling structure, but after a while everyone get used to it.
Despite that and despite the fact there might be variations from the standard format of tabs, guitar players will find it easy to learn compared to staff notation, mainly due to the visual representation both of the string and the numerical and alphabetical structure.
Learning to play the guitar can be done in several methods such as private teacher, online guitar lessons, classroom, friends playing together, reading from music and learning books or ear training. As the reason for all of them is the same any person should find the right method for him based on his character and behavioral structure. For tabs learning it doesn’t really matter which method to choose since any guitar player must learn how to read tabs as it is an essential part of playing the guitar.
Learning guitar is not a sequential process in which you first learn the guitar structure, then chords, than tabs and notes and so on. On the contrary, any new guitar player should experience all the guitar learning topics right from the beginning including playing songs. All lessons will begin with simple materials and practice and advance to more progress lessons and exercises. This is also applicable to tabs, where any beginner guitar player will learn the basic tabs and only after some period learn more advanced representation of more complex notes and chords.
When first looking at tabs, a beginner might be intimidated. There are several lines and letters or numbers that might look like Chinese to anyone that is not used to read tabs but with time, when reviewing and using more and more tabs sheets, this strange musical language becomes more and more familiar.