How To Read Guitar Tablature
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How to Read Tablature

If this is your first time reading tablature, it's very
basic and easy to learn. The first line represents the
smallest string (small e string) and the line on the bottom 
represents the largest string(the largest string,Low E)
The numbers on the lines show you which frets to play.
   exercise # 1

e :--3-5-3-0--3-5-3-0--10-10-7--8-8-3--------------------
B :------------------------------------------------------
G :------------------------------------------------------
D :------------------------------------------------------
A :------------------------------------------------------
E :------------------------------------------------------
For example, the notes played here(shown above) are all 
played on the small e string. The third fret, then the fifth 
fret, then back to the 3rd fret, and so on.
These are the beginning few notes of the Christmas song,
"Silent Night"

Finger Codes Below i-index m=middle r-ring p=pinky exercise#2 exercise#3 Basic Chords 1 Finger per fret exercise e :--3--------0--------2--------------------------------- B :--0--------1--------3--------------------------------- G :--0--------0--------2--------------------------------- D :--0--------2--------0-----------------------5-6-7-8--- A :--2--------3-------------------------5-6-7-8---------- E :--3---------------------------5-6-7-8----------------- i m r p i m r pi m r p G major C major D major Shown above in exercise # 2 are 3 basic chords, most beginners learn to play.G major, C major, and D major.You'd be suprised how many thousands of hit songs have been written, using these 3 chords alone.But just incase your a total beginner, and have are starting from scratch, here's where to place your fingers for each chord. For G major chord, place your middle finger on the 3rd fret, large E string, your first (or index finger) on the 2nd fret A string, and your 3rd finger(also known as ring finger) on the 3rd fret , small e string. To play C major chord, place your 3rd finger, on the 3rd fret A string, middle finger on the second fret, D string, place your index finger on the first fret, b string. To play D major chord place your first finger on the second fret G string, ring finger on the 3rd fret b string, and middle finger on the 2nd fret, small e string. Make sure your pressing down firmly with the fingers on your frethand.At first, your fingers may become a bit sore, until you have developed callouses, which will develop quickly, depending on how much you practice. ____________________________________________________________
Playing Tips
Whenever playing single notes or a scale you should allways try to use 1 finger per fret.At first you may find the pinky finger not cooperating.However, as a guitarist, you want to make your weakness, your strength. So be patient, and I think you'll be suprised as a few days go by, how much easier learning and playing will be.During the rest of this lesson, feel free to use whatever fingers you feel comfortable with, and simply enjoy having fun playing your guitar. This next exercise is from the Tony Iommi Style lesson. These are the opening riffs from the song " Electric Funeral" by Black Sabbath. # 1 #2 e :------------------------------------------------------ B :------------------------------------------------------ G :------------------------------------------------------ D :------------------------------------------------------ A :------------------------------------------------------ E :--0-0-7-8-7--0-2-3-2------0-7-6-5-3--0000-7-6-5-3-----
Specially Created Tab Symbols
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 your 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. _________________________________________________________ gb = ghost bend pre bend the note without playing it first, then strike the note, and release it to it's normal pitch. _________________________________________________________ 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. This symbol may also be indicated by the letter "x". _________________________________________________________ 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 the note, then quickly pull your finger away from the string to produce a chime like effect sound. __________________________________________________________ rel = release the previously bent note, to it's normal pitch. __________________________________________________________ t = tap (or fingertap) done with the index finger or middle finger of the pickhand, (right hand for most guitarist) Use your finger to tap the note shown on the fret, to produce the sound of the note, instead of picking the string. __________________________________________________________ w = whammy bar This means after you play the note, to bend the strings with your whammy bar. __________________________________________________________