Reading Guitar Tabs


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james_hetfield
10-29-2005, 11:25 AM
When you see guitar tabs on a site they are always set out like this:

e]-------------------
B]-------------------
G]-------------------
D]-------------------
A]-------------------
E]-------------------

These are the string on the guitar

e - is the High e string
B
G
D
A
E - is the low E string

There are many things in a set of tabs to learn... I will attempt to cover them all.

Firstly the basics, how to read the numbers on the tabs and what they mean

e]---------------------------------
B]---------------------------------
G]---------------------------------
D]---------------------------------
A]-----7-7---10-7-5-3-2--------
E]---------------------------------

The numbers represent the frets on the guitar fretboard (EG. number 7 on the A string line, count up to the 7th fret on the second string down [A] and play the note)



Next... Hammer ons and Pull offs (Symbols: H - Hammer on P - Pull off)

e]-----------------5h6p5h6p5----
B]-------------6p5-----------------
G]--------5h6----------------------
D]---------------------------------
A]---------------------------------
E]---------------------------------

These are fairly self-explanitory...

Hammer on - Play the fifth fret and tap the sixth fret with your other finger and let the note ring

Pull off - Play the sixth note with another finger already on the fifth, pull your finger off and let the fifth note ring

When you combine Hammer ons and Pull offs it is called a 'Trill' hit the fifth note and continuously hammer on and pull off the sixth to create the Trill



Slides and Bends

e]---------------------------------
B]---------------------------------
G]-------------------------7rb5----
D]------------------5b7------------
A]--------5/7----------------------
E]---------------------------------

Slides - The '/' symbol is for the slide, you simple play the fifth fret then slide your finger to the seventh fret

Bends - To do a bend you play the fifth fret and raise the string up one or two tones (depending on the fret number)

Re-Bend - The re-bend is the opposite of a bend. You have the fifth already bent up and you play it and lower your finger one or two notes (depending on the fret number)



Vibreto

e]---------------------------------
B]---------------------------------
G]---------------------------------
D]---------------------------------
A]--------5~~--------------------
E]---------------------------------

The vibreto is very simple and its symbol is '~', you play the fifth fret and shake the string... How hard you shake the string determines how much vibreto is made



Last but not least Palm Mute

...PM...
e]---------------------------------
B]---------------------------------
G]---------------------------------
D]---------------------------------
A]---5-5-5-7---------------------
E]---5-5-5-7---------------------

When there is a '..PM..' above the tab this means you must mute these notes. To do this place the palm of your picking hand onto the strings next to the bridge and hit the strings.

I HOPE YOU FOUND THIS LESSON HELPFUL
Mike :D

Wannabehippie
10-31-2005, 04:05 PM
I know your intentions are good, but there are plenty of places that you can learn to do this from. Also if you know the names of the strings then it makes it easier to know how to read tabs, well the basics anyway. Also in tabulature, you might get how much you have to bend the string, unison bends, Harmonics and showing the difference between legato slides and shift slides is difficult using computer. Nice try but to explain tabs fully you really need to write it down to show some of the more advanced techniques

Rankles
10-31-2005, 05:33 PM
^ I agree. Good on you for writing, but there are alraedy really in depth articles on how to read tab out there.

Dyuha
11-03-2005, 10:10 AM
Denied. :(

*closed*