How To Understand Guitar Tabs. Part 2

author: Jack Bevan date: 12/25/2009 category: guitar techniques
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If you haven't been on my other lesson How To Understand Guitar Tabs and or you don't understand anything about guitar tabs go on it before this one. Dictionary Of Guitar Notation 2 Tapping: Tapping is simply where you use your iddle finger to tap a note. Most of the time after you tap a note you pull-off to another note and then pull off again to another like the examples below. On most guitar tabs tapping is indicated by a T above the tab or on the tab(next to the note your supposed to tap) Another thing about tapping is most of the time the all have the same amount of notes inbetween eachother. Between the first note and the second note there are normally 3 notes and between the second note and the third note there are normally 2 notes. Also tapping can be on any string.
    T        T        T         T         T         T         T
|E|-12p8p5-|-12p9p6-|-14p10p7-|-15p11p8-|-16p12p9-|-17p13p10|-18p14p11-|
|B|--------|--------|---------|---------|---------|---------|----------|
|G|--------|--------|---------|---------|---------|---------|----------|
|D|--------|--------|---------|---------|---------|---------|----------|
|A|--------|--------|---------|---------|---------|---------|----------|
|E|--------|--------|---------|---------|---------|---------|----------|
Alternate picking: Alternate picking is when picking alternate between up and down picks so you can play at a high tempo withouth straining your hand. When alternate picking you should try and move your hand as less as possible and only move your wrist slightly. This technique takes time to perfect so t off slow and build up speed. On a guitar tab alternate picking is indicated by little arrows underneath the tab that tell if it is a up or down pick.
|E|-1-2-3-4-3-2-1-|
|B|---------------|
|G|---------------|
|D|---------------|
|A|---------------|
|E|---------------|
    V ^ V ^ V ^ V
Note trills: A note trill is simpily where you alternte between 2 notes using hammer-ons and pull-offs. Note trills can be played on any string. ON a guita tab a note trill is indicated by tr inbetween the 2 notes.
|E|-12tr13-|
|B|--------|
|G|--------|
|D|--------|
|A|--------|
|E|--------|
Pinched harmonics: Pinched harmonics or 'Squelies' are pretty to do and it takes quite a while to master. One way to do a pinched harmonic is you bring your phumb behind the back and lighlty touch the string after its been played. A pinched harmonic is indicted by P.H above the the tab and or a star* next to the note your supposed to do a pinched harmonic on.
    P.M
|E|-3*-|
|B|----|
|G|----|
|D|----|
|A|----|
|E|----|
Palm-muting: Palm-muting is probaly one of the easiest technique to learn(on this lesson). To palm-mute you do exactly what it says in the name, mute a note using your palm. What you do is after you play the note you put your palm on the string and the note should make a clunking sound and the note should stop. In guitar tabs palm muting is indicated by a P.M above the guitar tab or dots. Underneath the notes you palm mute.
   P.M
|E|-----|
|B|-----|
|G|-----|
|D|-----|
|A|-0-0-|
|E|-0-0-|
    . .
Now that you have learnt all these techniques(or at least knowhow to do them) you probaly will want to learn learn a song that uses them so I put the tab on for a song that uses at least 1 of those techniques in it. Tapping: Metallica-one
    T          T           T          T          T          T
|E|-19p15p12-|-20p151p12-|----------|----------|----------|----------|
|B|----------|-----------|-19p15p12-|-20p15p12-|-17p13p10-|-18p13p10-|
|G|----------|-----------|----------|----------|----------|----------|
|D|----------|-----------|----------|----------|----------|----------|
|A|----------|-----------|----------|----------|----------|----------|
|E|----------|-----------|----------|----------|----------|----------|
(each bar is repeated 8 times)
alternate picking: dragonforce-Through the fire and flames
|--11-11-11-11-8-8-11-11-11-11-8-8-11-11-8-8-|
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   V  ^  V  ^ etc 
 
|--11-11-11-11-8-8-11-11-11-11-8-8-11-11-8-8-|
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|--15-15-15-15-11-11-15-15-15-15-11-11-15-15-11-11-|
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|--15-15-15-15-11-11-15-15-15-15-11-11-15-15-11-11-|
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|--13-13-13-13-8-8-13-13-13-13-8-8-13-13-8-8-|
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|--13-13-13-13-8-8-13-13-13-13-8-8-13-13-8-8-|
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|--11-11-11-11-8-8-11-11-11-11-8-8-11-11-8-8-|
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|--8-10-11-13-10-11-13-15-/11--/13--/15~----|
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palm-muting and pinch harmonics: Bullet for My Valentine - Scream Aim Fire
e|---------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------------------|
D|--2-2--2-2--2-2--2-2-----2-2--2-2--2-2--2-2--|
A|--2-2--2-2--2-2--2-2--3*-2-2--2-2--2-2--2-2--|
E|--0-0--0-0--0-0--0-0-----0-0--0-0--0-0--0-0--|
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More Jack Bevan lessons:
+ How To Understand Guitar Tabs For Beginners 08/14/2009
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