#1
hi. quick question. when you are reading a tab, and a number comes up in brackets, for example (5), what do you do? do you press the string down without strumming? any help appreciated. thanks
#2
It normally means it's an optional note, but it depends on the tabber. ^^
#3
I've also seen it as some form of a harmonic or a ghost note. Like it was explained before me, it just depends on who tabbed it...try checking for a key maybe.
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