can someone explain exactly how tabs are read. im just beginning and i think i was given some wrong info.
Six lines (one line per string) the bottom line of the tab is the fattest string on your guitar (low E string) and the top line of the tab is the thinnest string on your guitar (high e string)

The numbers tell you at which fret(s) to place your finger(s), if the bottom line has a five on it then I put my finger on the fifth fret of the low E string on the guitar.
If the numbers are on separate lines but they are stacked on top of each other, you play those at the same time (chords)

There are different notations for slides, hammer-ons, pull-offs, tapping, bends, etc. But those notations are usually included with the tab itself in a key at the bottom or top of the page (or if you have any tab books, at the end or beginning of the book along with detailed descriptions of the techniques) any more questions just ask