#1
Sorry for being totally clueless, but I'll appreciate it if someone will teach me how to read this tab. I've searched YouTube on how to read tabs, but I've noticed that not all tabs are created the same. There's a lot of signs here that I don't understand.

This was the video I learned from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-8rqLzlid4&index=20&list=PLuXIfQP6ZRgbhsvKgO2JwcqXMCZv1nDy2

This is the song I want to play : http://www.intellimusica.com/gustavo-santaolalla-last-of-us-theme-guitar/

This is the tab for the song: http://www.intellimusica.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/The-Last-of-Us-Gustavo-Santaolalla-tab0001.pdf

Why are the "8X's" below the strings?
Why is there a hyphen beside a long line that's bisecting the strings?
What does "refrain" mean?
Do I play the first six strings, or do I play 12 strings together to play the music?
How do I know from the tab, to use 2 fingers to play the 2 strings constantly, while simultaneously playing the "chorus"?

It's all so confusing.

Any help would be appreciated.
Last edited by kweijin96 at Apr 16, 2015,
#2
I'm guessing the 8x (means play that section 8 times) x(times) 8(number of times)

If you're on about the : before the line if I'm not mistaken that means repeat (if no x(number) is by it I'm guessing its a repeat of one.

Refrain - is in basic terms repeat this here here and here.

as for the rest I'm not quite sure.
#3
I believe that line bisecting two notes means to slide. That is a fsirly simple tune. Just break it down Into pieces.
#4
Quote by kweijin96
Sorry for being totally clueless, but I'll appreciate it if someone will teach me how to read this tab. I've searched YouTube on how to read tabs, but I've noticed that not all tabs are created the same. There's a lot of signs here that I don't understand.

This was the video I learned from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-8rqLzlid4&index=20&list=PLuXIfQP6ZRgbhsvKgO2JwcqXMCZv1nDy2

This is the song I want to play : http://www.intellimusica.com/gustavo-santaolalla-last-of-us-theme-guitar/

This is the tab for the song: http://www.intellimusica.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/The-Last-of-Us-Gustavo-Santaolalla-tab0001.pdf

Why are the "8X's" below the strings?
Why is there a hyphen beside a long line that's bisecting the strings?
What does "refrain" mean?
Do I play the first six strings, or do I play 12 strings together to play the music?
How do I know from the tab, to use 2 fingers to play the 2 strings constantly, while simultaneously playing the "chorus"?

It's all so confusing.

Any help would be appreciated.

Oh the good ol' days of hand-written tab sheets. I remember trying to decipher some of them years ago. Fortunately, we now live in a world of technology, and you can find a much better tab here.

But to answer your questions:

1. 8x usually means play 8 times.

2. That's a colon, not a hyphen. In the tab you linked, it signals the beginning and end of the refrain.

3. A refrain is used to save time and space. Instead of writing out the same thing multiple times, you can just write it out once and label it as a refrain. Then when it's played again later, you just write "refrain" instead of writing the whole thing out again.

4. Everything is played on a normal 6-string guitar, not a 12-string.

5. A lot of times, I find that things like this are just based on personal preference. The way I look at it is by trying to play it a certain way and asking yourself 2 questions: First, does it produce the sound you want? Second, is it comfortable? If the answer to both is yes, then go with that. If not, you might want to try a different way.
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Besides that, he's right this time. As usual.
#5
Thank you all for taking the time to reply to my thread, I appreciate your concerns.

I'll try to play it all and see if it makes sense. I understand that tabs have a personal touch of the artists in them.

I'll get back to you guys in a while.

Oh, and @Junior#1, sorry for the misunderstanding of hyphens and colons.