#1
OK, I have been playing for over three years and I am total rubbish at reading guitar tabs. I can't read a mite of them! Please help me a my dumbness out!! I feel so dumb. I'm tied down o only reading chords. PLease help!
Jazzer by day, rocker by night

Gear:

Washburn Lyon- (my mate)- Maverick
Fender Acoustic- (my brother)- Lou
and my favorite

Selmer Hummingbird
Reference 54 Alto Saxophone (my baby)- Apollo
#2
Since I'm tired right now, I'll just give you the basics:

p=pull-off
h=hammer-on
/=slide up
\=slide down
b or ^=bend
*=natural harmonic
ph=pinched harmonic
(6)=ghost note
P.M.=palm mute

And that's basically it.

Oops, forgot these:

~=let note ring
t=tapping w/ pick hand
tr=trill
12b13=bend at the 12th fret so the note sounds like a half step higher
Last edited by Andrew Zara at Jun 18, 2006,
#4
Don't beat yourself up. Tabliture is easy to read. Okay the six lines represents the all the strings of the guitar (they go from top to bottom E B G D A e) and the numbers represents frets on the fretboard from the neck up, easy enough? Lets take an example

E-----
B--3--
G------
D-----
A-----
e-----


Here you're only playing the 3 fret of the B string. Get it? Now if the numbers are on top of each other you play them at the same time
E-3
B-3
G-0
D-0
A-2
e-3
You play all the notes at the same time to make this G chord. Oh and remember that if there is a zero on one of the lines (lets say D) that strike the D string without holding down a fret. It's really easy, I recomend that you learn how to read notes as well.

P.S. I hope this is what you're asking or I'd look pretty stupid right now
#5
Quote by Doc_Holiday
Don't beat yourself up. Tabliture is easy to read. Okay the six lines represents the all the strings of the guitar (they go from top to bottom E B G D A e) and the numbers represents frets on the fretboard from the neck up, easy enough? Lets take an example

E-----
B--3--
G------
D-----
A-----
e-----


Here you're only playing the 3 fret of the B string. Get it? Now if the numbers are on top of each other you play them at the same time
E-3
B-3
G-0
D-0
A-2
e-3
You play all the notes at the same time to make this G chord. Oh and remember that if there is a zero on one of the lines (lets say D) that strike the D string without holding down a fret. It's really easy, I recomend that you learn how to read notes as well.

P.S. I hope this is what you're asking or I'd look pretty stupid right now


Doc, u hav the E's mixed up, its EADGBE
#7
Get Powertabs or buy a book that has the music you want in tab form.

The so-called "tabs" that you'll find most of the time on the net are pure garbage
if they're tabs to a specific song (exercises are a different story).

The internet tab format doesn't have note lengths. That's not even music.
At least Powertabs does, plus it will play it in MIDI!
#8
Quote by 2timminsa
buy guitar pro for around £15 is a good buy, try the trial version


Or he could buy PowerTab for £0.
#9
Doc, u hav the E's mixed up, its EADGBE


On a guitar yes, but in tabliture the E's are backwards.