#1
Well, I have been taking guitar lessons from a private teacher once a week for 6 months now with my acoustic guitar, and I would like to branch out and try playing some material other than what my teacher gives me on a weekly basis. Now, he lets me choose some songs and we do somethings with them. Like, I did some chord things for a Metallica song, but I want to learn how to play other songs, and the way I see myself doing that is with guitar tabs. Only one problem, I do not know how to read them.

How do I read and understand guitar tabs?
#2
tab staffs consist of 6 lines,low e at the bottom,and high e at the top. the numbers each correspond to a fret.like a 7 on the A line is the 7th fret on the A string
#5
Its really simple...there are 6 lines in tab which represent the 6 strings..The lowest line is your low E and about the A etc. a number on the line means to play that fret on the string the number is on...example,
---------------2------
-----------3----------
-------2--------------
----------------------
----------------------
----------------------
the lowest 2 means second fret on the g string the 3 is third fret b string the highest 2 is second fret high e string. go to about.com to learn the symbols for pull offs and hammer ons etc. type in reading tab or something like that...
cheers betch
#6
not gonna lie... tabs are easy to read... yet i cant rlly think of a clar way to explain it to a n00b... so i would recommend searching it, like Relax said


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#7
are you a lefty?

that might throw you off...

though i wouldnt know
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#8
Being a lefty, reading tab isn't a problem. What is are chord charts. I have to mentally reverse everything.
What tab won't show you is which fingers to use to fret with, just the position on the fretboard. There's also a lot of symbols and such that goes along with tablature you should familiarize yourself with. Buy a songbook from a band you like, something like a Signature Licks series book. In the back of it there'll be a page dedicated to tablature notation, with explanations of what each does and how to do it.