#1
        G     Em              C        D               G                    
                                                                           

Eb|3-----0---------------0--------2---------------3-------------------|
Bb|3-----0---------------1--------3---------------3-------------------|
Gb|0-----0---------------0--------2---------------0-------------------|
Db|0-----2---------------2--------0---------------0-------------------|
Ab|2-----2---------------3------------------------2-------------------|
Eb|3-----0----------------------------------------3-------------------|



I want to know what do the chord letters on top of the tab do? Are they to give a guide on where to place your fingers or are they there to save time writing the numbers of a chord and you play the entire thing?
#2
It just gives you the name of the chord. If the name of the chord is over a riff, it tells you what chord to play while the riff is being played.
#3
So in that tab, would I just use the chord as a guide to play it easier, or would I play the entire chord?
#4
In your example what is written in the tab is also written in chord names. So Em is 0,2,2,0,0,0.

Sometimes you'll see just chord charts instead of tabs which will only have the chord name and expect you to know how to play it - although this site now has a clever thing showing what the chord looks like when you hover over it.
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#7
erm yes it is Em, nd no his example is E
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#8
Em = 0,2,2,0,0,0
E = 0,2,2,1,0,0
Am = x,0,2,2,1,0

Trust me on this one, I've been playing those chords for half a dozen years now.
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