#1
K im new i mean NEW at this trying to learn how to play the guitar, now im left handed but i was told that it would be best to learn right hand so im starting with that at the get go was a bit hard but getting better now, but i still dont know how to read the Guitar tabs can anyone post a how to read plz.
#2
There are a few guides on this site, but overall it is very simple.

On a guitar tab, there are six lines, like:

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Each line represents a string on the guitar. The top line represents the high e (the thinnest string), the lowest line represents the low e (the thicket string), and so on. So:

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

Then, each number on a line represents the fret on that string. So if it were:

e----1----2----4--------------------------------------
B-------------------------------------------------------
G-------------------1-----2----4----------------------
D-------------------------------------------------------
A-------------------------------------------------------
E---------------------------------------0-----3--------

You would fret the first fret of the highest string (high e), then pluck the string, then move your hand so you are fretting the second fret of the high e and pluck, then the fourth fret and so on. Then skip down to the G string and put your finger on the first fret and pluck, then the second, then the fourth. Lastly, skip down to the low e string and pluck without fretting anything (a 0 represents playing the open string), then fret the third string and pluck.


So basically, each line represents a string, and each number represents a fret. That's the most basic things reading it. If you were reading a tab with a hammer on, there would be an h between two numbers on a fret. so if it were like:

e------1h2-----------------------------------------------

You would fret the first fret, pluck, then do a hammer-on on the second fret. It's the same thing for pull-offs, but pull-offs are represented with a "p":

e------2p1-----------------------------------------------


EDIT: About the learning using your right hand, that is just silly. It is going to be MUCH easier for you to learn left handed. However the major, massive, and unavoidable drawback is that left handed guitars are usually more expensive and much harder to find. So, if you own a right handed guitar, then it might just be less of a hassle to learn right handed, but it will be harder.
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Last edited by Ringtone at Feb 18, 2008,