Tablature, explained

Tablature or “tab” for short is another way to write things down for guitar, and other stringed instruments.

It differs from musical notation staff in some key ways:

1) It has six lines instead of five. One line for each string of the guitar. Count ’em.

2)Rather than symbolizing musical pitches(notes), it actually indicates where to press a given fret on a specific string .

so this

sounds like this

I’m sure every one over the age of 40 can name that tune!

For all its flaws(I will probably write about that later), its a pretty handy system for learning stuff on guitar. But watch out, because there are a lot of amateur tabs out there of, let’s just say…………varying quality……….

Here is some blank tab I made.

blank tab

 

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