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Acoustic Guitar Tabs makes it easy to learn the guitar

Jun 10, 2008
When you play acoustic guitar, you have the advantage of a totally different, and much easier, kind of music notation. No more notes and staffs and time signatures. This is simpler and more intuitive. Its acoustic guitar tabs, which are notations based on the positions of the instruments strings. The greatest advantage is not having to learn to read music the traditional way. A number of string instruments utilize tabs.

"Tabs" is short for tablature. Acoustic guitar tabs arelike a little picture of your guitar strings. The first row is the top string and the sixth row is the bottom one. On each of the rows, or lines, the numbers indicate the fret youre supposed to be playing. A 0 (zero) is used to indicate an open string, while an X indicates a muffled string.

In case you dont know what a fret is, its the space between two of the metal bars on the long neck of your guitar. Most acoustic guitars have from 21 to 24 of these frets. Their dots are just there to help you in positioning your fingers.

Take a look at the acoustic guitar tab and if all of the numbers are listed one after the other and all on one line, the numbers indicate the fret to use on that string; only pluck that particular string. Numbers that are noted one after the other indicate that you play one note at a time. If there is a number on each line and the numbers are stacked, one on top of the other; then the acoustic guitar tab is saying play all the notes simultaneously, in other words, strumming all six strings.

When reading acoustic guitar tabs, you may come across things like, hammer-on, pull-offs, bends and slides. A hammer-on may be represented by something such as "7h9," with the "h" being the notation for the hammer-on. A pull-off would be noted in the same way, with a "p" instead of an "h." A bend is noted by a simple "b" and a slide would be represented by a "/."

After youve gotten accustomed to the notion of reading music by string position, search online for basic acoustic guitar tabs and find a tune youre really familiar with to practice on. While the approach may be new to you, youll see that you can pick up its melody quickly this way now that you can read tabs.

Listening to a song while you are trying to learn it makes it simpler to learn. Details and rhythms that you think you remember will pop out and help you. Learning the guitar using acoustic guitar tabs makes it quite a bit more fun. It won't take long to learn several songs, and you will be able to play them for your friends at parties, or while you're alone so you can enjoy them in private.
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Shane Fenham writes on how to play using acoustic guitar tabs as well as everything there is to know on how to play acoustic guitar. For more news, products and resources on this melodic and magical instrument, be sure to follow this link: acoustic guitar tabs.
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