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What Are Acoustic Guitar Tabs

Jun 27, 2008
Guitar music has it's own form of notation, called a tab, or tablature. Tabs are different from standard musical notation because they do not use staffs, ledger lines, key signatures, or notes. For this reason, acoustic guitar tabs are beneficial because they allow you to learn how to play the instrument without also having to learn to read music. Tabs may also be used as notation for other stringed instruments.

Acoustic guitar tabs are a form of visual musical notation . The acoustic guitar tab has a diagram of guitar strings. The first string is the top one and the sixth string is the bottom, these are represented by the lines. There are numbers on the lines which tell you what fret to play. An open string is represented by a zero (0). A muffled string is noted by an X.

In case you don't know what a fret is, it's 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 you're reading on up acoustic guitar tabs, a few other things are going to come up, like hammer-ons, pull-offs, bends and slides. The letter "h" indicates a hammer-on. For instance, you might see something like "7h9" on one of the lines. Pull-offs are indicated by a "p", bends by the letter "b", and slides by the notation "/" (that's a slash mark).

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

You'll pick up a tune much more quickly if you can also listen to it while you're trying to learn it. You get more detail and an added feel for the beat, even with a song you think you know by heart. Acoustic guitar tabs make learning more enjoyable, and it won't take long to have a small repertoire you can trot out at parties or just jam around with in the privacy of your own home.
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