Beginners Lesson 6

This lesson is about learning Tabs. Just the things needed right now for my beginner friends. take a look-

tab is short for tablature!

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

This is the mimick of fret board which tab uses. It's the alignment of the strings we're interested in - skinny string at top, fat string at the bottom.

We ignore the frets on the actual tab diagram because numbers are added on each string to tell you which fret your fingers should sit.
Numbers are used on the diagram to indicate at which fret the string should be "pressed". However, you will often see a zero...

e|--0--------------------|
B|-----------------------|
G|-----------------------|
D|-----------------------|
A|-----------------------|
E|-----------------------|
0 marks an open string, which means you play that string as it is, without fretting it.

This 0 can apply to any string and, when noted on the tab diagram, it simply means you do not need to fret that particular string, since the desired note is created by the open string.

Next..

e|-----------------------|
B|-----------------------|
G|-----------------------|
D|---3-------------------|
A|-----------------------|
E|-----------------------|

So in this example we're fretting the D string at fret number 3.

Notice how no fret wires are drawn on the diagram - we don't need them because of those fret numbers!

Guitar tabs are used for both lead guitar and chords. You've just followed a simple lead guitar tab, so now let's look at reading chords.

e|---0--------------------|
B|---2--------------------|
G|---2--------------------|
D|---2--------------------|
A|---0--------------------|
E|---x--------------------|

The tab above represents a chord. Same as before - position your fingers (as they feel comfortable) on the frets accordingly. The only difference is that with chords, all the notes are played together. So if you see the tab numbers in a vertical line, like above, they're to be played together.

The X means you should not play that string at all, the 0 means play the string but don't fret it and the 2 means fret the string at fret number... yep, 2!

Incidentally, that was the A major chord in tab form.
Thats all for now. Lets move to our next lesson.