How to read Tablature
The easyist and most popular way of showing how to play
single note melodies/leads on guitar, is through the use of Tablature. Tablature is a system designed to
notate guitar music specifically. It is not as difficult to master as Standard Notation and can show you
nearly all the same information in a more easy to understand way. Even if you do learn standard notation at
some point, tab will still have some advantages.
Tablature or "tab" for short, is written on six,
evenly spaced, horizontal lines. The lines represent the strings of the guitar. The upper line
represents your thinnest or "1st" string. The lowest line represents your thickest or "6th"
The number on the line is telling us what "fret"
to play on that string. In this example I am asking you to play fret 3 on your first
Does it sound like this?
I've added the number 3 beneath the tab lines.
This number indicates what "finger" to play the note above it with.
three things: what
string? what fret?
what finger? are the
basis of what make up tab.