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How to Read Guitar Tabs:

How to Read Guitar Tabs By: Stephanie D’Onofrio 1

Materials Needed:

2 Materials Needed

How to Read Tabs:

Understanding the Tab Staff: A tab staff has six horizontal lines, each one representing a string of the instrument. The bottom line of the staff represents your lowest “E” string. The second line from the bottom represents your “A” string. The numbers in the middle of the lines(strings) represent the fret the tab wants you to play. When the number “0” is indicated then the open string should be played. 3 How to Read Tabs

How to Read Tabs (Cont.):

Reading Chords in Guitar Tab: When a tab displays a series of numbers, stacked vertically, it indicates to play all the notes at the same time. Often tablature will include the chord name above the tablature staff, to better recognize the chord more quickly. The letter “h” representing a hammer-on, located within the tablature between the original fret and the hammered-on fret, indicated you would hold down the 7 th fret and pluck the appropriate string, then hammer-on the 9 th fret without re-picking the string. The pull-off is represented by the “p” in guitar tab, appearing between the originally fretted note and the pulled-off note. If you were to see 9p7, you would fret and pick the 9 th fret, then without re-picking pull off your finger to reveal the note behind it on the 7 th fret. 7 th and 9 th fret’s are just examples and hammer-on occurs on any fret when indicated. 4 How to Read Tabs (Cont.)

How to Read Tabs (Cont.):

A “/” symbol is used to notate an ascending slide, while a “\” symbol is used to notate a descending slide. So 7/9\7 indicates sliding from the seventh fret, up to the ninth fret, and back to the seventh fret. If no number precedes the slide symbol, this indicates sliding from an indiscriminate fret. A “b” is often used to signify a string bend. This “b” is followed by the fret at which the original note should be bent to. For example: 7b9 indicates that you should bend the seventh fret until it sounds like the ninth fret. The “~” symbol above the tab staff indicates you should play vibrato to the note(s). A string mute is notated with the “x” symbol. Several “x’s” in a row on adjacent strings is used to notate a rake. The “<>” symbols notates the tab for harmonics . 5 How to Read Tabs (Cont.)

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6 The End Thank You

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