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How to read an online guitar tab

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Reading a guitar tab found on the internet

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Attention : This guitar lesson is archived since. 02/05/2014. A new lesson is available here: How to Read Guitar Tabs

The first thing you need to know in order to be able to read a guitar tab what is a fret corresponds to on your guitar :

reading guitar tablature

Each string has its own set of notes. So each string is represented in order to show its notes at the beginning of a song.
 

  • The top 'e' is the highest-pitch string. Each - stands for a beat,
  • The numbers stand for the fret to be pressed on,
  • For example: 0 is the string plucked open & 1 is the first fret pushed down, etc...

 

e|-----0--1--3--||
B|--------------||
G|--------------||
D|--------------||
A|--------------||
E|--------------||

Our first exercise takes place on the first string only. The goal is to have you practice playing with your fingers, so you get used to moving them:

e|--0--1--3--1--0--3--1--3--0--1--0--3--
B|--------------------------------------
G|--------------------------------------
D|--------------------------------------
A|--------------------------------------
E|--------------------------------------

By Luke Daniels

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