understanding guitar tabs

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  1. esgallindeion

    esgallindeion Minstrel Knight

    This is for all those who cannot understand guitar tabs at all. Its really very simple, at least much simpler than staff notations. But tabs usually don't give u a good idea about timing. In any case it is the most convenient way of sharing on the net.

    1. First of all, there are 6 lines, each representing a string on your guitar.

    E--------------------------------------- (1st string)
    B--------------------------------------- (2nd string)
    G--------------------------------------- (3rd)
    D--------------------------------------- (4th)
    A--------------------------------------- (5th string)
    E--------------------------------------- (6th/last string)

    2. The numbers represent the frest on your fretboard.


    This tab tells you to pluck open strings from the last to the first and then return to the last after which you play the first fret on each string in the order 6 st string - 5th - 4th - 3rd - 2nd - 1st.

    E----------------0--1--------------------- (1st string)
    B-------------1--------3------------------ (2nd string)
    G----------2--------------2--------------- (3rd)
    D-------2--------------------0------------ (4th)
    A----0----------------------------------- (5th string)
    E-0-------------------------------------- (6th/last string)

    This tab tells you to play 6th and 5th string open and then the second fret on 4th and 3rd strings and open 1st string. Then you return playing the 1st fret on 1st string and so on as shown.

    I think thats enough for tonight. I'll continue tommorow with different symbols and other stuff.
  2. Redalert

    Redalert New Member

    Wow....excellent tutorials....keep it up:D :D :D
  3. FinalPhase

    FinalPhase New Member

    Nice tip man...all newbies should c this...:)
  4. esgallindeion

    esgallindeion Minstrel Knight


    e -------------555555------------|--------5--5----
    B ------5h7--555555------------|--------5--5----
    G ---6-------------------7p5------|--------6--6----
    D -----------------------------7~--|----------------
    A -----------------------------------|----------------
    E -----------------------------------|--0/5-----------

    h - hammer on
    p - pull off
    / - slide
    ~ - vibrato
    b - bend; number in brackets shows the target fret
    r - release bend back to initial fret after bend

    When two different strings have the same or different fret numbers, you have to play those notes together.
  5. esgallindeion

    esgallindeion Minstrel Knight

    3. Many tabs also have the chords which another guitar can play on top of the tabs...

    G C G C

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  6. slash

    slash New Member

    I must say, you have explained it pretty well.:)
  7. musicrterror

    musicrterror New Member


    I have learned a gud amount of music from these lecturates
  8. peppamint

    peppamint New Member


    hey im like just starting to learn the guitar, like today is probably my second day and therez just onething i would like to know.

    ^^ on this, whats the 0's?? i dont understand that, what does pluck open the strings mean?? could u please let me know. thanks.

    :confused: :confused: :confused: :eek: :shock:
  9. brainydexter

    brainydexter New Member


    Could u please explain d following....(p)hammer on ,(h) pull off and (~) vibrato....i dont understand as to what do u mean by hammer on for say 5h7 and similarly.
  10. MARS

    MARS Mars Ji...Finally!!!!!

    Hi Peppamint..interesting name..

    Welcome aboard...

    Its pretty simple...plucking open means playing a particular string without pressing any of the frets...just play it without touching u r finger at any of the frets..

    and thats what "0" indicates in the tabs that u posted..."1" indicated 1st fret.."2" indicates 2nd and so on...

    I think i cant be more simpler than that...


    Revert back if any doubts...
  11. guitar_gal

    guitar_gal New Member

  12. brainydexter

    brainydexter New Member

    Hey gal...

    Well there is one thing i need to confirm...

    We have to just pluck once or...???

    And, if v have to pluck once, then exactly how do we play any combo??
    ( can u pls explain dis thing with an example, n how to go abt it step by step??)


    Brainydexter :rockon:
  13. guitar_gal

    guitar_gal New Member

  14. miragepatel

    miragepatel New Member

    Peepamint, The 0's are symbols meaning play open
  15. miragepatel

    miragepatel New Member

    Umn guys, I dont know wut it means when on tabliture it has like a number and then another number below it... Can you help?
  16. jackdaws

    jackdaws New Member

    it means that you have to strike both the notes at the same time..i'm assuming the question is that if we have


    then it means u need to play the second fret of the two strings together...hope this helps....
  17. sameer88

    sameer88 New Member

    i want 2 know tht how to play these tabs some1 plz explain it 2 me briefly
  18. sameer88

    sameer88 New Member

    same question
    explain this 2 me briefly as example|-12--------12-12-12---12------------12--|
  19. tantalize

    tantalize New Member

    hey there,
    this thing is helping me alot, appreciate all this u guys but have one question, see thi

    how do i know that how many strings am i suposed to play in one blow like u see the first line its say 7-5 n 8 under it, what does that mean? i don't get it.....HELP
  20. azn_kronik

    azn_kronik New Member

    thankx a lot. this thing really helps
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