understanding guitar tabs

Discussion in 'Guitar Tablature Discussion' started by esgallindeion, Aug 10, 2003.

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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. jaspreet162

    jaspreet162 New Member

    tell me some about pull hammer and what is this sign\

  5. dhim

    dhim New Member

    Extra Tab Symbols that might help.

    h - hammer on
    p - pull off
    b - bend string up
    r - release bend
    / - slide up
    \ - slide down
    v - vibrato (sometimes written as ~)
    t - right hand tap
    x - play 'note' with heavy damping



    Dhim post some thing about bending techniques ..
  7. alex

    alex New Member

    hi dnt know abot these two :

    t - right hand tap
    x - play 'note' with heavy damping

    wht does they mean??
  8. nadish

    nadish Active Member

    Hi guys!!!!!!! is ne1 here who can teach me guitar????????????
  9. fictional_real

    fictional_real Pyaasi Jawani


    i have a small problem in understanding this part of the tab....


    plz help.
  10. jayswami

    jayswami Blue J

    slide upto to 5th from where ever.. usualy 2 3 4 frets. essentialy means slide 0 to 5.. which no one does..

    i think thats what it means...
  11. mad_man

    mad_man oo my god kill Em all

    hey guys i need help on the "hammer on" techniques.

    how can i do it
  12. rajsgattu

    rajsgattu New Member

    which is the first string and the last string. I mean is it the thin string or the thick string?
  13. jagga

    jagga New Member

    on tabs u will see it as this:


    going down its thin to thick as u like to put it :D
  14. darvaish

    darvaish New Member


    i cant under stand it help""!!!!
  15. aadesh

    aadesh New Member

    what are symbol for tab like ~ for staind etc
  16. imasud

    imasud New Member

    what does (12p11p9) mean. What are the brackets for
  17. zing

    zing Machine Head

    p is for pulloff, () is to let the note ring i think
  18. sixstringsin

    sixstringsin ||||||

    is it ?
    I dont know what those brackets signify. Can anyone enlighten/elaborate more on zings' post?
  19. palsiva

    palsiva New Member

    very nice friends.......keep on teaching.........
  20. texanpride

    texanpride New Member

    well this is mi first post so yeh well can newun help me how to read these kinds of tabs, any help will be much appreciated

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