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How To Read Guitar Tabs

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How To Read Guitar Tabs

You'll want to learn how to read guitar tabs if you're interested in learning other people's songs and you can't read music. Guitar tabs make it possible for you to know which notes to play by showing you where to place your fingers on the guitar's neck. Let's take a look at a G chord represented in tablature form.

e-------------------3-------------------------------------3

B---------------------------------------------------------|

G---------------------------------------------------------| G

D---------------------------------------------------------|

A------------------2--------------------------------------2

E-------------------3-------------------------------------1

On the left of the diagram are letters representing the strings of the guitar; e, B, G, D, A and E. Imagine standing over your guitar and looking down on it with the headstock to your left. Notice that the "skinny" e string is on top and the fat E string is down below; that's the way the strings are laid out in guitar tab.

The numbers show you where to put your fingers. For example, when playing a  G chord you place a finger behind (toward the headstock) the third fret of the e string, one behind the second fret of the A string and another behind the third fret of the E string. Note also that I have made suggested fingerings at the far right of the diagram. Fingers are numbered from 1 to 4, index to pinky.

That's a brief explanation of how to read guitar tabs. You'll best learn how to read guitar tabs by playing songs you know that have been tabbed accurately. A great source for guitar tabs can be found at http://www.ultimate-guitar.com.

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