Now you understand how to read guitar tabs! Simple right?
Keep in mind that guitar tabs usually do not indicate any form of rhythm. A tab will show you which fret to play when, but not how long you should hold the note. Tabs are great for learning a song that you already know, but want to be able to play on the guitar.
With songs that you know well, you can usually work around the lack of rhythmic notation since you know what it supposed to sound like.
You know what Mary had a little lamb is supposed to sound like right? Here's the tab for it. Try to play it now!
Instead of relying on classic musical notation with all its curls, swirls and italian, guitar tablature (or tabs for short) is a very simplified form of musical notation.
Once you know how to read guitar tabs you'll be able to play anything you can find a tab for, which is, well basically anything...
A guitar tab consists of 6 lines, each representing a string on the guitar. The letter at the beginning of each line shows the tuning of that particular string. A tab for the standard guitar tuning would look like this:
Where to from here? You can either check out my selection of highly popular beginner guitar tabs, or proceed to the next strumming related lessons, dealing with chord sets.
This article will explain how to read guitar tabs. I'm sure you've seen a song you would like to play in some weird ASCII format on the Internet, with all sorts of dashes mixed in with some illogical numbers like --9-3-4h5--.