TAB NOTATION - THE BASICS - PART 2



You might see the same chord written like this :

E--------0------------------------------------
B-------0-------------------------------------
G------0--------------------------------------
D-----2---------------------------------------
A----2----------------------------------------
E---0-----------------------------------------





Which would mean strum the same shape starting at the bottom string, so that each string is hit slightly later than the last string, but all notes will ring together. Below is am example of the same shape again, but now the gaps between the notes are bigger - so you would probably pick the strings separately instead of slowly strumming the shape.




E------------------0------------------------------
B---------------0-----0---------------------------
G------------0------------0-----------------------
D---------2------------------2--------------------
A------2-------------------------2----------------
E---0--------------------------------0------------


You might ask - How do I know how fast or slow to play this ?Are all the notes supposed to be the same length ?




This is where TAB differs from standard notation. Most often TAB
will *not* give you any information on the note lengths. It is usually left up to you to listen to the song to pick up the rhythm.


However - don't despair. TAB should give you some indications of timing. In the example above all the notes are evenly spaced so you can reasonably assume that the notes are the same length (maybe all
eighth notes or quavers) but this may not always be true - it depends on who wrote the TAB.


As a general rule, the spacing of the notes on the TAB should tell you which notes are the long ones, and which are the short and fast ones, but obviously it won't tell you if a note is a triplet or anything like
that. Again, this will depend strongly on the person who wrote the TAB.


Obviously it will be a lot easier to play the TAB for a song you know well than for a song you've never heard of because you will already be familiar with the ryhthms of the familiar song.

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