TAB NOTATION - THE BASICS



TAB NOTATION - THE BASICS
 
 

TAB is simple to read, and should be simple to write if you want to submit a song
you have worked out yourself. The idea is this :

You start out with 6 lines (or four for bass). These correspond to the strings of the instrument.
The top line is the highest pitch string, and the bottom line is the lowest pitch string.
Below is a blank bit of TAB with the string names at the left.




E--------------------------------------------------------------
B--------------------------------------------------------------
G--------------------------------------------------------------
D--------------------------------------------------------------
A--------------------------------------------------------------
E--------------------------------------------------------------




Numbers are written on the lines to show you where to fret the string with the left hand.
If a zero appears , this means play the open string. Like standard musical notation,
you read from left to right to findout what order to play the notes.
The following piece of TAB would mean play the sequence of notes (E F F# G G# A) on the
bottom E string by moving up a fret at a time, starting with the open string.


E--------------------------------------------------------------
B--------------------------------------------------------------
G--------------------------------------------------------------
D--------------------------------------------------------------
A--------------------------------------------------------------
E---0--1--2--3--4--5-------------------------------------------




OK so far ?

Here we have notes being played one at a time.
If two or more notes are to be played together, they are written on top of one another,
again just like standard notation.

In the next example we have a E minor chord.




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


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