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					How to Read a Guitar Tab that Uses ASCII Text
            Posted on Wednesday, November 19th, 2008 at 12:33 pm by
Michael

			
								If you’re wondering, “Where is today’s
Off-Stage column?” then don’t worry… it’ll be
up tomorrow.  We just thought that with the many new people beginning
to visit MXTabs.net, we’d better cover one of most basic aspects
of our website: How to Read a Guitar Tab. So, here we go!!!
How to Read a Guitar Tab
Tablature, or tab for short, is a method of notating music that is
played on guitar or bass guitar. Unlike standard guitar sheet music or
different types of guitar tab, the tab that we use on MXTabs.net
utilizes ASCII characters and numbers. These characters graphically
represent the strings and frets of a guitar, making it a quick, simple
way to learn your favorite songs. 
If you’re a beginning guitarist, this short introduction should
get you up and running, and with a bit of practice you can be playing
the Star Spangled Banned by Jimi Hendrix in no time at all.
Reading a Guitar Tab: The Basics
The first thing to know when reading guitar tab on our site is that
each horizontal line you see represents a specific guitar string. The
lowest-pitched guitar string (or, if you prefer, the thickest string)
will always be the bottom-most horizontal line. Conversely, the
highest-pitched guitar string (or, thinnest string) will always be the
top-most horizontal line. So, here is what a blank guitar tab looks
like (note the string names to the right… this tab is in
standard tuning):
e—————————————————————-
B—————————————————————-
G—————————————————————-
D—————————————————————-
A—————————————————————-
E—————————————————————-
Pretty straightforward, right? Now, to actually begin learning a
guitar tab, simply look at the numbers written on the horizontal
lines. These numbers tell you where to fret a specific string with
your left hand. For instance, check out the opening measure of this
Guitar Tab of the Star Spangled Banned by Jimi Hendrix:
e-----------------0~-|
B-0------------0-----|
G----1-----1---------|
D-------2------------|
A--------------------|
E--------------------|
Here, to play the first note, strike the open B-string, because the
“O” indicates that you strike, but don’t fret, that
string. To play the second pitch, strike the G-string while pressing a
finger on the 1st fret. And the third pitch? That’s right,
strike the D-string while pressing a finger on the 2nd fret. Follow
that up with the two additional open notes on the B and e-strings and
you have the opening measure of the Star Spangled Banner!
If the numbers on the horizontal lines are arranged vertically, it
simply means to strum the indicated notes at the same time which
creates a chord. The following example illustrates what a guitar tab
would look like if a particular song required playing a C Major chord
3 times in a row.
e--0--0--0---------------------
B--1--1--1---------------------
G--0--0--0---------------------
D--2--2--2---------------------
A--3--3--3---------------------
E------------------------------
And that, my friends, is really all you need to get started learning
your favorite guitar tabs. That and a little practice anyway. But
guitar tab can also describe some of the more subtle techniques used
by guitarists when playing. These are discussed below.
Reading a Guitar Tab: Advanced Symbols
Most good guitar tabs should have a legend, or key, describing the
various subtle techniques used throughout the piece. Although there
can be slight variations (which is why you should always review the
legend before learning a new tab), there are certain advanced symbols
that one might consider “universal.” Some of the more
common ones are these:
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
If we look at measures 2 and 3 of the MXTabs.net Guitar Tab of the
Star Spangled Banned by Jimi Hendrix, we can see what many of these
guitar techniques look like when represented as a guitar tab. (Listen
to a recording of Jimi wailing away on this to get the full effect!)
e--4--2--0--------------|---------------------------|
B-----------------------|--0--0--9bv~-7--5h7p5--/4~-|
G-----------1--/3--4bv~-|---------------------------|
D-----------------------|---------------------------|
A-----------------------|---------------------------|
E-----------------------|---------------------------|
I hope this little introduction on How to Read a Guitar Tab has given
you all of the necessary tools to begin learning your favorite
MXTabs.net guitar tabs. If you have any questions, please feel free to
ask in the comments below or visit our forums.
And welcome to MXTabs!















 
				
                
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				Thehapp4 says:		

		
			November 20, 2008 at 5:31 pm		

		good idea to put this up, you should put up one for drums too, like
the standard tablature notations for drums or the most common ones. i
beleive therer is a thread on the forums about it.

		
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				mcclure says:		

		
			November 21, 2008 at 12:37 pm		

		You read my mind. We plan putting up a “How to Read a Drum
Tab” post within the next week or two.

		
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				Evan Johnson says:		

		
			August 7, 2009 at 3:25 pm		

		This is an awesome site and this page on how to read guitar tabs is
exactly what i was looking for. You guys are amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!

		
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