How to Read and Understand Guitar Tablature.
Tablature, or Tab for short, is a simplified form of reading written music. Knowing how to read music is a valuable skill, but it can take years to develop. The purpose of tablature is to get you playing right away. With tablature, you can read music without having to know how to read musical notation. Tablature is used specifically for stringed instruments.
The Standard Music Staff has 5 lines and 4 spaces.
Single note Tab reading.
Single note playing, as the name suggests, is just playing single notes or strings instead of chords. In the following easy to play tab exercise. Each number is the fret to press for that string.
'0' represents that string as 'open' so we don't press any frets for that string, we just play the open string. If there is no number on a string, then you will not play that string. This exercise uses the 6th string only. Try playing the exercise.
Lets dig a little deeper and see how the chords are written using Tab. The image below shows chords written in standard notation (top staff) and Tab form (bottom staff).
Notice that on the Tab section, the notes are stacked upon each other the same way as in the standard notation, except that they use the fret numbers instead of the note symbol. These numbers are the frets that you will press to play the note or chord.
Something to keep in mind: