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“Learn Guitar Tabs”

From: David Tinney
Date: Saturday, September 19
Re: Learn Guitar Tabs

Dear Friend,

Learning to play the guitar is one wish that a lot of people have and most will opt to take tuition in order to learn to read guitar tabs. At first, one may be tempted to think that learning guitar tabs is a difficult and complex task; but, it is in fact quite simple and one should be reading guitar tabs in next to no time at all. The guitar player is quite a unique breed of human beings who may have learnt to play guitar by self-teaching methods or may have taken lessons. There is not much wrong with taking an informed approach to learning music and it would be most interesting but for the fact that learning to read music can require more effort than one may initially have bargained for. Most self-taught musicians may baulk at the thought of sight reading music and would naturally shun making efforts in that direction.

Never To Late To Learn Guitar Tabs

Nevertheless, it is never too late to learn guitar tabs, especially if one is serious about a career in the music industry. Guitar tablature is a creation of guitarists themselves and though it may have its flaws, it is still a simple as well as easy way to read and share music with other guitar players. The tab staff for guitar consists of six horizontal lines with each representing the string of a guitar. Beginning with E or the lowest string one progresses to the second string or A and, so on. There are also numbers located exactly in the middle of these lines (or strings on the guitar) that represent the fret the tab is telling the guitarist to play. The number 0 represents the playing of an open string. This is what one should learn guitar tabs in its most basic form, though there are many more complex progressions including how to read chords that may also need to be learnt.

When one learns guitar tabs, one should realize that this process has its fair share of flaws and the biggest one is rhythmic notation. In most guitar tab, there is no rhythm in any way and, one would not have the foggiest idea about how the song goes, if one has not heard the song before. Before one learns guitar tabs, one should realize that there is another problem to be dealt with and, that is that it can only be read by guitarists. Guitar tab, as the name implies, is native to guitarists and, will thus not be comprehensible to those who play other instruments. Nevertheless, for the guitarist there are still other details to learn such hammer ons & pull offs, string bends, slides, and miscellaneous tab notations. All these ways of playing the guitar have been put down on paper to simplify guitar playing amongst guitarists but, does not help other musicians


David Tinney


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