RELATING TAB TO YOUR FRETBOARD
here are the abbreviations used for each finger: Fretting hand: 1,2, 3, 4, (t) picking hand: p (thumb), i (first finger), m (second), a (third), c (fourth). CHORD EXAMPLE the diagram represents the G chord in the photo. the ‘o’ symbol is an open string, and a circled number is a fretting finger. intervals are shown below.
the diagram shows the fret-hand fingering for the a major scale (root notes in black). the photo shows part of the scale being played on the fourth string with first, third and fourth fingers.
NUT & FRETBOARD
the fretbox diagram above represents the fretboard exactly, as seen in the accompanying photo. this is for ease of visualising a fretboard scale or chord shape quickly. CHORD EXAMPLE (WITH CAPO) the blue line represents a capo – for this a chord, place it at fret 2. capos change the fret number ordering – here, the original fret 5 now becomes fret 3, fret 7 now fret 5, etc.
TAPPING & HARMONICS
the left box shows an a minor pentatonic scale with added tapped notes signified by ‘t’s. above shows a cmaj9 (no 3rd) with harmonics at the 12th fret.
a major scale