Tab Guide

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Tab is short for tab­la­ture, a no­ta­tional sys­tem used to give de­tailed in­for­ma­tion as to where notes should be played on the fret­board. Tab ap­pears un­derneath con­ven­tional mu­sic no­ta­tion as six hor­i­zon­tal lines that rep­re­sent the strings of the gui­tar, from the sixth (thick) string at the bot­tom to the first (thin) string at the top. On th­ese lines, num­bers rep­re­sent which frets you place your fin­gers. For ex­am­ple, an A note on the 2nd fret, third string, will be shown as a num­ber ‘2’ on the third line down on the tab. Un­fret­ted strings are shown with a ‘0’. The key and time sig­na­tures are shown in the no­ta­tion. TG also in­cludes a time­stamp to tell you where in the orig­i­nal track you’ll find each ex­am­ple and tempo ex­pressed in beats per minute.

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