How To Read Guitar Tabs For Beginners? How do you read guitar tabs? There may be a lot to an Electric Guitar but it is easy to pick up on and master; the main thing to know is how to properly read tab on it. The tab is six lines that are horizontal and in which represent the six strings that are on the guitar itself. The very top line is the first and it is the thinnest string, the lowest line which is the sixth string is thickest string. There are numbers then placed on the lines; they are there in order to tell you what fret to do for what note. Some tips and tricks to keep in mind when learning and playing the electric guitar are mentioned below and include the following of:
- The numbers on each of the string is the position of the finger for where it goes on the board with the fret.
- An E chord – E, B and e strings are open and the G string gets played on the first fret while the A and D strings get played on the second fret.
- An F chord –The E, B and e strings are played on the first fret while the G string is played on the second fret and the D and A chords are played on the third fret.
- A G chord – The E and e strings are played on the third fret while D, B and G are all left open and then A is played on the second fret.
Terms to know when it comes to Guitar Tabs:
- Hammer on – h – The first note gets picked while the second note gets hammered with the other note still echoing.
- Pull off – p – The first note is picked and then released so the second note can get played.
- Bend string up – b – Your fretting hand needs to bend the note so it has a unique sound to it.
- Release bend – r – Your fretting hand bends the note and will release it for a unique sound when you need to move onto the next note.
- Slide up – / – The first note gets picked and then slide up to the second note with the first one still echoing.
- Slide down – \ – The first note is picked and you slide down to the second note while it is still echoing.
- Vibrato – v or ~ – You pick the first note and then bend and release it to create the vibrato.
- Tapping – t – There is nothing picked here, all you need to do is tap the notes that are right on the front of the fret board.
In the end, learning to read electric guitar tabs is not hard to do; remember the symbols, tips, and tricks to make it all even easier as well. The more you practice the better you will get which is why everyone always says that practice makes perfect. It also helps to love what you do and do what you love; passion pours into one’s’ work and shows through when that is the case.