Here you will find instructions on how to read guitar tablature and find the guitar tab you are looking for.


This is what a tab looks like on most websites.

"Satellite" Dave Matthews

Each string is listed. The top string here ('e') is the smallest string on the guitar with the highest note. The bottom string here ('E') is the largest string on the guitar with the lowest note. Both strings happen to be 'E' in regular tuning. So all the other strings fall into place and it looks somewhat like a guitar neck.

Now, the numbers. The number tells which string and what fret to play.

 Ex 1   Ex 2   Ex 3  Ex 4          
e----   ----   -3-   -------   
B----   -12-   -0-   -------   
G----   -11-   -0-   -------   
D----   ----   -0-   ----7--   
A--5-   ----   -2-   -7--7--   
E----   ----   -3-   -5--5--   

Ex 1: This example shows a "D" note. Hold the A string (2nd from the top) at the fifth fret. Just pick the one string.

Ex 2: This example shows basically what example 1 did, but with 2 strings. So just play 2 strings.

Ex 3: This example shows a G chord. Hold the G at the third fret, the C strings at the second fret, the G at the third fret, and the other strings leave open.

Ex 4: This is an example of power chords. They can be played with either the three notes or just two.

harm harmonic; hold finger slightly above string and pick it can only be done at specific places on the neck (this takes practice and you should find someone to show you how, beause it's difficult to explain)
A.H. artificial harmonic; more difficult than a harmonic, you have to mute the string with the thumb on the pick hand after you hit the note.
hammer on; (ie 6h7) fret and pick string at 6th fret, and without picking again "hammer" and hold string at 7th fret
pull off; (ie 8p6) fret and pick string at 8th and 6th frets, and without picking again pull finger off 8th fret and let 6th ring
slide up; note rises
slide down; guess
pm.... palm mute; holding the bottom part of your right hand (for right handed players) against the strings near the bridge keeping it from ringing. The dots that follow indicate notes (chords) above are also muted
bend note; this tells which note (the carrot) and how much the note should be bent (full means a full step higher, half is a half ect.)
~~~ tremolo; slightly bend and un-bend note to increase sustain
x rake; mute strings with fretting hand by not quite fretting a note, but still holding strings

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