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Posted: 12/14/2005 12:31:10 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/14/2005 12:31:48 PM EDT by ZitiForBreakfast]
I am in week two of my lessons....The guy who is giving me lessons directed me to a few sites about "tabs".

He is out of town until the end of the month (africa) and I would like to know an easy way to learn how to read them.

The sites he gave me are a little more advanced than I am in their directions on how.

Any idear's?



TIA
Link Posted: 12/14/2005 12:34:29 PM EDT
Read from left to right, and fret the indicated fret.
Link Posted: 12/14/2005 12:35:35 PM EDT
www.olga.net

Online Guitar Archive. Everything you need to know. IM me if you need help.
Link Posted: 12/14/2005 12:35:45 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Daytona955i:
Read from left to right, and fret the indicated fret.



Ok. Got it. But how do I know which strings to pick?
Link Posted: 12/14/2005 12:36:22 PM EDT

Originally Posted By dvr9:
www.olga.net

Online Guitar Archive. Everything you need to know. IM me if you need help.



Going there now...thanks.

Link Posted: 12/14/2005 12:36:32 PM EDT
It's pretty easy.

Start here

Olga is a great place to look for tab too.
Link Posted: 12/14/2005 12:39:59 PM EDT
if you're familiar with bittorrent ... search on some of the trackers .... you can find a lot of guitar books there.

Here's the tab explanation page from a book I've got on my drive:

Link Posted: 12/14/2005 12:40:20 PM EDT
I love you guys

Thanks. Looks like this is going to do it.


Link Posted: 12/14/2005 12:40:28 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/14/2005 12:54:01 PM EDT by Daytona955i]

Originally Posted By ZitiForBreakfast:

Originally Posted By Daytona955i:
Read from left to right, and fret the indicated fret.



Ok. Got it. But how do I know which strings to pick?



e (thin string)
B
G
D
A
E (thickest string)

The tab is laid out like the fretboard of a guitar... basically.

So if you have a G chord the structure looks like this...

e ---3---
B -------
G -------
D -------
A ---2----
E ---3----

Since they are relatively in a straight line from top to bottom you fret all those spots at once and then strum all the strings to make a chord.

A C chord would be like this

e -----
B ---1--
G -----
D ---2---
A ---3-
E ---x-

The x means play all the strings but the top one.

ETA: If you have something like this


A -----------------3--------5
E---3------5----

Then you fret the top string on the 3rd fret and pluck that one string, then the 5th fret, then you move down to the next string and play on the 3rd and 5th frets plucking the string designated at the left once for whatever duration of the indicated fret position. You won't know the note duration by looking at tabs, so you'll either have to know or listen to the song you're trying to play to get the rhythm.
Link Posted: 12/14/2005 12:41:34 PM EDT
It's like looking down at your guitar neck.

Joke: How do you make a guitarist shut up?



Put sheet music in front of him
Link Posted: 12/14/2005 12:44:27 PM EDT
Try (powertabs.net). Someone at work recomends as being better for power chords.
Link Posted: 12/14/2005 12:45:13 PM EDT

Originally Posted By ZitiForBreakfast:

Originally Posted By Daytona955i:
Read from left to right, and fret the indicated fret.



Ok. Got it. But how do I know which strings to pick?



Each line represents a string.
E A D G B E
l l l l l l
l l l l l l
l l l l l l
l l l l l l
l l l l l l

An "E" chord would look like this.

E A D G B E
l 2 2 1 l l
l l l l l l
l l l l l l
l l l l l l

Some tabs work the other way.

E----------------------------------
B----------------------------------
B----------------------------------
D----------------------------------
A----------------------------------
E----------------------------------

An "E" Chord would look like this.

E-----------------------
B-----------------------
G--1-------------------
D--2-------------------
A--2-------------------
E-----------------------
Link Posted: 12/14/2005 12:47:07 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/14/2005 12:47:21 PM EDT by PBIR]

Originally Posted By dvr9:


Some tabs work the other way.

E----------------------------------
B----------------------------------
B----------------------------------
D----------------------------------
A----------------------------------
E----------------------------------

...



Most are laid out like this. I've been playing since about 1987 and 99% of the tab I've seen is horizontal like that.
Link Posted: 12/14/2005 12:48:32 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/14/2005 12:50:09 PM EDT by dvr9]

Originally Posted By PBIR:

Originally Posted By dvr9:


Some tabs work the other way.

E----------------------------------
B----------------------------------
B----------------------------------
D----------------------------------
A----------------------------------
E----------------------------------

...



Most are laid out like this. I've been playing since about 1987 and 99% of the tab I've seen is horizontal like that.



Very true. Although it didn't print out the way I typed it in, the other way shows typical chord illustrations on some sheet music and tabs.

ETA: My first exposure to tab was from Guitar from the Practicing Musician in 1984. I learned to play "Eruption." I still do a pretty mean version.
Link Posted: 12/14/2005 3:14:20 PM EDT

Originally Posted By dvr9:

ETA: My first exposure to tab was from Guitar from the Practicing Musician in 1984. I learned to play "Eruption." I still do a pretty mean version.



I had a subscription to that mag for several years back in the '80s. Best guitar mag ever!
Link Posted: 12/14/2005 3:20:19 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/14/2005 3:20:39 PM EDT by motown_steve]
Lay the guitar on your lap with the head pointing to the left and the strings facing up. The strings are now in the same position as the strings on the tablature. The numbers on the tablature indicate the number of the fret to hold down while plucking that string. The frets are number 1-26 moving left to right.

You can now quit taking lessons, unless you enjoy playing Hot Cross Buns. Learn your pentatonics, learn your barcords and tell Mel Bay that he can kiss your ass!

Practice makes good guitar players, not lessons.
Link Posted: 12/14/2005 3:24:41 PM EDT

Practice makes good guitar players, not lessons.




Somehow I think only a person who KNOWS what he is doing can say that. I can not.


Thanks for the help so far, really it ALL has been great.

I am going to be trying for the next 1 hour.

Link Posted: 12/15/2005 3:42:37 AM EDT

Originally Posted By motown_steve:

Practice makes good guitar players, not lessons.



I partially disagree with that. If you have a good instructor lessons are an excellent idea when you are first starting out. It's a good idea to have someone show you the basics. But he is right about practice making a good player. When I was actually halfway decent I would average a couple of hours at least 5 days a week.
Link Posted: 12/15/2005 4:05:42 AM EDT
Immediately order the new Eric Johnson DVD recorded from Austin City Limits 1998. Watch it then put the guitar in the closet. Problem solved.

Link Posted: 12/15/2005 4:10:09 AM EDT

Originally Posted By rocketman223:
Immediately order the new Eric Johnson DVD recorded from Austin City Limits 1998. Watch it then put the guitar in the closet. Problem solved.




It took longer than I thought...that 10% showing up
Link Posted: 12/15/2005 5:18:58 AM EDT
Here's a guy that can help with your tabs!!!

Link Posted: 12/15/2005 11:38:57 AM EDT
Oh c'mon it was a joke, though I do highly recommend the video.

I've played for over 20 years and learn a little something every time I pick it up.
Played semi professionally myself, local bars... that sort of thing. In fact I may be sitting in this weekend.

There isn't a short cut but I suppose TAB is the closest thing. Understand that TAB isn't necessarily the way the artist played it. It might only represent the most accurate translation of the notes out there.

Link Posted: 12/15/2005 11:41:56 AM EDT

There isn't a short cut but I suppose TAB is the closest thing. Understand that TAB isn't necessarily the way the artist played it. It might only represent the most accurate translation of the notes out there.



I was going to ask that next, if they represented the real notes that were written or the best way to play it...Thanks for the heads up..

Can I move you into the 5% group now?
Link Posted: 12/15/2005 12:07:19 PM EDT

Originally Posted By raven:
It's like looking down at your guitar neck.

Joke: How do you make a guitarist shut up?



Put sheet music in front of him



LMFAO

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