Guitar Tablature...


Guitar tablature consists of a series of horizontal lines forming a staff (or stave) similar to standard notation. Each line represents one of the instrument's strings. Therefore standard guitar tablature has a six-line staff and bass guitar tablature has four lines. The top line of the tablature represents the highest-pitched string of the guitar. By writing tablature with the lowest pitched notes on the bottom line and the highest pitched notes on the top line of the tablature follows the same basic structure and layout of Western Standard Notation.

The following examples are labeled with letters on the left denoting the string names, with a lowercase e for the high E string. Tab lines may be numbered 1 through 6 instead, representing standard string numbering, where "1" is the high E string, "2" is the B string, etc.

The numbers that are written on the lines represent the fret used to obtain the desired pitch. For example, the number 3 written on the top line of the staff indicates that the player should press down at the third fret on the high E (first string). Number 0 denotes the nut — that is, an open string.

For chords, a letter above or below the tablature staff denotes the root note of the chord.

Examples of guitar tablature notation:

The chords E, F, and G:

     E   F   G


As you can see the top example of tab does not give information regarding rhythm and timing.  The example on the bottom shows the rhythm and timing in standard notation and the notes in tablature.  This is by far the best way to use tab but it does require some basic knowledge of music notation.  Below are some tab, chord grid and musical staff pdf's that you can print.  These can come in handy especially if you are experimenting with some interesting chords, especially with alternate tunings.  remembering these chords can sometimes be difficult so I recommend tabbing them out.


Six Staves of Tab Music Staff & Tab Guitar Chord Grids
Guitar Tab Simple Tab Guitar Staff with Grids