How to Read Guitar Tabs

Guitar tablature, or guitar tab for short, is a common way to learn guitar without knowing how to read traditional music notation. Guitar tabs use a series of 6 lines to represent the strings of the guitar, with the low E string being on the bottom. Numbers are placed on these lines to show which fret is used to play a note or chord for each guitar string. Stacked numbers in guitar tabs represent a chord as seen below (shown in standard tuning):

      E                   A

The guitar tab above shows the E major and A major chords. Open strings are tabbed with a "0" since they are not fretted on the neck of the guitar. Play only the strings that have a number on them.

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