Continued from previous page – Understanding TAB – Tabulature Part 2
Take a look at the next part in the Tab of ‘Hall of The Mountain King’
We’re now going to be playing a note on the 1st fret
Use your 1st finger to ‘fret’ this note.
To play the above note: Press the ‘A’ string on the 1st fret using your 1st finger
To play the above note: Press the ‘Bottom E’ string on the 2nd fret using your 2nd finger
Below is the full version of this peice of music
Try playing it all, take care which strings you play.
I’ve circled notes to be careful of.
Note that the notes circled in red are on the third string down from the ‘Bottom E’
‘I got my first guitar at age of 7 and never laid it down. Momma taught me G, C, and D. I was off to the races son!’ – Jerry Reed
Reading TAB: Tackling the gritty
So far we’ve concentrated on the thicker strings on the guitar.
The following tab will concentrates on the thinner strings.
The song we are going to use for this is ‘London Bridge’.
Remember that TAB is written ‘upside down’ the ‘Top E’ is therefore the Thinnest string
The first 3 notes to be played are on the ‘Top E’ string. Use your 2nd for the 2nd fret.
The second 3 notes are played on the string above the ‘Top E’, this string is called the ‘B’ String
Use your 2nd and 3rd fingers for the 2nd and 3rd frets.
Playing Tip – Remember to create consistency in your playing it is a good idea to use your fingers in the best way possible
Below is the full version of ‘London Bridge’
Try the above remember what you’ve learnt so far.
Take your time and if you get stuck take a breather and try again.
Reading TAB is not difficult but it can be incredibly confusing when you are also trying to get to grips with the guitar physically.