You may have seen or heard about “guitar tabs” as a way of learning how to play the guitar. Well what is it? Tablature or tab for short, is a form of musical notation indicating instrument fingering rather than musical notes on a traditional musical staff.
If you’ve learnt other musical instruments before you’ll know that learning how to read music is like learning another language, it takes a lot of practice with consideration for timing, pitch and tempo. It can often take years for pianists to be able to sight read sheet music (being able to play a piece by reading it straight off the sheet music). Translate this over to a guitar neck where there are several ways to play the same note, and things can get very confusing. Thankfully the creation of tablature is an extremely intuitive and easy way to learn how to play guitar.
Standard guitar tablature is typically presented by 6 lines to represent the 6 strings of the guitar.
A blank standard form of online guitar tabs is shown below.