Although Tablature is often thought to be written for Right-Handed guitarists, that's not true, so we have also included a LEFT-HANDED TABLATURE lesson to show you this fact and help you learn faster.

Tablature or TAB is used to show guitarists where to put their fingers for the Notes or Chords of a song without having to read music and is very easy to learn. Here we will show you how to read TAB and the various symbols and notations used for proper performance.

Tablature notation show guitarist's when to change how notes are to be played such as bending, hammer-ons, pull-oofs, slurs and so on.

The pictures below show a right-handed fretboard marked with each string's number, string name and the Fret numbers. The fret numbers are used on the Tab staff.

The TAB staff consists of 6 lines with each line representing each of the 6 strings. The fret number will appear on a TAB line to show you which Fret to play for each string.

The Number "0" means to play that string as an open string OR play a string without pressing down on the string with any fingers of your Left-Hand.

When a number appears on a Tab line it tells you which fret to play for that string only. The right-handed fretboard picture below shows all of the fret numbers.

When a TAB line does not have any numbers it means you don't play that string. This is the same as when you look at a chord diagram which has an "X" above a string.

Notice that TAB is often shown below the music score. The advantage to this is that it further shows the timing of the notes or chords to be played. Some TAB scores also have slash marks to show rthyms just for chord timing.
Different symbols are used in TAB to indicate additional ways to play certain notes such as:
  • Bending a string.
  • Slurring a note.
  • Rthym slashes.
  • And much more.