Learn to Read Guitar Tabs in your Beginner Guitar Lessons
Author: Taylor Benjamin
Out of all the new things beginning guitarists must learn, reading guitar tabs strikes many as the most difficult lesson of all. To untrained eyes, guitar tabs may look like a bunch of lines and symbols with no clear meaning, but with a little bit of practice and help from your instructor during your beginner guitar lessons you can easily learn to read guitar tabs. If you do not take guitar lessons for beginners you can find many online resources to help you learn to read guitar tablatures. Once you take the first step and gain a basic understanding of guitar tabs you will find that everything else falls into place and you will be reading tabs in no time.
Guitar tabs are set up in a very practical, easy to read way. A staff is composed of six horizontal lines, each representing one of the six strings on the guitar. The lowest line represents the lowest E string, followed by the A, D, G, B, and E strings in ascending order. Along these lines will be printed various numbers and these numbers indicate to the guitarist which fret to press along the string on which the number is printed. A "0" indicates that an open string should be played. For example, a number 2 printed on the second line from the bottom of the staff indicates that the guitarist should press the second string on the A string. It may take some time, but with a little bit of practice you will find it easy to read guitar tabs.
To develop your guitar tab-reading skills more quickly, ask your instructor of your beginner guitar lessons for tips. Your guitar instructor may be able to give you some advice about how to practice guitar tabs or how to view them so they make more sense. If you do not currently take beginner guitar lessons you may want to look up some online resources to help you along. There are many free guitar lessons available online in both text and video format so you can find many options that will help you learn to read guitar tabs. The most important thing to remember is that practice makes perfect - only time and practice can take you past the beginner level and into the realm of more difficult techniques and guitar songs. With the proper determination and guidance you can even reach a professional level.