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4.1 Guitar Tablature

Guitar Tablature, guitar Tab or just Tab, is a simple way for guitarists to “read” music.

It has virtually no theory to it, hence its simplicity but, on the other hand does not have the complexities of a music stave which shows you all the length of the notes, how to play them, the expression you should use, subtle changes in time and many other things.

This what a stave looks like and you need to be able to read music and understand a fair amount of theory to utilize it. Naturally, this will take time.

What a tab does, however, is just show you the notes you need to hit in order to play a particular guitar part. There is some software available that also lets you hear the music and will, if created properly, play the piece in time, employing different techniques (such as sliding from one note to another). Guitar Pro is an excellent example of this. We will deal with reading more advanced tabs at a later stage – for now, we will show you how it works.

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