Understanding and Reading Tabs – Lesson 5

About Understanding and Reading Tabs – Lesson 5

Level: Beginner

Understanding and Reading Tabs – Lesson 5

Simple tab reading to get you started.

Syn’s Tips

All of these lessons are supplemented with Tablature demonstrating the nuance of the material. In order to understand what we are teaching you, this must be broken down at a granular level and Tablature and Notation are the best methods of doing so.

Head to the "Lesson Comments" section below and help each other out! You guys will learn much faster by asking questions and showing each other the way! Even teaching someone benefits you because in order to explain it, you must thoroughly understand it and thats a lot different than merely performing the skill. We can all talk, but that doesn't mean we can properly teach good Grammar and Punctuation.

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Nick Shepley
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Nick Shepley I actually can’t read tabs because when I first discovered them; I was learning the solo for Jordan by Buckethead. For those who don’t know the song; tabs get pretty ridiculous to follow with 8 finger tapping.
Johnny Salas
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Johnny Salas Alright!! Got this lesson in the bag, on to the next. Thanks Big B!
Arturo Barreto
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Arturo Barreto thank you so much for the lesson! my two young boys are learning thanks !.
Carol Seeds
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Carol Seeds Thank you! Looking at tab for the first time blew my mind like what the heck is this?? Now I can scrutinize it and at least know what I'm looking at. This video makes it not so scary!
Kriton Leimpokpam
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Kriton Leimpokpam Thanks Syn and Papa Gates for the lesson.....helps a lot....thank you
Elizabeth Noland
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Elizabeth Noland Tabs seemed to be my downfall. Thank you.
Amanda Harrenga
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Amanda Harrenga Hi. I used to play piano but have found tabs very easy to read. Is it often that you find guitar music not written in tabs? I am trying to decide if its worth practicing tracking classical notes while also learning how to track tabs. Just not sure how often I may see it. Thanks!
Brian Haner Sr.
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Brian Haner Sr. It seems pretty much everything is tabbed out now. I think it'a a wonderful tool for learning. Where it comes up short is when you have to communicate with someone on another instrument. If you have to write something for a keyboard player or bass player, then you need classical notation. Syn wrote out all the string arrangements for the Grammy Show we did together. I know he was very grateful he had that skillset in his tool box. Having said that - practically ZERO rock bands deal with strings or notation. Just depends on what you want to do with music.
Jaira Ysobel
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Jaira Ysobel Yeah, my greatest mistake on learning guitar is that i leant too much on tabs. Thanks for this video.
Derek Raubolt
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Derek Raubolt I need to work on not using tabs
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I'm still a little confused on reading tabs.
Palina Vyhouskaya
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Palina Vyhouskaya Hi guys! Can you give me any tips on how to work on the ear and recognizing notes? When I used to learn to play acoustic guitar (without any prior theoretical musical knowledge), I found it quite overwhelming to try to recognize a note among a range of notes that a guitar makes, even though they are duplicated on the fretboard, and that not mentioning chords. Does it rather come with practice and expertise or is there something one can do even at a more beginner’s level (will e.g. solfeggio lessons be reasonable at this point)?
Brian Haner Sr.
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Brian Haner Sr. See the above post. ^^^
Ulvi Kırımlı
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Ulvi Kırımlı I am playing and saying the notes name at the same time for working my ear. But should i say for example 'C' instead of 'Do' . I thing i heard other musicians saying 'Do' and i am saying it like that. Should i change it, can it become a problem in future? I am a very beginner so sorry if it's a dumb question.
Brian Haner Sr.
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Brian Haner Sr. Good question. "Do" relates to solfeggio. It's an awesome way to train your ear and is relatable to any key. Obviously, when you say the names of the notes that only relates to the key you're in. However - saying the names of the notes is a GREAT way to learn the fretboard. Both are important and they do completely different things.
Casey Dey
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Casey Dey I find that my fat fingers mutes strings lol
LifeofChris YOUTUBE
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LifeofChris YOUTUBE Chords 🤘🏻
Kelly Heinen
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Kelly Heinen As a beginner, it was awesome playing those first notes, haha. But gravy are chords uncomfortable! I imagine those come with time? Any advice for a green newbie?
Ram Kumar
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Ram Kumar Hi. Don't worry about it. It does take time to get comfortable with chords. Apply gentle pressure on the strings until you get a clean sound of the chord. Remove your fingers and repeat the process. I hope it helps. Keep practicing! Cheers 🙂
CODY RODRIGUEZ
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CODY RODRIGUEZ Tip : When playing single notes or chords, make sure to position your fingers close to the frets (the silver-plated piece on the fretboard). Doing so, makes the notes/chords easier to play and requires very little pressure from your fingers as well.
Ismail Cakir
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Ismail Cakir I can imagine myself, that evolving into a bad habit.
Tomi Sironen
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Tomi Sironen When i started using tabs i had trouble thinking what finger i should use on what string each time specially in chords. But more i played more easily i find what is functional. And luckily now days in basic chords i usually need only a glimpse of it and i know what shape it is. Guess im trying to say that more you use and read tabs the more easy and comfortable it gets! 😀
Mark Keller
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Mark Keller Thanks tabs mess me up more than help most times.
Slyde .
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Slyde . This website was the greatest decision that has ever been made
Andrew Marman
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Andrew Marman I 2nd that. The whole idea was gold 🙂
John Taylor Chambers
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John Taylor Chambers For me I'm in an odd spot, I started this being a self taught pianist, I am amazing at improve and I have a good ear... but I cant read tabs or sheet music to save my life, all I can do it play by ear or watch someone play. I also do not know the frettboard at all XD I only know the notes in relation to their piano counterparts.
Anandha Mimbela
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Anandha Mimbela thank you very much I learn guitar and english hehehe two in one !! Greetings from Venezuela
Hafiz Jumat
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Hafiz Jumat this is amazing syn..thank you to u and ur father to make this lesson..im as a beginner will take this lesson as a great start and build some momentum for my playing!
Connor Smith
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Connor Smith Same here im saving for my first guitar and this is really getting me inspired and going to help me when I first start
Enes Malik Fırat
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Enes Malik Fırat You are great, thanks a lot !