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Help with symbols in bass tab

Discussion in 'Tablature and Notation [BG]' started by Lord Henry, Mar 19, 2006.


  1. I'm sure this must have come up before, so sorry about that, but I can't find a thread about it.

    I know the basics of reading tab: lines=strings, numbers=frets. I've figured out that 'h' is a hammer on. What are the other symbols? I've seen '/' '\' 'x' '^' and one or two others. If anyone has the time then please explain. That, or directions to a free site that would explain would be just as good.

    Cheers all, where would I be without TB?
     
  2. britrit

    britrit

    Jan 22, 2006
    London
    / and \ are slides, x im not too sure about, but it might be a muted note, and i'm guessing ^ is bend. Hope that helps
     
  3. ebe9

    ebe9

    Feb 26, 2006
    South Africa
    \ / tends to mean a slide e.g. 5/9 (al slide fron the 5 down to the 9th fret)

    x tends to mean a "dead" or muted note played

    ^ tends to mean bend


    I am pretty sure they have a "tab explained" section on www.mxtabs.net
     
  4. Thanks for that, it does help.

    I've also seen several '/' in a row (see the chilli's give it away). Would I be right in thinking that this would be a slide over several beats?

    Cheers again.
     
  5. Sorry, more of a technique question: Is a dead note a note plicked with the right hand with the left hand resting, rather than pressing, on the string?
     
  6. britrit

    britrit

    Jan 22, 2006
    London
    for the multiple /, I have no clue what they mean, and you are right about a dead note.
     
  7. slapcracklepop

    slapcracklepop

    Jun 28, 2005
    Boston, MA
    Right, just touch the string (but dont fret) and play it with your right hand it should make a thud/dead sound.

    http://www.mxtabs.net/content.php?file=Reading_Guitar_and_Bass_Tabs
    That link explains everything in tab. Worth a read, and I hope it helps. :bassist: