How do you read a bass tab? Im new at this.

Discussion in 'Tablature and Notation [BG]' started by megatron, Aug 7, 2003.

  1. megatron


    Jul 9, 2003
    I dont know how to read them:(
    Sad i know but im a newbie at all this. Thanks for any help.
  2. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    The strings go from G D A E starting at the top of the tab. It is the oppoisite on ur bass.. THe thickest string is E, and its the bottom one on the tab . THe numbers rpresent which fret to play, starting at the nut.
  3. wulf


    Apr 11, 2002
    Oxford, UK
    Further to Figjam's tips, rhythm may be notated in the tab, but often it's just done by approximate spacing - you need to play along with the recording to nail it (assuming your recording is the same as the one tabbed from!).

    Better quality tabs often include a little guide to how they have been written. Also, do a search on TalkBass for something like "read tabs" - it has been covered before several times, including links to comprehensive external guides.