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how to read tabs

Discussion in 'Tablature and Notation [BG]' started by alphonse, May 13, 2003.

  1. alphonse


    May 12, 2003
    umm... can somebody tell me how to read tabs cause im not sure
    thanks in advance
  2. wulf


    Apr 11, 2002
    Oxford, UK
    Sure - you have to begin by doing a search for the information, either on Talkbass (I know it's been covered before) or on a search engine like Google. If you're still not sure then ask away for clarification ;)

  3. Ziggy


    May 9, 2001
    Orange County, CA

    If you haven't answered your own query already... the 'horizontal' lines represent the strings; typically, reading from top to bottom, 'G','D','A','E'.

    The numbers indicate which frets to play on the designated string/s. The closer together the numbers are, the shorter the duration of the note.

    Hope this helps,
    michael s.

    BTW: Highly recommend learning to read musical notation as-well. Use the 'tab' music as a supplement or occasional alternative... tabbed music is only as accurate as the person that wrote it.
  4. Here's a link to a Bass Tab Notation Guide.
    It's a very large image, for details sake.
    Right click to save picture.
    Then Insert it into a MS Word document.
    Adjust size for printing.

    Bass Tab Notation Guide