# Question about Tabs in parethesis

Discussion in 'Tablature and Notation [BG]' started by Trist6075, Apr 9, 2004.

1. ### Trist6075Guest

Mar 6, 2001
What does it mean when on the tab a certain fret is in parthesis ex.(5) It is usually following the same fret from a different beat right. So does this mean that it is just carried on or in other words what do u do when u reach this note that has the parenthesis how would u play it?

Thanks,

Aug 26, 2003
Jackson, MS
Tab is very irregular, so I don't believe there is one set code. Also some tabs are just plain wrong. I would listen to the song and decide for myself what I feel that player is doing and then play it that way.

3. ### macool

This is definitley the best option, but I think that it is either a ghost note or an alternate fretting position. Like you can play 1st fret on the g-string or 6th fret on the d-string and still get an Ab. A ghost note is like a muted/hurried note. You don't actually play the note for the tonal value, just the.......*thump*. That's as good of an explaination as I can give you. I don't really use tab that much anymore, but I think that is right.

4. ### Finger Blister

Jul 8, 2003
YES.

|---------------------|
|---------------------|
|--0--2--3---(3)------|
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If tab is created by a computer program, or is hand-written
in the PowerTab style then...

It refers to a 'tied note,' in sheet music: e.g., Note Duration.

Since the 'tie' symbol shown in the grapihc above is not a
normal Font found in ASCII (the universal tab format, i.e.,
MS Notebook), the parenthesis is substitued for the 'Tie' symbol.

If the transcription is developed using PowerTab or other
computer tab or Midi sheet generating programs,
the ( ) refers to a 'Tied Note.'
Tied to the preceding note.

A tie looks like a slur, but it is between two notes that are the same pitch.
A tie is not really an articulation marking.

When notes are tied together they are played as if
they are one single note of a longer duration..

Tab meaning: hold the 'C' a bit longer (bass tab. ex.)