Learning How to Read Tablature

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Tablature is an easy way for people to learn how to play guitar, and it involves a manuscript that is a drawing of six lines that represent each of the guitar strings. Discover how fingers are notated on guitar tablature with help from a professional saxophonist in this free video on musicians and reading music.

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Hey, my name's Brian Medeiros. I'm going to just explain real quick how to read guitar tablature, or or guitar tabs. Tabs is a easy way for people to learn how to play a guitar, because, usually, musicians use manuscript, like this up top. But tabs is just basically a drawing of six lines. And on the lines you see numbers spaced out on each line. And each line indicates where the strings are on the guitar. There's six lines, so you got six strings on the guitar, and there's also numbers across the tablature which show you which finger to use. So, at the beginning of this one, we see two and three, which would be...you go one, two, three, four, those are your four fingers. Number two tells you where to put your fingers on the guitar, so that's what tabs are used for. They show where to put your fingers on the frets. And that is how to read guitar tablature.

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