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GUITAR TAB SYMBOLS

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GUITAR TAB SYMBOLS

Simple guitar tab guide

As you progress with you are playing and attempt to take on more difficult songs,

 You will come across some symbols in the tabs, which you may not understand.

This guide should help you get to grips with these symbols





 

If you struggle to play any of these techniques, you will need to practice them as much as you can.

If you need to learn more about these techniques then check out the relevant articles (when they appear)

Slides

Slides are indicated by either an “s” or a “/”
This example is a simple slide from the 5th fret to the 7th fret, and then a slide back from the 7th fret to the 5th fret
Both examples mean the same thing

E¦————–¦————–¦
B¦————–¦————–¦
G¦————–¦————–¦
D¦–5s7—-7s5–¦–5/7—-7/5–¦
A¦————–¦————–¦
E¦————–¦————–¦

Hammer-Ons

This technique is worth taking the time to master, it’s used in so many solos and riffs that you might want to learn.
These are just a couple of examples

E¦—————¦—————–¦
B¦—————¦—————–¦
G¦———-0h2–¦—————–¦
D¦——0h2——¦—————–¦
A¦–0h2———-¦–0h2-0h2-0h2—-¦
E¦—————¦—————–¦

Pull-Offs

Hammer on and pull-offs work together

E¦—————¦—————¦
B¦—————¦—————¦
G¦———-2p0–¦–2p0-2p0-2p0–¦
D¦——2p0——¦—————¦
A¦–2p0———-¦—————¦
E¦—————¦—————¦

Bends

You can recognize bends from a “b” next to the number

E¦———————¦———————¦
B¦———————¦——0—-0—–0—¦
G¦———————¦—3b—3b—-3b—–¦
D¦——–5–7-7b-7—-¦———————¦
A¦–5–7—————¦———————¦
E¦———————¦———————¦

Mutes

This is a technique where you use your fingers to purposely mute the string

You shouldn’t come across these very often as a beginner unless you use other peoples tabs

These example chords with mutes are more for the intermediate player

E¦–x—-x—-x—-¦
B¦–5—-1—-5—-¦
G¦–6—-2—-5—-¦
D¦–6—-3—-4—-¦
A¦–x—-x—-x—-¦
E¦–5—-1—-5—-¦

Vibrato

These are shown as ~

They are fairly tricky to spot in this example, so it’s next to the 11 and the 8

E¦——————-¦——————-¦
B¦——————-¦——————-¦
G¦——————-¦——————-¦
D¦–12-12–10-12—–¦——————-¦
A¦—————-12-¦-11~-10——8~—-¦
E¦——————-¦———10—–10-¦

 Harmonic

These are in brackets, so commonly (12) or (7) or (5)

E¦———–(12)—————————————-¦
B¦——(7)———–(12)——————————-¦
G¦-(5)————(7)———-(12)———————-¦
D¦————————-(7)———-(12)————-¦
A¦———————————-(7)———-(12)—-¦
E¦——————————————-(7)——-3-¦

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