Reading tablature is easy to do – once you know how! Tablature – or simply ‘tabs’ – are an alternative to the more traditional music notation. Tabs have the reputation of being easier to read than traditional music notation because they use the more direct approach of showing you exactly where to place your fingers on the guitar. However, this representation of the fret board is ‘flipped over’, making the tab diagrams seem upside-down to the untrained eye. This is one of those things that ‘clicks’ over time, making any explanation of tablature essentially a bad one – just give your brain time to adjust to the inverted pictures, and you will be reading tabs in no time!
Help! My tablature is upside down!
If the tabs seem upside down to you – that’s because they are! Tabs are written from the perspective of the guitarist – as if the guitarist is upside down! Continue reading “A (bad) explanation of how to read guitar tablature”