Posted in EDTC300, Learning Project

TAB’s: The Language of Chords

Now it’s time for some Tablature! I couldn’t remember for the life of me how to read TAB’s, and they are fairly essential to learning how to play! This week I looked towards Simplifying Theory to teach me how to read them.

Screen Shot 2018-06-29 at 12.30.21 PMIt started off really basic with an explanation of what each part of the TAB represents on the guitar, and then moved on to some examples!

*I really like this resource in particular because it also showed how some of the different techniques would look like on the guitar.

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This is just one example of a technique that you can use on the guitar and how it is represented using TAB.


As easy as the instructions were on this how-to article, I still felt confused about how TAB’s worked. Were TAB’s only used for plucking? What did it look like if you were strumming? In order to answer these questions, I figured that looking towards a video resource might be a better bet for me!

After having looked at the video, my questioned still hadn’t been answered! While the video itself was a great tool for explaining how to read TABs, it still didn’t really answer my question.

The Hunt Continues

Now I had to rely on some very basic google searching!

And, through this site (which I could only find an html version of), my question was finally answered.

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So, maybe not the answer that I was hoping to see but my question was answered nonetheless. This resource did a lot to help me clear up some of my confusion, however!

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According to this is what it would look like if you were supposed to be strumming. Each note is placed slightly after the one before it and if the space were any bigger, you might pluck each note instead and this is where you get into timing.

Pros and Cons of TABs

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These are just the things that I felt were the pros and cons of using TABs and they will be different for everyone.

Next Week

This is the final blog post for my Learning Project and I have come so far since May! Look forward to my wrap up post next week!



Studying to gain a Bachelor of Education at the University of Regina

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