tablature is a system of notation for many stringed
instruments where each line represents a string. The
following example is a TAB staff for a six string guitar.
top line is the first string E, the highest in pitch.
The bottom line is the sixth string E,
the lowest in pitch.
There are different forms of TAB, for
In the above example you see a TAB staff
made from a simple word processor where each line
represents a string and the numbers on the lines represent
the frets to play on the designated string. However, this
form of TAB does not give any indication of the rhythm or
duration of the notes.
== Example 3 ==
TAB is also used with standard notation
which is the best form since standard notation is a more
complete form of music for rhythm and note duration.
E A D G B E
In the above example you can see the
notes of the staff indicated as open strings on the TAB.
== Example 4
Standard notation with TAB. The
following example is the same song as shown in example
The above example shows a much better
way to use TAB. The numbers on the TAB are in line
with the rhythm on the standard notation staff which
will indicate the rhythm and duration of the notes while
the numbers can show you where the notes are played on
the fret board.