Guitar tablatures

A tablature (tab) is a special type of note font that is used instead of standard sheet music. It was created in the Renaissance and Baroque period, and nowadays it is used mainly for musical instruments with fingerboards and bridges, but also for wind instruments with openings. You don’t have to know your notes to read guitar tabs, but you miss out on information about the length of tones and rhythm, which you don’t need if you know the composition well.

Modern guitar tabs feature six horizontal lines. Each line is actually a string on the fingerboard. The numbers on the six lines indicate the bridge number before which the string must be pressed to the fingerboard. Zero means striking a blank string, the letter x means damping with the edge of the palm of the hand with which you are playing the strings. Tone lengths are very approximately suggested by the distance between individual numbers. There is a vast amount of songs processed and recorded in this manner on the internet. Classic guitar sometimes uses a combination of standard scores and tabs, which more precisely express the length of tones, rhythm and position in which the tones should be played. The fingering of the left and right hand is often added to standard notation.

Examples of guitar tabs with notes:




Compositions that include tabs:

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#1 Zero - Audioslave
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#2 - Pat Green
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#34 - Dave Matthews Band
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#41 - Dave Matthews Band
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#41 - Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds
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#?@! Yourself - Steve Vai
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$20 Fine - Jimi Hendrix
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'39 - Queen
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'Cause We've Ended As Lovers - Jeff Beck
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'O Sole Mio - Giovanni Capurro
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'Round Midnight - Pat Metheny
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'Round Midnight - Thelonious Monk
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'S Wonderful - Ira Gershwin
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'Til Kingdom Come - Coldplay
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'Til The End - The Living End
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'Til The Tide Creeps In - The Thrills
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'Tis The Last Rose Of Summer - Thomas Moore
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'Zat You, Santa Claus? - Louis Armstrong
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(All I Can Do Is) Dream You - Roy Orbison
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(Anesthesia) - Pulling Teeth - Metallica
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(Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth - Metallica
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(Coffee's For Closers) - Fall Out Boy
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(Don't Fear) The Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult
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(Get A) Grip (On Yourself) - The Stranglers
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(Get Off Your) High Horse Lady - Oasis
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(Go) Get It - Pat Metheny
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(Hey, Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song - B.J. Thomas
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(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden - Lynn Anderson
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(I Scream-You Scream-We All Scream For) Ice Cream - Howard Johnson
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(I Wanna Live In A Dream In My) Record Machine - Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
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(I'm A) Road Runner - Junior Walker & The All Stars
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(I) Get Lost - Eric Clapton
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