|Tablature - (also known as -
tabs, tabliture, tabilature, tabalature, notation, sheet music, street
music or tableture among other names.)
It is a six-line staff represents the guitar fingerboard. The top
line indicates the 'high E'. (NOTE: this is sometimes in
||E (high E)
The tablature author puts a number on
the appropriate line indicating which fret should be played on that
string. The number 0 means to play the string open. The
number 1 means to play the string with your finger holding it down on
the 1st fret. The number 2 means the second fret and so on..
Notations - Extended
tablature notations are listed below. Feel free to submit more if
you have them.
- Strike the note and bend up 1/2 step (one fret) or
whole step (two frets)
Pre-Bend - Bend the
note up 1/2 or whole step, then strike it.
Bend and Release -
Strike the note and bend up1/2 or whole step, then release the bend back
to the original note. All 3 notes are tied: only the 1st note is
Unison Bend - Strike
the 2 notes simultaneously and bend the lower note to the pitch of the
Vibrato - Vibrate
the note by rapidly bending the string.
Pull-Off - Place
both fingers on the notes to be sounded. Strike the (higher) note,
then play the lower note by pulling the finger off the higher note.
Palm Mute - With the
right hand, partially mute the note by lightly touching the string just
before the bridge.
Wide or Exaggerated Vibrato -
Vibrate the pitch to a greater degree with a left-hand finger or the
Trill or trull - Very rapidly
alternate between the note and the small note in parentheses by
hammering on and pulling of
Muffled Strings - Lay the left
hand across the strings without depressing them to the fret-board then
strike the strings with the right hand, producing a percussive sound.
Slide - Strike the 1st note and
then with the same left-hand finger move up the string to the 2nd note.
The 2nd note is struck or not struck.
Pick Slide - Rub the pick edge
down the the string to produce a scratchy sound.
Tapping - Hammer
("tap") the fret indicated with the right hand index or middle
finger and pull off to the note fretted by the left hand.
Natural Harmonic - With a
left-hand finger, lightly touch the string over the fret , then strike
it. A chime-like sound is produced.
Artificial Harmonic - Fret the
note normally and sound the harmonic by adding the right hand thumb edge
or index finger tip to the normal pick
Tremolo Picking - Pick the note
as rapidly and continuously as possible