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Lots of my old and new students have been asking about guitar tabs, since they are so freely available on the Internet, so today I thought I would post you some pointers on how you can use tabs most effectively. So first off, for those of you who aren't familiar with tabs yet, a quick definition.

Tabs vs. Standard Notation

Tabs vs. Standard Notation

Tabs are a form of music notation for stringed instruments. In contrast with standard music notation, tablature shows you the fingering of the notes you need to play, which is very useful on the guitar, given that you can play any single note in at least 6 places on the fretboard. If you don't know how to read tabs yet, go ahead and check out our compilation on learning how to read guitar tabs. The lesson details what tabs actually are, and teaches you the standard notation used in tablature. Once your guitar skills reach an intermediate level, you will be able to play any song just by listening to it and downloading its tablature off of the Internet. There are a LOT of sites offering free guitar tabs, for example Ultimate-Guitar.com.

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Becoming familiar with guitar tab notation is an important step in becoming a guitarist. If you just want to learn and strum a couple of chords, than you won't need to know how to decipher tablature. BUT if you want to be able to play as many songs as you like, you will definitely need to learn how to read guitar tabs.

Learning tabs is easy!

Learning tabs is easy!

First of all, you need to know that reading tabs is very easy. It may seem complicated at first, but with just a little practice, you'll be able to effectively read guitar tablature, which is great, since you can download loads of tabs off of the Internet, not to mention the fact that our own Guitar Pro tabs database uses tabs as well.

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