Play Guitar: How to Read Guitar Tab Part 1

Reading music on guitar…

For a lot of beginning guitar players this is the scariest thing about learning to play guitar.

The good news is there is a really easy way to quickly take the notes from paper, or virtual paper, and play them on your guitar.

What am I talking about?


In guitar tab or tablature, each horizontal line represents a string.

The strings are numbered from the thinnest string to the thickest (6).  The numbers on these lines represent the frets that you need to place your fingers on.


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About Don J MacLean

Don J. MacLean is one of the world's leading authorities on accelerated learning systems for guitar—with students using his methods in more than 50 countries worldwide. Don is the author of over 60 books including The World of Scales, the Absolute Essentials of Music Theory for Guitar, How I Got Killer Guitar Chops While I Was Still in High School: Confessions of a High School Shredder, 21 Secrets to Learn any Guitar Song Super-Fast, and Guitar Essentials: Chord Master Expanded Edition.


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