How To Read Guitar Tablature

Learning how to read guitar tablature is crucial to helping you learn to play guitar! In this lesson you will grasp all the basics you need to know to help you start reading this strange musical language! Thankfully it is not too hard to understand so we will have you reading guitar tab in about 7 minutes time!

Standard TAB stave:

Learn To Read Guitar Tab

TAB Symbols

h = hammer on

p = pull off

/ = slide up

= slide down

b or ^ = bend up

r  or V = release/bend down

x = string mute

* = harmonic

|~~pm~~| = notes below are palm muted

~ = vibrato

WB5 = depress whammy bar prior to playing 5th fret (whammy bar scoop)

5WB = depress whammy bar after 5th fret is played

It is certainly worth memorising the string names, use this rhyme to help:

      • e - EASTER
      • B - BUNNIES
      • G - GET
      • D - DRESSED
      • A - AT
      • E - EASTER

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Electric & Acoustic Guitar

I cover all styles on both electric and acoustic guitar, enabling my guitar students to learn through the playing the songs that they love. Whether that is rock, pop, jazz, funk, blues, folk or anything in between we can cover it in our lessons. I have taught many beginner students over the years, developing a fantastic course of foundation lessons to enable my students to learn how to play the guitar at a pace that suits them. 

For more advanced guitarists I offer lessons to ensure that you reach that next level on guitar, whether that is improving improvistation, nailing solos or gaining a more rounded approach to playing guitar to a professional standard.

To book your first lesson or simply find out more about my guitar lessons in London send me an email or call 020 8058 5470.

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