Tablature, tab for short, is a form of musical notation with an emphasis on fingerings rather than traditional notation. Tablature is commonly used for fretted instruments.
The problem with tablature is that it doesn’t indicate note length or duration. This is where understanding note values will help as most tablature is written below standard notation.
Below is a sample of what guitar tablature looks like and how to read it. Tablature reads from top to bottom EBGDAE.
The chords E, F, and G:
E F G
Each of the single columns represents a chord fingering. The G string is pressed in the 1st fret and the D and A strings are pressed in the 2nd fret. One problem with tablature is that it doesn’t indicate correct finger positions for the chords. Correct finger positions are essential as we move into barre chords, commonly known as power chords used in most music.
If you begin reading tablature instead of notation, you’ll find yourself able to get through a piece more quickly, but limited in many other ways as tablature lacks musical structure that makes a song beautiful and dynamic.
Power chords are very similar to barre chords. As you remember, barre chords (and other chord formations) are comprised of R-3-5. Power chords are simply R-5. Power chords are not considered true chords since they lack the 3rd and are called dyads. It makes sense, dy meaning 2.
A lot of modern rock songs use power chords so you will see them come up in the songs later on. They are much simpler and they sound great. Don’t forget to practice your other chord formations also! Below are some examples of power chords.
A minor 7th chord is just like the major 7th only with the minor chord formation formula. Let’s take a look at what this looks like. A C minor scale is C D Eb F G Ab Bb C, Root = C, 3rd = Eb, 5th = G, and 7th = Bb. The formula for this chord construct is R-3b-5-7. Just like the major 7th chord, a standard triad is built out of the R-3b-5 and the 7th tone is added in.
Here are some of the common ways that these chords and notes will be referred to. Cm7, Dm7, Em7, Fm7, Gm7, Am7, Bm7, Cmin7, Dmin7, Emin7, Fmin7, Gmin7, Amin7, Bmin7.
MINOR OPEN CHORDS
Everything is like with the major chords, Solid dots represent finger positions. Diamonds represent played notes. X es represent a string or note not played (muted).
Each of the minor chords consists of a triad in notation. The formula for a minor triad is as follows: R- (flatted) 3- 5. This means if your C minor scale is: C D Eb F G Ab Bb C, Root = C, 3rd = Eb, 5th = G. Notice that it is exactly the same as a minor triad except for the flatted (b) 3rd. Also, the only notes played will be the R-3-5.
Here are some of the common ways that these chords and notes will be referred to. Cm, Dm, Em, Fm, Gm, Am, Bm, Cmin, Dmin, Emin, Fmin, Gmin, Amin, Bmin.
Correct posture is important because as a guitar player, you want to eliminate any excess tension or straining on your body. You need to sit up straight and make sure you have a flat back. Do not lean over the front of your guitar to see what you’re doing with your fingerings. Instead of looking over your guitar, use your fret dots to know where your fingers are. Ultimately you will play without looking at your instrument and fingers.
A lot of novice guitar players will sit anywhere; place the guitar on their right thigh and play. Why this is a problem? When your posture is completely Continue reading
Lets see for a moment how does it looks like with hand and fingers basics for playing guitar.
First you will have one fretting hand, which is responsible for creating chords or single notes, and one picking or strumming hand. Both hands are very important, with fretting hand you are creating chords and with picking hand you are making rhythm and melody, there starts the magic.
Here is a picture of your fretting hand and how to refer to your fingers. This will be a great visual aid for correct chord placement. It will be tempting Continue reading