What good is creativity without an outlet? About as good as words without a language. Tabs are another way of writing music that works especially well for guitar. In this instructuable, I will teach you how to read, write, and understand tabs so you can put "words" to your auditory ideas without tedious memorization of traditional sheet music. It's surprisingly simple and rewarding.
Step 1: Know your guitar
Knowing this just makes understanding what other people are talking about, guitar-wise, a lot easier.
Step 2: The Tabs
The top line signifies what should be played on the high E string. The second from the top is the B, third, G, and so on.
Numbers on the coresponding lines tell you where to put your fingers. A number 2 tells you to put your finger on the second fret. A 10- tenth fret. You get the idea.
The notes are read from left to right. For example, in the picture below, you would play 2, then 1, then an open E, then a 1 again. Just like regular reading. You dont skip around. Pretty simple, right?
One of the beauties of tabs is that you can write them just about anywhere you can draw 6 lines. This happens to be the back of my history homework.