How to Play Guitar Tabs on Piano




Introduction: How to Play Guitar Tabs on Piano

Have you ever heard a song on guitar and wished you could play it on piano?

This instructable is intended to teach you to do just that. In the next few steps I'm going to teach you to play music meant for guitar on a piano using basic music knowledge and some simple math.

This is my first instructable, and I got a little lazy with picture, I'll add more later.

Step 1: Things You'll Need.

A six string guitar (acoustic or electric, doesn't matter).
A Piano or electric keyboard.
a guitar tab.

Basic music knowledge. ( if you don't have this, don't worry, I'll tell you what you need to know)
Basic guitar skills. ( Not teaching it)
Basic piano skills. ( Not teaching it)
basic math skills, adding subtracting.

Step 2: Finding the First Notes.

The first thing you need to do is to find the first few notes.

Read the tab and make sure your guitar is in the right tune for what ever tab you are using. you can find a good online tuner here. I'm going use I constantly thank god for Esteban by Panic! At The Disco, this song is tuned in drop D, or DADGBE.

Now look at the first numbers on the guitar, hopefully you know these stand for what fret to press your finger down on and the bottom line is the thickest string, the first notes for the song I'm playing are 5, 3, 6, 4, 3, 3 on strings D2 (second d string), G, B, B, G, B.

Step 3: Converting the The First Notes to Piano

to convert the Tab to actual notes you need to know some music basics.

Music notes go from A A# B B# C C# D D# E F F# G G#, keep in mind there is no E#. The tuning of the guitar is the notes the strings make when you just strum it with out your fingers on the fret board. so in the tab I'm using, the first note is F#, I found this out simply by counting the frets until I reached the fifth fret starting from D then going to the first fret, which is D#, then the next two frets, which are E and F, than the next two frets, which are F# and G, G is the fifth fret.

Continue to do this with each note for the tab I'm using and you will get G, A#, E, D, A#, C#. Now that is all the note converting you need to do, move on to the next step.

Step 4: Converting the Rest of the Song

Now that you have the first notes as a base converting the rest of the song is easy.

Read the tab and play the notes we found on the piano. after that the next frets would be 4, 3, 4, 3, 3, 3, same configuration as the last notes. subtract the difference between 5 and 4 from G on the piano keys and you should get F#. do the same with all the others and you should get F#, A#, D, C#, D, C#.

Step 5: All Done.

If you managed to do all of that you should be able to manage the rest of the song and other songs on your own, this is my first instructables so comments are criticism would be very helpful.

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    2 years ago

    There is technically an E# and it's F. There are also double sharps (if F is already sharped to F#, it can be sharped again and a little x symbol will appear next to it and it becomes G, but is written as F double sharp. #xF). It all depends on the key that the music is written in. E# can be written, but it is played as F.


    5 years ago on Step 5

    Could use some pics on the notes on the guitar and the piano keys.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    I know this is late but, at least in piano, it's fine to have a B# because in certain keys and following theory, it is more correct to have the B# than a C. For example, in a harmonic minor, we raise the 7th tone by 1 semitone - so if B is the 7th, it has to be moved to B# for that scale, which is C# minor.


    11 years ago on Step 3

    B# is enharmonic to C, as E# is enharmonic to F. You only included the latter....


    Reply 11 years ago on Step 3

    sorry, my music knowledge is pretty basic, mind explaining it to me over a message?


    Reply 11 years ago on Step 3

    He means that there is no such thing as B#. This is actually a simplification, because technically C is B#, and even beyond that, there are music systems other than the one you (and most Western musicians) are using in which there are notes that could be called B#. But, for your purposes, there is no B#. There is no key between B and C on the piano.