Tablature or TAB is
often thought to be written for Right-Handed guitarists, however when you look close at
TAB you'll soon realize that it also applies to the Left-Handed Guitar. While holding your guitar, look down at the top of the Fretboard and you will see that the 6th string (thickest) is always at the top of the Fretboard. It doesn't matter if you play Left or Right so TAB works for either Right or Left-Handed guitars. Remember, when you buy music song books or sheet music with TAB and guitar Chords, it is often advertised on the front cover that guitar Chords diagrams/charts are included, which people know are only written for the Right-Handed guitar. So it's easy to make the mistake of thinking TAB is only for the Right-Handed ... It's Not.
Tablature is used to show guitarists where to put their fingers for
the Notes or Chords of a song without having to read music and is very easy
to learn. Here we will show you how to read TAB and the various symbols and
notations used for proper performance.
Tablature notation show guitarist's when to change the notes and how
notes are to be played such as string bending, hammer-ons, pull-oofs, slurs
and so on.
The pictures below show a Left-Handed fretboard
marked with each string's
number, string name and the Fret numbers. The fret numbers are used
on the Tab staff.
The TAB staff consists of 6 lines with each line representing each of the 6 strings. The fret number will appear on a TAB line to show you which Fret to play for each string.
The Number "0" means
to play that string as an open string OR play a string without pressing
down on the string with any fingers of your Right-Hand.
When a number appears on a Tab
line it tells you which fret to play for that string only. The Left-Handed
fretboard picture below shows all of the fret numbers.
When a TAB line does not have any numbers it means you don't play that string. This is the same as when you look at a chord diagram which has an "X" above a string.