Humans are being of passion. Each one has his which can be very different from that of the next person. While some show signs of their interest as early as early childhood, others take longer to discover theirs’. Again, some take their passion seriously making it their source of livelihood while others keep it at just that – passion that they indulge in once in a while.
There are countless stories of people around the world who found their expertise in their passion and became well known figures. They were good at what they loved doing. Some individuals require no help in discovering what their heart holds dear, others need assistance in identifying that this is what they would want to do for the rest of their life.
All of the above are possible and there is no right or wrong way to get there. If we can find within our hearts the courage to follow what life wants us to, we will have enough interest in it to pursue it wholeheartedly.
Now then where does your interest lie? Interested in playing guitar? Playing musical instruments is a passion for many. Learning the guitar requires interest, practice and patience.
Guitars use notation which is specific to guitars. It is called guitar tablature and also guitar tab, in short. It is like a short hand for guitarists to start learning how to play guitar quickly and easily. It is applicable to everyone playing guitar around the world.
Listed below are some tips on how to read the guitar tablature:
1. Guitar tabs do not convey any time information. They only tell you which notes to play but not for how long they should be played. Hence this will work only for songs you already know.
2. Reading guitar tabs is quite easy. There are six strings – E A D G B E – represented on six dashed lines. The tab is read from the bottom to the top, i.e. from the top thick E string to the bottom (thin) E string.
3. To explain further the numbers on the dashes represent the fret that must be played. When you come across a 0, know that it stands for an ‘open string’, i.e. play the string without pressing any fret.
4. Guitar-specific actions such as hammer-on, pull-off, slide, etc. like below:
\ = Slide down
/ = Slide up
h = Hammer on
p = Pull off
b = Bend
r = Release
v = Vibrato
Having mentioned the above, it is easy to see that more than anything it is practice that is required to learn playing the guitar. The tablature is pretty simple and straightforward.
5. A beginner can start by playing easy and simple songs –
Start with something very basic. Like the birthday song. “Happy Birthday to you”. Remember to sing along else you will not have the rhythm.
Play it slowly. Well, no expects you to make an evening out of listening to you play, but try to get the timing right. Make good use of your ear to strike a rhythm that works.