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Free Guitar Tabs

Free Guitar Tablature (or tabulature, or tab/tabs for short) is a form of musical notation indicating instrument fingering rather than musical pitches.

Free Guitar Tablature is common for fretted stringed instruments such as the lute, vihuela, or guitar, as well as many free reed aerophones such as the harmonica. Free Guitar Tablature was common during the Renaissance and Baroque eras, and is commonly used in notating rock, pop, folk, ragtime, and blues music.

Three types of organ tablature were used in Europe: German, Spanish and Italian. There are several types of ocarina tabulature.[1] Harp tablature was used in Spain and Wales.

To distinguish standard musical notation from tablature, the former is usually called "staff notation" or just "notation".

An alternate usage of the word "tab" is common on the internet, where it can also refer to conventional chord symbols (for harmony), or note names (for melody).

Understanding the Tab Staff

tab staff
A tab staff for guitar has 6 horizontal lines, each one representing a string of the instrument. The bottom line of the staff represents your lowest "E" string, the second line from the bottom represents your "A" string, etc.

Notice that there are numbers located smack dab in the middle of the lines (aka strings). The numbers simply represent the fret the tab is telling you to play. For example, in the illustration above, the tab is telling you to play the third string (third line) seventh fret.

Note: When the number "0" is used in tablature, this indicates that the open string should be played.

This is the concept of reading tab, at it's most basic. Now let's examine some of the more advanced aspects of reading tablature notation, including how to read chords in tab.

How to read guitar tab video lesson


1 "(I "

from the LP Out Of Our Heads
Rolling Stones
Rolling Stones - Out Of Our Heads
2 "Respect"

from the LP I Never Loved A Man The Way
I Love You

Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin - I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You
3 "Stairway "

from the LP Led Zeppelin IV
Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin IV
4 "Like "

from the LP Highway 61 Revisited
Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisted
5 "Born "

from the LP Born To Run
Bruce Springsteen - Born To Run
6 "Hotel "

from the LP Hotel California
The Eagles
The Eagles - Hotel California
7 "Light "

from the LP The Door
The Doors
The Doors LP
8 "Good "

from the LP The Best Of The
Beach Boys
Beach Boys
The Best Of The Beach Boys
9 "Hey "

from the LP Hey Jude (The Beatles Again)
The Beatles
The Beatles - Hey Jude
10 "Imagine"

from the LP Imagine
John Lennon
John Lennon - Imagine


11 "Louie Louie"

from the LP The Kingsmen In Person
The Kingsmen The Kingsmen - The Kingsmen In Person
12 "Yesterday"

from the LP Help!
The Beatles The Beatles - Help!
13 "My Generation"

from the LP The Who Sings My Generation
The Who The Who - The Who Sings My Generation
14 "What's Going On"

from the LP
What's Going On
Marvin Gaye Marvin Gaye - What's Going On
15 "Johnny B. Goode"

from the LP Chuck Berry'
s Greatest Hits
Chuck Berry Chuck Berry - Chuck Berry's Greatest Hits
16 "Layla"

from the LP Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs
Derek &
The Dominos
Derek & The Dominos - Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs
17 "Won't Get Fooled Again"

from the LP Who's Next
The Who The Who - Who's Next
18 "Jailhouse Rock"

from the LP Elvis' Golden Records
Elvis Presley Elvis Presley - Elvis' Gold Records
19 "American Pie"

from the LP American Pie
Don McLean Don McLean - American Pie
20 "A Day In The Life"

from the LP Sgt. Pepper's Lonely
Hearts Club Band
The Beatles The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
21 "I Got You (I Feel Good)"

from the LP I Got You (I Feel Good)
James Brown James Brown - I Got You (I Feel Good)
22 "Superstition"

from the LP Talking Book
Stevie Wonder Stevie Wonder - Talking Book
23 "I Want To Hold Your Hand"

from the LP Meet The Beatles!
The Beatles The Beatles - Meet The Beatles
24 "Brown Sugar"

from the LP Sticky Fingers
Rolling Stones Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers
25 "Purple Haze"

from the LP Are You Experienced?
Jimi Hendrix Jimi Hendrix -  You Experienced?
26 "Sympathy For The Devil"

from the LP Beggars Banquet
Rolling Stones Rolling Stones - Beggar's Banquet
27 "Bohemian Rhapsody"

from the LP A Night At The Opera
Queen Queen - A Night At The Opera
28 "You Really Got Me"

from the LP You Really Got Me
The Kinks The Kinks - You Really Got Me
29 "Oh, Pretty Woman"

from the LP Orbisongs
Roy Orbison Roy Orbison - Orbisongs
30 "Bridge Over Troubled Waters"

from the LP Bridge Over Troubled Waters
Simon &
Simon & Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Waters
31 "Hound Dog"

from the LP Elvis
Elvis Presley Elvis Presley - Elvis
32 "Let It Be"

from the LP Let It Be
The Beatles The Beatles - Let It Be
33 "(Sittin' On)
The Dock Of The Bay"

from the LP The Dock Of The Bay
Otis Redding Otis Redding - The Dock Of The Bay
34 "All Along The Watchtower"

from the LP Electric Ladyland
Jimi Hendrix Jimi Hendrix - Electric Ladyland
35 "Walk This Way"

from the LP Toys In The Attic
Aerosmith Aerosmith - Toys In The Attic
36 "My Girl"

from the LP The Temptations Sing Smokey
The Temptations The Temptations - The Temptations Sing Smokey
37 "Rock Around The Clock"

from the LP Shake Rattle And Roll
Bill Haley &
His Comets
Bill Haley & His Comets
38 "I Heard It Through
The Grapevine"

from the LP In The Groove
(I Heard It Through
The Grapevine)

Marvin Gaye Marvin Gaye - In The Groove (I Heard It Through The Grapevine)
39 "Proud Mary"

from the LP Bayou Country
Creedence Clearwater Revival
40 "Born To Be Wild"

from the LP Steppenwolf
Steppenwolf Steppenwolf
41 "Smells Like Teen Spirit"

from the LP Nevermind
Nirvana Nirvana - Nevermind
42 "Every Breath You Take"

from the LP Synchronicity
The Police The Police - Synchronicity
43 "What'd I Say"

from the LP Live
Ray Charles Ray Charles - Live
44 "Free Bird"

from the LP One More From The Road
Lynyrd Skynyrd Lynyrd Skynyrd - One More From The Road
45 "That'll Be The Day"

from the LP The Buddy Holly Story
Buddy Holly &
The Crickets
Buddy Holly & The Crickets
46 "Whole Lotta Love"

from the LP Led Zeppelin II
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin II
47 "Dream On"

from the LP Aerosmith
Aerosmith Aerosmith
48 "California Dreamin'"

from the LP If You Can Believe Your
Eyes And Ears

Mamas &
The Papas
Mamas & The Papas
49 "Brown Eyed Girl"

from the LP Blowin' Your Mind
Van Morrisson Van Morrisson - Blowin' Your Mind
50 "Wild Thing"

from the LP Wild Thing
The Troggs The Troggs

Free Guitar tablature