TABLATURE

Tablature (or “TAB” for short) is a music notation system designed for guitar and other stringed instruments.  It is a six-line grid in which each line represents a string.   Using the designated fret number on the string-grid leads to a simple way to communicate where the fingers should be placed on the guitar.

The top line on the grid represents the 1st string on the guitar also called the “high E string”

(thinnest string).  The bottom line on the grid represents the 6th string on the guitar also called the “low E string” (thickest string).

tab staff showing the string numbers 1 through six

Don’t get confused!

When you hold the guitar, the 1st string is on the

bottom and the 6th string is on the top.   When

you read Tablature it is the opposite.  The 1st string

is on the top and the 6th string is on the bottom.

an illustration explaining the string numbers

Play these notes.

an illustration explaining how to read fret numbers on the tab staff

Play this simple song: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.

the guitar tablature for twinkle twinkle little star
red guitar logo illustration

About