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).
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.
Play these notes.
Play this simple song: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.