Please note that the guitar tablature is usually known as just TAB.
Well, what do these numbers on the TAB stand for?
‘0’ on the 6th string indicates that you have to play the open 6th string.
‘1’ on the 6th string indicates that you have to play the 1st fret on the 6th string (preferably with your index finger).
‘2’ on the 5th string indicates that you have to play the 2nd fret on the 5th string (preferably with your middle finger).
‘3’ on the 6th string indicates that you have to play the 3rd fret on the 6th string (preferably with your ring finger).
If you encounter ‘4’ on any string on a TAB, then 4th fret of that string must be played (pinky finger is recommended if the previous note was on the 1st or 2nd or 3rd fret of the same string or any of the adjacent strings).
The above figure shows how a chord is notated on guitar TAB.
- This is the TAB notation of ‘C Major’ chord.
- If the fret numbers are stacked one above the other, then you need to play them all at once.
- To play this chord, the 3rd fret of the 5th string must be pressed with your ring finger, 2nd fret of the 4th string with your middle finger and 1st fret of the 2nd string with your index finger.
- Please note that the 3rd and 1st strings are open, which means no frets are to be pressed on those strings. Once you have placed the fingers, strum them all at once to play the C Major chord.