Learn to play ukulele : How to Read a Basic Tablature

How to Read a Basic Tablature

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This is hardly conventional, but I'd like to impart some advice on how to read a simple tablature. To begin, what is a tablature? A tablature (or tab) is a special way of writing music for stringed instraments such as guitar or ukulele. 

Now, the very first tab I ever learned was "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star." The tab would have looked something like this...





Something like this can look kind of intimidating to a beginner, but after you break it down, it's a piece of cake!

The letters along the left-hand side are the string names. Sorry to all you other ukulele players out there, I only have a soprano. When one of the strings has a number on it, the number represents a fret. 0 means no fret, 1 means 1, 2 means 2, and on and on. After your comfortable with the rhythm (I haven't included one) you can start to speed it up.

And if you read this and find it helpful, message me! I love it when I know all the stuff I put on here is liked or needed!

Thanks, and happy tabbing to all!


Lesson by , 17 Nov 2012

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