Guitar Scale Tab

Written by Patricia Tunstall
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Easy Guitar Scale Tab

Guitar scale tab, short for tablature, is a fast, easy method for beginning players to start actually producing harmonious sounds, chords, and songs. As an alternative to standard notation, tab enables you to "play" songs without having to deal with the technical aspects of music theory. This shortcut method might help you sustain your interest in playing as you learn guitar scales, basic guitar chords, and chord progressions.

If you love music, and have a strong desire to play an instrument, use tablature to strengthen your guitar techniques. The more you play, the more you are bound to learn about the basics of musical notation. You may decide that it is worth your while to learn standard notation in order to better understand meter, intervals, note duration, and keys.

Advantages and Disadvantages

Guitar scale tab has obvious advantages, as discussed above. On the one hand, there is no harm in starting to make musical sounds right away. On the other, it might deter you from getting into the tough details of music theory and notation. Without being able to read music, you are restricted to playing by ear, or to using tablature.

There are many books that transcribe songs by famous musicians and bands into tab. Their quality is uneven, however, and buyers sometimes complain that the songs are not transcribed as they were played by the original musician. Better to use a high-quality, all-inclusive wall chart that gives fingering positions, scales, keys, and other relevant musical information at a glance. You still start with the easy left side of such a chart, but you can then progress into more complex musical areas at your own pace.


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Colin,This was great and it looks really easy unlses you're like me that doesn't know jack about music theory. Thanks!Al[]mark Reply:June 4th, 2011 at 9:58 pmsimple theory G major is G A B C D E F# G ( any major scale is figured W W H W W W H) W- whole step, G to A or E to F# H- half step F# to G for example) so knowing the G major scale is G A B C D E F# G . Give each letter a number G is 1 A is 2 B is 3 .. a major chord is the 1,3,and 5 note for G major GBD makes the chord tones 1st and 3rd would be G and B what he is playing on the 1 and 2,3 strings. In a major scale the first note The I is always major ( G Major) the ii(2) chord is Am(inor)ACE. III B minor (BD F#). IV is always major in this case C major(CEG). V chord is D7(D F# A C). vi 6 chord E minor( EGB). The vii is rarely played. I IV V of a scale are the most used chords. On guitar a chord should have the 1,3,5 of the chord tones they can be repeated C major open x32010= 6 string muted or if open E, 5 str.C, 4 str E, 3 str open G, 2 str 1 fret is C, 1 str open is E (ECEGE) I hope that helps the theory it is really not that hard. If you have any questions Email me I've been playing for almost a year. I know my theory well, but my strumming needs work. Have fun Mark (smurfinmaui at hotmail.com[] Reply:June 6th, 2011 at 8:11 amHey Mark you covered a lot of ground in there, but you're bang on []