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What is Tablature?

Imagine you are looking down at the fingerboard of a guitar or banjo from above. Tablature shows a line for each string with the first (highest sounding) string at the top and the lowest sounding (bass) string at the bottom. Each fret is given a number, 0 for unfretted, 1 for the first fret, 2 for the second and so on.


Each string of the guitar or banjo is shown as a line on the tablature

But how long do you play a string for?

There are symbols above the fret number which tell you how long to hold down a string.

This means hold down the string for one count

This means play the string twice for half a count each

Numbers arranged on top of each other mean play these strings together as a chord

Don't worry about learning all the different symbols now! This is just to give you an idea of how it works.