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HOW TO READ TABS, BARRE CHORDS, AND SOME OPEN CHORDS!!!!!!!!

Posted: Mon Nov 10, 2003 10:11 pm
by Poncho
There are two different types of tabs.

Heres the first (and probably the most common)
e-------------------------------------------------------------------------
B-------------------------------------------------------------------------
G-------------------------------------------------------------------------
D-------------------------------------------------------------------------
A-------------------------------------------------------------------------
E-------------------------------------------------------------------------

each of those lines represents a string. The letters next to the lines tell you what string it is. If you dont knwo those letters, then just remembers that the first line is the HIGH E string (or the thinnest string) all the way down to the LOW E string (thickest one.) When a number is put on the line, that is the fret you have to play. A zero (0) means play that string open. Whoever writes the tab might try to write out the timing by spacing the numbers, but its best to listen to the song while you learn the tab. This tab is used mainly for riffs and solos. An x on the string (-x-) means to hit that fret, but mute it. If two numbers are connected by a slash (/ or \) that means to slide inbetween each note. (most tabbers put a legend at the top of their tab)

The next tab is this:

E
I dont practice santeria
Ab
I aint got no crystal ball
Dbm
Well I had a million dollars
B
Id, Id spend it all

Since the above song is Santeria, you would use barre chords (if this is the case, the tabber will usually put something like "all barre chords" at the top of the tab). This means to play these chords along with the lyrics, and to switch only when a new letter is shown. If you were looking at a tab to a song like Poolshark, where Brad uses both root 6 and root 5 chords, then a roman numeral will be placed next to the chord letter, indicating the fret at which to play the tab. For example:

Dm (V)
Lying in my plastic bed
Am (V)
thinking how things werent so cool to me
Bb (VI)
my baby likes too shoot pool

If you dont know barre chords, they are like this: (im going to use A chords for the root 6 forms, and D chords for the root 5. Barre chords can be played up and down the entire neck)

ROOT 6

major minor 7th
-5- -5- -5-
-5- -5- -5-
-6- -5- -6-
-7- -7- -5-
-7- -7- -7-
-5- -5- -5-

ROOT 5 (flatten your ring finger for major chords)

major minor 7th
-5- -5- -5-
-7- -6- -7-
-7- -7- -5-
-7- -7- -7-
-5- -5- -5-
-x- -x- -x-

the notes on the 6th and 5th string are like this (in order, starting with the open string):

6th: E F F#/Gb G G#/Ab A A#/Bb B C C#/Db D D#/Eb E

5th: A A#/Bb B C C#/Db D D#/Eb E F F#/Gb G G#/Ab A

In some cases, you will want to use Root 5 chords instead of using Root 6 chords all the time. The tabber might not note this, so play what is easiest for you.

There are also open chords. Since this is a Sublime site, I'm just gonna keep on using Sublime songs as an example...

I have looked at all the Sublime songs that use open chords. And the ones you need to know are these:

C
-0-
-1-
-0-
-2-
-3-
-x-

G
-3-
-3-
-0-
-0-
-2-
-3-

A
-0-
-2-
-2-
-2-
-0-
-x-

Asus2 (appears in the acoustic version of Saw Red)
-0-
-0-
-2-
-2-
-0-
-x-

Em (appears in the Marley Medley)
-0-
-0-
-0-
-2-
-2-
-0-

Dm (appears in Get Out)
-1-
-3-
-2-
-0-
-x-
-x-

D (Rivers of Babylon)
-2-
-3-
-2-
-0-
-x-
-x-

There are other open chords too (I'd say at least 100 more). Bob Marley uses a G/B chord in Redemption Song and No Woman No Cry

G/B (sometimes called G/B Bass)
-0-
-3-
-0-
-0-
-2-
-0-

Also, in a song that is all (or mostly) open chords, use the Root 6 F Barre chord, because thats the only F.

The song Blackbird by the Beatles actually uses chords that never existed before the song. (I'm not even gonna write em out. Contact me if you really want to know them)

When playing with a capo, as you might do with songs such as Rivers of Babylon or Here Comes the Sun, you have to pretend that where ever the capo is placed, the next fret is the 1st fret. Example: If the capo is placed ON the 5th fret, the 6TH fret becomes the 1ST fret. So, if the tab calls for a capo on the first fret, and the tab says "play the 2nd fret on the second string", you would play the third fret (if the capo was not there). Does that make sense?

Sometimes, it can be hard to tell when to play a barre chord or an open chord. I can tell you this much:

the open chord for a B is simply the root 5 major chord. (played at the 2nd fret)

When there is the "tab bar" (see top), and it has the numbers on it, but also has chord letters above, that means to hold the chord, and pick the notes. This will make the intro to Santeria, and the Zeppelin song Dy'er Mak'er much easier to play.


Tab Sites recomended by Poncho
http://www.mxtabs.net
http://www.taborama.com
http://www.e-tabs.org
http://www.geocities.com/crazy_fool_96 (for Sublime guitar tabs)
http://members.aol.com/punani42o (for Sublime bass tabs)

Posted: Tue Nov 11, 2003 9:57 am
by secrettweakerpad
:o

Posted: Tue Nov 11, 2003 10:42 am
by SoSublimeChick
someone make it sticky. i dunno how or if i even can.

Posted: Sat Nov 15, 2003 3:55 pm
by secrettweakerpad
i understand like 60% of that.......the rest went right over me head.........i can play ez songs on guitar(mary had a little lamb, happy bday,ect...... :lol: :D ) but i can play keyboard quite well........i wish i could find some shhet music or something......i posted it in general cuz no1 ever comes here......if u ever seen ne......plz gimmie the link.....or if u have one....scan it, and send it to me plz :pray: ........thanks in advance :whistle:

Posted: Sat Nov 15, 2003 3:58 pm
by BuckDogInsideTheVan
:o :o :o :o :o :o wow

Posted: Tue Dec 16, 2003 6:03 am
by kaya024
i know how to play the guitar but some of the things i just cant read i mean i no how to play april 29 1992 and redemtion song by bob marley but some of the time i cant really understand how to read the tabs but if you could tell me if it is better just to get a book on how to play the guitar or just take classes what would you prefer?

Posted: Tue Dec 16, 2003 1:20 pm
by Poncho
well, nothin beats going somewhere and paying for lessons, or payin more for someone to come to you. Classes would be much better then a book, because sometimes the book wont show you the easiest (or correct) fingering for a chord or how to play a solo.

a

Posted: Wed Dec 24, 2003 12:34 am
by Zero~Cool
wow ok how long did it take you to write that

Posted: Tue Dec 30, 2003 6:27 pm
by Poncho
a good half an hour...i had written it before for Ewa i think...so i copied and pasted it into a new topic

Posted: Mon Jan 12, 2004 6:46 pm
by Poncho
ANNOUNCEMENT:

anyone who wants to send me pictures of their guitars, id love to see em, and ill tell ya somethin about em too...

d

Posted: Fri Jan 16, 2004 9:56 pm
by Zero~Cool
hey to every one go here http://www.ibanez.com/allyouneed/dvd_cl ... eg&v=1&s=2

it simplifies stuff if you are slow n dont know about giutars well its on a ibanez guitar you need quicktime to watch this movie

Posted: Sat Jan 17, 2004 12:10 pm
by Poncho
that guy is such a weiner... look at him

besides, you gotta buy dat shit. learn from me for free!

c

Posted: Sat Jan 17, 2004 3:22 pm
by Zero~Cool
i know but i was simplifieing it for when peeps need a picture to know what ya talki about i cant learn without a visual perspective

Posted: Fri May 14, 2004 11:44 am
by I am god.
best way to learn, screw around...ive learned piano bass and violin mostly on my own

Posted: Fri May 14, 2004 11:50 am
by stevie
fuck it, Im going to learn how to play a song RIGHT now, and Im not puttin gthat damn thing down until I figure it out. Right after I do some other stuff. Maybe smoke a cigarette, take a shower, have some sex, smoke some more cigarettes and go to bed...have a kid or...two...sleep some more...etc etc et...

s

Posted: Wed Jun 23, 2004 8:19 am
by sublimebasser
On the aol members link you put on this message you posted I donated the bass tab for Slowride

Posted: Fri Aug 13, 2004 9:33 am
by TBURD
Poncho is the man

Posted: Fri Aug 13, 2004 12:20 pm
by Poncho
haha yea i am.

Posted: Mon Aug 16, 2004 3:26 am
by LB rehab grL
um, hi. i'm new here, but i just wanted to tell ya that your thread was very helpful because i'm laerning tabs. i just play by ear, but i couldn't get the hang of pool shark. that complicates my life less... a lot less. gracias ;)

Posted: Mon Jan 03, 2005 5:48 am
by It's All Understood
Yo im ne here as well. Signed up a while ago never really had chance to come on and chat though so here i am now.

That is useful Poncho well explained, but some people don't know what 5ths are etc.
I've been playing for quite a long time and im doin a music course so i've got a pretty good grasp of music and theory but still people you can learn from poncho! :wink:

Posted: Mon Jan 03, 2005 8:48 pm
by Poncho
fifth, sixths, sevenths, ninths...theyre real hard to describe to people unless theyre physicially in front of me (at least in my opinioin)

However, the greatest chord ever is the simple 9th chord:

D9
-5-
-5-
-5-
-4-
-5-
-x-

its a moveable chord form, the root is on the fifth string. Play the 5th string with your middle finger, the fourth string with your first finger, and then flatten your ring finger for the top three strings. This chord is mainly used in funk guitar, and some jazz.

Posted: Tue Jan 04, 2005 5:33 am
by It's All Understood
good job tho bro

Posted: Fri Aug 19, 2005 8:41 am
by Lu dogs shit
i wonder if ppl still talk in here but i dont get the whoel root things ive been playin for a couple month and ive never heard of it. i guess im kinda slow so can u tell me the point of roots in a differnt way plaease?

Posted: Fri Aug 19, 2005 6:29 pm
by Poncho
The only point of roots is to tell you what chord your playing.

-5-
-5-
-6-
-7-
-7-
-5-

That is an A chord because the root is on the 5th fret of the 6th string, which is an A.

Sometimes, it can be hard to identify the roots of a chord, but most of the time, if the 6th or 5th string is included in the chord, that will be the root note. Like everything, there are exceptions to this rule. But, for a beginner's sake, stick to this.

Helpful?

Posted: Fri Aug 19, 2005 6:48 pm
by Lu dogs shit
yes helpful afe roots just like barchords but they tell u what chord?


and i also got 2 questions how long have u been playing?, is that ur guitar in that pic under ur username?