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Things About Tablature

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What you will find on this site is the easiest to read Tablature that I know how to make using a symple word processor. As I explained at the start, I’m not a computer type guy and so I don’t use Tablature software. I know that’s not a good thing but that’s what it is for now. Anyway, I’ve noticed that when it comes to Tablature, it seems like just about anyone who writes it can make up his own thing and put his own little twist on what he calls “HIS TAB.” in order to be unique.

Learning to finger pick guitar using finger picks is hard enough without having to learn unnecessary things like how to read Tablature. So I promise to keep this Tablature as simple as possible so you can concentrate on picking and not what the tablature means.

For example, some of the other guys right hand Tab. is based on what has traditionally been used in classical guitar. With this kind of Tab. the fingers of the right hand are assigned different letters. Thumb = p; 1st or index finger = i; 2nd or middle finger = m; 3rd or ring finger = a. Sorry folks- but that’s too complicated for me! I’m just a regular guy – It’s from classical guitar Tab so vidently they get those letters from another language that I don’t speak. What ever it is it makes no sence to me. Others Tablatures that I’ve seen try to put their little twist on it by even assigning colors to the fingers. Sorry – but that’s too confusing too!!! (Don’t get me wrong! I understand why they use the colors, and it has it’s place with some applications, but it’s just not necessary in order to learn to finger pick guitar.) Simple minded I guess but please give me something EASY. KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) sounds like a good rule of thumb when it come to Tab.!

It’s interesting to me because when they explain what the letters or colors mean they say for example “this color” = 1st finger, “that color” = 2nd finger” and so on. So why not just Keep It Simple Stupid and just use a “1” for the first finger and a “2” for the second, instead of further complicating the learning process with unnecessary stuff.

What you want to be trying to do here is to learn finger picking. Your mental energies should be going toward that task and not toward trying to figure out and decipher what the Tablature means.

On my site what you will find for the right hand is this;

T = Thumb; 1 = 1st finger; 2 = 2nd finger; 3 = 3rd finger.

To me…..that’s simple! I can understand that pretty quick! Without much thought!

That’s what we want.

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