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Amber
06-18-2009, 11:06 AM
A--7----14--11----9-----11--12--11----9-----11---7----------------------
E--7--------------10-------------------10---------7----------------------
C--8---------------9--------------------9----------8---------------------
G------------------------------------------------------------------------


How the heck am I suppose to read that....? :confused:

Bram
06-18-2009, 11:32 AM
Just read the 4 lines from left to the right.
Place a finger on the 7th fret on the A string, another one on the 7th fret on the E string (or you can bar both with 1 finger) and put another finger on the 8th fret on the C string. Once u placed your fingers, strum those 3 strings 1 time. Then you move on the the next grab, you place 1 finger on the 14th fret on the A string and pick the A string. Then you place 1 finger on the 11th fret on the A string and pick the A string again. Then you place your fingers on the next frets and strum those 3 strings etc etc.

Good luck!

ukulele2544
06-18-2009, 11:33 AM
check THIS (http://ukuleleunderground.com/2008/12/06/uke-minutes-30-how-to-read-tabs/) out.:shaka:

ukeshale
06-18-2009, 11:37 AM
A--7----14--11----9-----11--12--11----9-----11---7----------------------
E--7--------------10-------------------10---------7----------------------
C--8---------------9--------------------9----------8---------------------
G------------------------------------------------------------------------


How the heck am I suppose to read that....? :confused:

each of those numbers represents the fret you need to hold down and on which string. so first you hold down the 7th frets on the A and E strings and the 8th on the C string and play those together. if you have to play a string open then there'll be a zero '0' but the G string isn't played at all in this piece of tab. I hope that's relatively clear. There should be some threads in the forum on how to read tab. just use the search function and find them if after this you're still trying to grasp it.

ukeshale
06-18-2009, 11:38 AM
there you go, just go to the thread that 'ukulele2544' has linked you to :)

Spooner
06-18-2009, 12:50 PM
This one is also very helpful:

http://ukulelehunt.com/how-to-read-ukulele-tab/

Kanaka916
06-18-2009, 03:07 PM
Here's the one by davoomac (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?t=809) . . .

hawaiianmusiclover06
06-18-2009, 07:23 PM
This was very useful for me too, because I am having a hard time reading tabs. One of my 'ukulele teacher who is teaching me how to read tabs is none other than Herb Ohta, Jr. It is not easy.

seeso
06-18-2009, 07:28 PM
It's definitely difficult to get used to at first, but you'll get the hang of it. Let us know how it's coming along, Amber.

ichadwick
06-19-2009, 01:41 AM
Once you get some experience using tabs, you'll find them easy to read. For those of us who don't read music (or like me read it at glacial speed), it's a good system for writing out songs.

Lori
06-19-2009, 06:35 AM
I like tabs better than reading music notation. I learned to read music for the classical guitar many years ago (so I am a bit rusty there). Then I picked up the banjo. The tuning from guitar to banjo is different, so instead of confusing myself, I started reading tabs for 5 string banjo. Now, picking up the uke, there is another group of tunings to further confuse matters. My brain is just not up to all that. It's bad enough that the chord diagram names are all different. So, I don't worry about the musical notation much, and just read the tabs. I will leave musical notation for classical guitar and piano, where you don't get tablature music very easily.

Tabs are great! Once you get the hang of it, you can try other instruments more easily. Not that you would ever want another instrument after the ukulele!

–Lori

8890
06-19-2009, 07:20 AM
No wonder you struggle, that tab is unreadable!

A tab in plain text, like this one, needs to be written and displayed in a non-proportional font. That means every character must be equally wide, like on an old-fashioned typewriter. ("i" and "1" takes as much space as "m" and "9".)

Here's the tab in a non-proportional font. It still doesn't look like it lines up properly:


a--7----14--11----9-----11--12--11----9-----11---7----------------------
e--7--------------10-------------------10---------7----------------------
c--8---------------9--------------------9----------8---------------------
g------------------------------------------------------------------------

I suspect the tab is supposed to look like below, but there's no way to tell for sure:


a--7----14--11----9-----11--12--11----9-----11---7----------------------
e--7--------------10------------------10---------7----------------------
c--8--------------9-------------------9----------8----------------------
g-----------------------------------------------------------------------