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11-15-2009, 04:09 AM

I kinda need help with this, can someone tell me what the circled ones mean? Thanks! :wallbash:

11-15-2009, 04:51 AM
I'm not too familiar with all ukulele tab so someone will correct me if i'm wrong

1. See HoldinCoffee's explanation on post 4 :)

2. Anything with an angled lined and the arch(es) is a slide - you pick the first note then slide up/down the string to the next note(s) stated. An angled line without the arch(es) is known as a 'shift slide' and requires you to pluck the note you've slid up/down to (as well as the one you started on)

3. Not sure

5. Just another regular slide

4.+ 6. = Hammer-ons and Pull-offs

Hammer-ons and pull-offs are shown by using an 'arch' - not everywhere will write 'H' and 'P' or use the arch. some will slip the letters 'h' or 'p' inbetween the notes on the tab like '6h8'

I'm going to assume that you know what hammer ons and pull offs are and how to execute them.

If not here's the uke minutes for hammer-ons (http://ukuleleunderground.com/2008/04/05/uke-minutes-10-hammer-ons/)

Hammer-ons and pull-off combos (http://ukuleleunderground.com/2008/07/05/uke-minutes-19-pull-offs-and-hammer-pull-combos/)

7. These are known as 'dead notes' you mute all the designated strings (and play them) just lay your fingers gently on the strings (not enough to fret them) and then play away.

8. Two slides. Notice how you're only sliding on the strings that have the angled line. First you're sliding down and then back up.

9. See above ^ :D

I hope this has helped and is relatively clear. While I was searching for those 'Uke minutes' I happened to see a 'how to read tab' one. I haven't seen it myself but it could be helpful so here it is

how to read tabs (http://ukuleleunderground.com/2008/12/06/uke-minutes-30-how-to-read-tabs/)

how to read tabs : continued (http://ukuleleunderground.com/2008/12/20/uke-minutes-32-basic-tab-notation/)

11-15-2009, 04:59 AM
Ukeshale got most of it.

1. Vibrato - strum the chord when "wiggle" with your fretting hand bending the notes back and forth. I'm not 100% sure on this one either...Ukeshale could be right that it just means upstroke.

3. This just means to hold the note/chord into the next measure.

11-15-2009, 05:03 AM
For #3, look at the musical staff. See how the end of bar 6 is exactly the same chord as the beginning of bar 7? Notice the tie between them. That tie is telling you to hold the chord from bar six into bar seven.


#1 is an arpeggio. Each string is plucked so each note can be distinctly heard... either a slow strum in the direction indicated by the arrow or picked individually... watch Ken Middleton videos for good examples of apreggio

Edit edit::

Here's an atricle from UkuleleHunt on how to read tab:

11-15-2009, 03:19 PM
Wow thanks guys! Lol, now i can finally understand!!! :worship:

You really have no idea how much i have gone through trying to figure out all on the sheet :old:.

Thanks again! :D

11-16-2009, 02:33 AM
You're welcome.

Good quality teamwork :D

11-16-2009, 08:57 AM
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11-16-2009, 09:03 AM
Next we form Voltron, Defender of the Universe

haha :D Too funny

11-16-2009, 10:49 AM
Next we form Voltron, Defender of the Universe

+1 imaginary rep point:)