Acoustic Guitar Tablature

There is no real difference between electric and acoustic guitar tablature other than the instruments themselves.  The theory remains constant although electric guitars are generally a bit easier to play depending on the action.  Players who play hollow bodies, tend to refer to online guitar tablature as Ďacoustic guitar tablatureí simply because thatís their instrument of choice.  In this section weíre going to share some free guitar tab with you to familiarize you with how itís written and interpreted.   There are other sources for online guitar tablature and many offer free guitar tab. However, we like to think our acoustic guitar tablature is the most comprehensive found on the net.  Itís unique and best of all, who can argue with free guitar tab.


So letís get started.  Weíll start you with some notes about our first offering:


SCARBOROUGH FAIR (click here to see music sheet)

Listen for the inherent sustaining qualities of your guitar. The guitar tends to be approached too often as a percussive instrument.  The "capo" enables you to transpose the music you play (on the guitar) to another key, while still playing the chord fingerings of the original key.


(BAR 1) 1) The opening arpeggio1 is an "Em6" chord, which sets the mood for this piece.

(BARS 11&12) 2) Leave your 2nd finger on the "E" note for both bars, sliding it a little to the left when making room for the 3rd finger to play the "A" note on the 3rd string.

(BAR 21) 3) As you hit the open strings of the "Em" chord, place your 1st finger on the low "B" note, preparing for the "Em6" arpeggio.

(BARS 24-25) 4) An alternative fingering would be to slide up to the "C#" with the 1st finger, setting up the 2nd finger for the "A"(2nd string) followed by a slide down to the "B"(1st string) with the 4th finger. The 1st and 2nd fingers are now in position for the "Em9" chord.

(BAR 30) 5) As you slide down to the "D", place your 1st finger on the "B", preparing you for another voicing of the "G" chord.

(BAR 34) 6) Your first finger maintains a partial-barre for both chords.

(BAR 35) 7) The standard "D" chord fingering facilitates a pull-off to the open "EĒ.

(BAR 53) 8) Last note in the bar is an open "B", which sets up the mood and ritard for the ending.







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In finger-style guitar, the melody is frequently "voiced" as the highest (top) note in a chord.  Quite often, this melody will be sounded by your ring (3rd) finger, which by nature is weaker than your index(1st) or middle(2nd) fingers. For this reason, pay a little extra attention and listen to make sure that your ring(3rd) finger is playing with sufficient volume and proper technique.  As mentioned earlier, the ring(3rd) finger handles most of the "vocals." 1 Arpeggio: a chord whose notes are performed in succession, not simultaneously (a broken chord)



Classical guitarists and finger-style aficionados use finger-nails in conjunction with the fleshy part of their finger-tips to sound the strings of the guitar.The nylon-string guitar can be played to a degree without "nails" however,

the more serious or aspiring player should consider use of the "nails". Without them, dynamics and technical execution will be limited and most importantly, the tonal resources of your guitar, to a great extent, will remain dormant.

Because the characteristics of finger-nails vary with the individual, no attempt will be made here to offer definitive rules regarding the shape and maintenance of your nails. Generally speaking, nail shapes that follow the contour of the individual finger-tips offer the least resistance to the strings. Your "barometer" should be the tone. Keep experimenting until you find

the unique sound quality of your guitar.


On the other hand, the nails on your fret-hand fingers should be kept trim enough so that they don't interfere as the string is depressed.

NOTE: Use of the nails is not recommended for the beginning student.Correct finger action should first be developed, then the addition of nails will present little, if any, difficulty.

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