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Guitar Lessons That Don't Suck! Part 3

Updated on July 23, 2011

Stevie Ray Vaughn

TAB Part 2

If you haven't been through the Introduction to TAB lesson, please click here to take that lesson and then come back here when you are finished. TAB works best when you are already familiar with the piece you want to play. Because it does not provide a way to denote things like how long to hold a note, your memory of the song will have to provide that information. This lesson will go over notations for hammer ons, pull offs, string bending, tremolo and more. Below are the symbols used with TAB:

Advanced TAB Symbols

The Secret To Learning TAB

Unfortunately, there really is no secret to learning TAB. At first it will seem very much like a foreign language. I suggest getting the first part I showed you on the first TAB lesson down cold, and then start on part 2. Take then one at a time. Memorize the hammer on symbol and play with it for a few days and then move on to the next one. You've heard all the old truths just like I have, Rome wasn't built in a day, You've got to walk before you can run. They are so true and definitely should be applied here. Just jump in, get started and before you know it you'll be a master at TAB. SO what are you waiting for? Have fun.


TAB Symbols Explained

Free TABs and More

Here is a great website with links to thousands of TABs, guitar tricks, free videos, bass TABs, Top 100 Guitar Sites, Lyric Crawler, Riffs and Solos and much, much more.  

Eric Clapton and Peter Green

Video of Eric Clapton and Peter Green

Here is a great YouTube video of Eric Clapton when he was with Cream explaining his guitar technique. It's about five minutes long. Clapton offers some insight into his playing, including tips on how he gets his famous “woman tone” on his Gibson SG. Click here to check it out.

There is also a video on this same page about Peter Green when he was with Fleetwood Mac. All blues rock lovers, don't miss this performance of "Oh Well".

Stevie Ray Vaughn

Guitar Player Interview with Stevie Ray Vaughn


Stevie Ray Vaughan, in an October 1984 interview with Guitar Player Magazine, responding to the question “Do any of your guitars have maple necks?”:

Lenny does. It has a real clear tone, and the pickups are microphonic. You can hear it when you hit the pickguard. But when you play it soft, it sounds great. When I first got the guitar, it had a rosewood fretboard, but it was thinner, and that bothered me. So I put a copy of a Fender maple neck on there that Billy Gibbons gave me. I like the rosewood necks usually, because, for one thing, when you sweat, you don’t get blisters. It seems like the finish on a maple neck gets hotter, and there’s more friction. As hard as I play and as much as I sweat, I get sore enough as it is. There’s a fatter sound on the rosewood, as far as I can tell. It’s not as bright. The ebony fretboard seems a little clearer, but it’s fat, too.
Check out this cool video of Stevie Ray cruisin' on "Pride and Joy" 

Where Do You Want To Go?

Those of you who want to learn to play the guitar merely to jam around with your friends really have no need of music theory. All you need to do is learn your basic chords, understand TAB and you're good to go. Once you have a good handle on TAB, you can go online and get the TAB to whatever song you want to learn to play and then just learn it. It's that simple.

But if you have dreams of playing professionally either regionally or in a major music capital like Nashville, New York or L. A. you will need a good knowledge of how music works. When you want to burn a great guitar solo, you will need to know your scales and modes so you don't come off sounding like an amateur. In my IntroductionTo Music Theory, you will learn about the major scale and how it relates to the guitar. Plus you'll feel a whole lot smarter. Good luck. Joe

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Please Leave A Comment

My aim with these lessons is to give you information about the guitar that is easy to understand, interesting and challenging. Learning to play the guitar is hard enough when everything makes sense. I want you to keep coming back and keep finding everything you need to become the guitar player you want to be. I will keep adding lessons, articles, videos, audio files and software day by day. Please help me and leave a comment and let me know what worked and what didn't work for you while you were here. Best of luck to you and please come back again. Thanks, Joe


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