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									Acoustic Guitar Tab

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Summary:
This article tells you about the joys of being an acoustic guitarist and
the availability of guitar tabs. But the simplicity of learning to play
guitar from tab may be offset by the limitations of the tablature form of
guitar notation.


Keywords:
acoustic guitar, guitar tab


Article Body:
If you enjoy the idea of learning the guitar and you visualize yourself
sitting down and playing your favorite songs for your own enjoyment,
acoustic guitar tabs give you the possibility of realizing your dream.
You can pick up an acoustic guitar any time of the day or night and play
without disturbing your family or neighbors. Some people even play the
acoustic guitar while the family is watching TV in the same room!

Tablature, or tab, is the ideal way for any beginner guitar player to
learn or for a more seasoned guitarist to learn new material quickly. A
basic definition of guitar tab is a diagram showing the guitar strings
with the frets where the guitarist is to play the notes indicated by
numbers. Quite often a guitarist approaching a new piece of music will
struggle with conventional music notation whereas tab is a quick and easy
way of getting the feel of a new piece. Also a pianist or other musician
can look at a piece of guitar sheet music and play it right away but
would have no hope of playing from guitar tab because it is only written
for one instrument. Another limitation of guitar tab is that you won't be
able to learn the rhythm from it. You will need a strumming pattern
diagram or, having heard the song before, have some idea of how to
approach the playing of the rhythm. If you are prepared to live with
these limitations tablature will be a great tool for you to learn your
favorite songs quickly.

When you search the internet for acoustic guitar tab what kind of music
can you expect to find? Well, the variety is astonishing. Basically
acoustic guitar tab is written with the idea of the guitar supplying the
basic accompaniment for the song. So if you are a singer wanting to
interpret the lyrics, your interest in the guitar arrangement may be
slight. The second thing acoustic guitar tab usually gives you is the
notes for any distinctive melody or riff in the song - music that people
recognize before they hear the words being sung. A simple example of
this is the few notes repeated throughout the record of "Something" by
The Beatles. Of course you are quite free to leave out or change any
music to make the arrangement your own.
Acoustic guitar tabs are often fingerstyle arrangements of songs. These
arrangements will not be readily available in music stores or the usual
sources of sheet music on the internet. Fingerstyle arrangements can give
you some added depth to your guitar playing even if you don't utilize all
the techniques shown in the tab. Finally there is one advantage to using
acoustic tab for electric guitar players. You can learn the muisc for the
song without having to set up your guitar and amp. You can work on
arranging your song for electric guitar once you know the chords and the
basic structure.

I hope I have given you something to think about if you have not given
tabs for acoustic guitar much of a look so far. If you look around you
will be quite amazed at the range of popular - and obscure - music
available.

								
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