Title: Electric Guitar Tabs Explained Word Count: 504 Summary: Electric guitar tabs are by far the easiest way to learn to play guita r without wasting time in too much preparation. So where are they and how do they help? Keywords: electric guitar tabs, guitar tablatu re Article Body: Tablature as a means of writing mus ic down has been with us for hundre ds of years, but many people today look down on tabs as a third rate m ethod of musical communication. In fact, tablature is not a dumbed dow n version of conventional musical n otation, rather what we call sheet music grew from a need for more ver satility in notation as music becam e more complex in medieval times. E lectric Guitar Tabs have been a gre at help to the many people who have taken up the electric guitar and w ho wanted to get down to the busine ss of playing as quickly as possible. Conventional music notation has muc h more to communicate than tabs, bu t if you already know more or less how the song sounds, and are prepar ed to work at your own interpretati on, then there is nothing wrong wit h using tablature. Guitarists composing music using ta bs and sharing the results of their work on the internet have brought a wide range of music within reach of amateur musicians who never lear nt to read music. To some guitarist s learning to read music is a waste of time that would be put to bette r use expressing their feelings thr ough music. This attitude is at odd s with the idea that the more theor etical knowledge you have, the grea ter the pool of resources at your d isposal for expressing your ideas. Tablature, on the other hand, allow s the guitarist to get to know the basic piece of music in his own way , and use his musical intuition and flair for improvisation to produce a musical work which will be as mu ch his own work as the original com poser's. For that reason electric g uitar tabs are a boon to the electr ic guitar player who does not want to just produce a copy of someone e lse's work. You can find electric guitar tabs i n music stores along with conventio nal written music, but the quickest and best place to look for electri c guitar tabs is on the internet. E ven though there's a legal dogfight going on about tab publishers infr inging the rights of the original c omposer, many tabs are still availa ble for free. However you need to e xercise your discernment when makin g use of tablature produced by amat eur guitarists. You might need to c hange things around a little if the y don't sound right. As for the electric guitar player w ho wants to broaden his musical kno wledge, tablature also allows the g uitarist to learn new chords, scale s or modes very quickly. Finally a reminder that using elect ric guitar tabs to learn new materi al is not a walk in the park - you need to supply some of the informat ion which is otherwise written into sheet music. You need to have some idea of the note values and a basi c understanding of time signatures and tempo. What that boils down to is that you can hear the music in y our head, and you just want to know where to put your fingers on the f ret board. That is what guitar tabs were originally made for.