Title: Acoustic Guitar Tab Word Count: 537 Summary: This article tells you about the jo ys of being an acoustic guitarist a nd 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 t he guitar and you visualize yoursel f sitting down and playing your fav orite songs for your own enjoyment, acoustic guitar tabs give you the possibility of realizing your dream . You can pick up an acoustic guita r any time of the day or night and play without disturbing your family or neighbors. Some people even pla y the acoustic guitar while the fam ily 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 guitar ist to learn new material quickly. A basic definition of guitar tab is a diagram showing the guitar strin gs with the frets where the guitari st is to play the notes indicated b y numbers. Quite often a guitarist approaching a new piece of music wi ll struggle with conventional music notation whereas tab is a quick an d easy way of getting the feel of a new piece. Also a pianist or other musician can look at a piece of gu itar sheet music and play it right away but would have no hope of play ing from guitar tab because it is o nly written for one instrument. Ano ther limitation of guitar tab is th at you won't be able to learn the r hythm from it. You will need a stru mming pattern diagram or, having he ard the song before, have some idea of how to approach the playing of the rhythm. If you are prepared to live with these limitations tablatu re will be a great tool for you to learn your favorite songs quickly. When you search the internet for ac oustic guitar tab what kind of musi c can you expect to find? Well, the variety is astonishing. Basically acoustic guitar tab is written with the idea of the guitar supplying t he basic accompaniment for the song . So if you are a singer wanting to interpret the lyrics, your interes t in the guitar arrangement may be slight. The second thing acoustic g uitar tab usually gives you is the notes for any distinctive melody or riff in the song - music that peop le recognize before they hear the w ords being sung. A simple example of this is the few notes repeated t hroughout the record of "Something" by The Beatles. Of course you are quite free to leave out or change a ny music to make the arrangement yo ur own. Acoustic guitar tabs are often fing erstyle arrangements of songs. Thes e arrangements will not be readily available in music stores or the us ual sources of sheet music on the i nternet. Fingerstyle arrangements c an give you some added depth to you r guitar playing even if you don't utilize all the techniques shown in the tab. Finally there is one adva ntage to using acoustic tab for ele ctric guitar players. You can learn the muisc for the song without hav ing 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 t o think about if you have not given tabs for acoustic guitar much of a look so far. If you look around yo u will be quite amazed at the range of popular - and obscure - music a vailable.