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Acoustic Guitar Tab

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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.

				
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