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(@k5koy)
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As you may or may not know, I am a beginning guitarist. Have played Bass for several years, so not completely green. I have been having a blast in the ESD! Thats so cool! Thanks to everyone on this site for the ESD! It allows new players to start playing well known tunes right away. Im using it for that too, but mostly to work on that muscle memory in order to make those difficult chord transitions more smoothly. Hey! Its working. I have a question about some of the songs in ESD.
I dont really know how to read this:
E |------2-2-2-------------------2-2-2-2-----2--------||
B |--3---3-3-3-------3-------3---3-3-3-3-----3--------||
G |--2---2-2-2-------0-------2---2-2-2-2-2---2--------||
D |--0-------------------0---0-----------0------------||
A |--------------3-------2---0------------------------||
E |---------------------------------------------------||

Can someone help me understand this? I looked around in the archives, but I guess I didnt know how to phrase my search.
Sorry! Im New!!!

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(@ignar-hillstrom)
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It's called tab, basically it shows you a open D-major chord with a little walking bass. Each line represents a string, and each number stands for a fret. You read from left to right, like any book, and play the frets on the strings as you encounter them. If multiple strings are used at the same time you'll play them all. Tab like this does not have an indication for rhythm, so you'll have to figure that part out yourself.

http://guitar.about.com/library/blhowtoreadtab.htm

edit: heh, beat you to it. :P


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(@musenfreund)
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Hi,
You're playing some variations on a D chord there.

You should access Howard's Guide to Reading Tab. It's a pretty comprehensive guide to tab.

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(@k5koy)
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Ok, I think I get it, So that first chord consists of an open D string, Note A on the G string, and a D note on the B string forming a Dsus4 chord? Am I reading this right? If so, Thanks! If not, guide me please..

Koy Carson
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**Ibanez EW20ZW Electric/Acoustic
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(@slejhamer)
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Ok, I think I get it, So that first chord consists of an open D string, Note A on the G string, and a D note on the B string forming a Dsus4 chord? Am I reading this right? If so, Thanks! If not, guide me please..

I think the D - A - D as written would be called D5. Technically it's not a chord, it's an interval.

Dsus (or Dsus4) would have the 4th (G) instead of the 3rd (F#), so it would have the notes D, A and G, and could be written xx0233

Read the following thread on "broken" chords for some related information:
https://www.guitarnoise.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=40466&start=0&st=0&sk=t&sd=a

Also, it helps to use the "CODE" button around tab when posting in the forum; things line up better:

E |------2-2-2-------------------2-2-2-2-----2--------||
B |--3---3-3-3-------3-------3---3-3-3-3-----3--------||
G |--2---2-2-2-------0-------2---2-2-2-2-2---2--------||
D |--0-------------------0---0-----------0------------||
A |--------------3-------2---0------------------------||
E |---------------------------------------------------||

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(@ignar-hillstrom)
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K5Koy: In a sense you're playing a D5, but what you're basically doing is playing a full D-major chord and just not strumming all notes at the same time. You want to look at chords 'block by block', so if a missing note is played immediately afterwards, like the F# on the high-E string here, you can just consider it a basic D-major chord.

A Dsus4 contans a G instead of an F#, and would be played as [x x 0 2 3 3], for example.


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(@k5koy)
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Ok, that makes sense. This helped me tremendously. You guys are the BEST!

Koy Carson
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**Ibanez EW20ZW Electric/Acoustic
**Arbor AJ145CR Jazz
**Fender Marcus Miller 5 String Bass
**Fender Geddy Lee Signature Bass
**Warwick Corvette 4 string Bass
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**Takamine Hollow body Bass
**Digitech JamMan

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