Rhythms, tempos & tablature for guitar

Music notation and guitar tablatures are written languages that demand mastery of rhythm and tempo. This fundamental understanding enables you to unlock the captivating realm of musical theory, elevating both your lead and rhythm playing capabilities. 

Embrace the thrill of musical expression as you delve deeper into the intricacies of note values and rhythmic composition. Join us in a comprehensive exploration of tablature, rhythm and tempo for guitar in our video lesson, where we will guide you on a journey through the musical landscape, helping you to fully grasp the fundamentals of musical rhythm and timing.

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what are guitar tabs & how does it work?

Guitar tablature, or tab for short, is a form of musical notation used primarily for the guitar and other fretted instruments. It uses a simple system of numbers and symbols to represent the strings and frets of the guitar, rather than standard musical notation. 

Each line of the tab represents a string on the guitar and the numbers written on the lines indicate which fret to play on each string. For example, a 0 on a line represents an open string, while a 2 on the same line would indicate that the second fret should be played on that string. 

Tabs can also include symbols to indicate techniques such as slides, bends, and vibrato, as well as rhythm indications through the use of spacing between the numbers. 

Guitar tabs are often used by beginner and self-taught guitar players because they are easy to read and understand, allowing players to quickly learn songs without the need for formal musical training. However, it is important to note that tabs do not provide information about the duration of each note or the actual pitch of the notes being played.

UNDERSTANDING note values in music

Note values are the duration of a musical note and play a crucial role in determining the rhythm of a piece of music. Each note value represents a fraction of a whole note, which is the longest note in music. 

Whole note: Represented by an open circle and lasts for four beats. 

Half note: Represented by an open circle with a stem and lasts for two beats. 

Quarter note: Represented by a filled-in circle with a stem and lasts for one beat. 

Eighth note: Represented by a filled-in circle with a stem and a flag and lasts for half a beat. 

Sixteenth note: Represented by a filled-in circle with two flags and lasts for a quarter of a beat. 

Thirty-second note: Represented by a filled-in circle with three flags and lasts for an eighth of a beat. 

Understanding note values is important because it helps musicians to accurately play and interpret the intended rhythm and tempo of a piece of music. It also enables them to transcribe, arrange and compose music.