Reading TAB

Tablature ( or tabulature, or tab for short ) is a form of musical notation indicating instrument fingering rather than musical pitches.

BernsteinPI think anything that separates guitar (ukulele) players from the rest of the music world is bad. Tablature is a certain secret code only for a guitar player. So you have guitar players who can read tablature and not music.” - Peter Bernstein ( Curt. This applies equally to ukulele players. )

However, You Still Need to Understand TAB

Here are a few of my lessons on regarding TAB.

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Reading Ukulele TAB - Alternate Notation • Updated: Feb 12, 2020

TAB or Tablature Tablature is an alternate form of musical notation, which tells players where to place their fingers on a particular instrument rather than which pitches to play. TAB is sort of a secret language between guitar players and ukulele players. Although a shortcut to getting started it actually serves to alienate one from the rest of the music world. With fewer alternate note locations than the guitar, reading music on ukulele is a lot easier than you might believe.

The Trouble with TAB • Updated: May 14, 2020

TAB, short for tablature is a form of musical notation using numbers and letters on a staff that that corresponds to the number of strings of fretted string instrument. Theses number tell a player which fret to place their fingers on the fingerboard. TAB has a history with lute music from centuries ago and has found wide use in the music publishing industry catering to the guitarist who can?t or doesn?t want to learn to read. TAB doesn?t exist in mainstream music, primarily by some music magazines and on the internet. Learning to read TAB can be accomplished in minutes. Learning to read standard music notation takes a little longer.

Fingerpicking on `Ukulele - Alternating Thumb Style • Updated: Apr 22, 2012

There are two common styles of fingerpicking on ukulele. This series of lessons explores the Alternating Thumb Style. A future series will explore the Thumb and three finger style, the traditional p i m a classical guitar style that we’ll adapt to ukulele.

“Example of numeric vihuela tablature from the book Orphenica Lyra by Miguel de Fuenllana (1554)”

Little is known of his life. It is assumed from his name that his roots lie in the municipality of Fuenllana, in the province of Ciudad Real, although he was born in Navalcarnero, Madrid. Blind from birth, he composed a Libro de música para vihuela intitulado Orphenica Lyra (Seville, 1554), dedicated to Philip II of Spain. At the arrival of Isabel de Valois, third wife of Philip II, she brought with her a group of French instrumental musicians who wished to stay in the Spanish court; Fuenllana alternated with this group and his musical works were performed together with those of foreign artists. At the death of the queen in 1568 he continued serving in the Spanish court. He died in Valladolid.

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