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Tablature notation show guitarist's when to change how notes are to be played such as bending, hammer-ons, pull-offs, slurs and so on. The following table shows examples of these notations a brief description as to what it means.

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NOTATION
DESCRIPTION
Bend
Bend
Strike the note and bend up by the number of steps indicated. (1/2 step = 1 fret) The term "Full" refers to a whole step bend. (2 frets)


Bend Release
Bend and Release
Strike the note and bend up by the number of steps indicated, then release the bend back to the original note. Only the first note is struck.


Pre Bend
Pre-Bend
Bend the note up by the number of steps indicated, and then strike it.

Pre-Bend and Release
Pre-Bend and Release
Bend the note up by the number of steps indicated, strike it and release the bend back to the original note.


Vibrato
Vibrato
Vibrate the note by shaking (bending and releasing) the string with the fretting finger.


Wide Vibrato
Wide Vibrato
Vibrate the pitch to a greater degree with the fretting finger or vibrato bar.


Wide Vibrato
Legato Slide
Strike the first note and then with the same fretting finger slide up the string to the second note. The second note is not struck


Wide Vibrato
Shift Slide
Same as Legato Slide except the second note is struck.


Wide Vibrato
Slide Into (from Below)
Slide up to the note indicated from a few frets below.


Wide Vibrato
Slide Into (from above)
Slide down to the note indicated from a few frets above.


Slide Out Of Down
Slide Out Of (downwards)
Slide out from the note indicated to a few frets below.


Slide Out Of Up
Slide Out Of (upwards)
Slide out from the note indicated to a few frets above.

Hammer-On
Hammer On
Strike the first (lower) note, then sound the higher note with another finger by fretting it without picking.

Pull-Off Pull-Off
Place both fingers on the notes to be sounded. Strike the first (higher) note, then sound the lower note by pulling the finger off the higher note while keeping the lower note fretted.

Trill Trill
Very rapidly alternate between the note indicated and the small note shown in parentheses by hammering on and pulling off.

Tapping Tapping
Hammer ("tap") the fret indicated with the picking hand index or middle finger and pull off to the note fretted by the fretting hand.

Natural Harmonic Natural Harmonic
With a fretting hand finger, lightly touch the string over the fret indicated, then strike it. A chime-like sound is produced.

Artificial Harmonic Artificial Harmonic
Fret the note normally and sound the harmonic by adding the picking hand thumb edge or index finger tip to the normal pick attack.

Tremelo Bar Tremelo Bar
Using the tremolo bar, drop the note by the number of steps indicated, then return to original pitch.

Palm Mute Palm Mute
Using the picking hand, partially mute the note by lightly touching the string just before the bridge.

Muted Notes Muted Notes
Lay the fretting hand across the strings without depressing them to the fretboard; strike the strings with the picking hand, producing a percussive sound.

Pick Slide Pick Slide
Rub the pick edge down the length of the string to produce a scratchy sound.

Tremelo Picking Tremelo Picking
Pick the note as rapidly and continuously as possible.

Pickstroke Down Pickstroke Down
Strike the note using a downward motion.

Pickstroke Up Pickstroke Up
Strike the note using a upward motion.

Rhythm Slashes Rhythm Slashes
Strum the chords in the rhythm indicated. Use the chord diagrams found at the top of the first page of the score to determine the fingering to use for each chord.

Single Note Rhythm Slashes Single-Note Rhythm Slashes
The circled number below the slash indicates which string to play. The number beside it represents the fret number.

 




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