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Bass Guitar Lesson: How to Read Bass Guitar Tabs

Watch more How to Play Bass Guitar videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn how to read bass guitar tabs in this bass guitar lesson from Howcast. John Sutton. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Bass guitar tabs are an easier way to read notation because they just give you the fret number where the note is that you're going to play. Unlike normal musical notation, tabs are just numbers on 4 lines. The 4 lines represent the 4 strings of the electric bass. In the example shown, there's a number 1 on the lowest line. That simply means that you play the first fret on the lowest string. In typical musical notation they tell you which notes to play, but they don't necessarily tell you which finger you use or what fret to play it on. So tablature is unique because it tells you exactly which fret to play it on; potentially the easiest fingering. The thing that's typically missing from tablature is rests and rhythms. So it still helps to be able to read musical notation, to be able to read the rhythms, to be able to read rests. You can see from the example shown there are rests in the musical notation listed above it but when it comes to actually playing the tablature, they only have the notes you're going to play listed. So that's the basis for understanding bass tablature.
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