Tab Question....

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  1. Big_dawg

    Big_dawg Senior Member

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    I know how to read tab, its how I play, but sometimes I come across a number in brackets or with a lopsided square around it.... what does that mean...??:confused:
     
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    Big_dawg Senior Member

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    Like this....

    |-5--4-(4)------5--4-|-(4)---------------------------|
    |-5--4-(4)------5--4-|-(4)---------------------------|
    |-6--4-(4)------6--4-|-(4)---------------------------|
    |--------------------|--------------------------2----|
    |--------------------|---------------------2h4----4--|
    |--------------------|-------------------------------|
     
  3. Shawn Fate

    Shawn Fate Senior Member

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    A lot of times those are wrote in as ghost notes.
    A ghost note can be played by fretting a note, but not picking it. Ghost notes are barely audible, but they do a lot to the feel of the music.
    Using brackets is the standard way of writing harmonics.
    so a natural harmonic at the 12th fret would be :


    E----------------------------------------------------------------
    B----------------------------------------------------------------
    G----------------------------------------------------------------
    D----------------------------------------------------------------
    A----------------------------------------------------------------
    E------<12>------------------------------------------------------

    What song is that ?
     
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    Big_dawg Senior Member

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    aah, now all becomes clear, thank you...

    from memory that part of albatross (P Green):hippie:
     
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    something else I came across at the weekend, what does br after a number mean...??

    e --------------------------|--------------------------
    B --------------------------|--------------------------
    G --------------------------|--------------------------
    D -19br-19br-19br-19br------|-19br-19br-19br-19br------
    A --------------------------|--------------------------
    E --------------------------|--------------------------

    Thats audioslave by the way...
     
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    Volusia Senior Member

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    Big Dawg, I don't know the song but it's most likely a bend and release. Where you are bending the note up and then releasing the bend back to the origin. Instead of the "^" symbol I used it usually has more of an arc connecting the bended note back to the original. Without knowing the song it's hard for me to say. Maybe someone else will know for sure but I would guess it's a bend release.

    example:

    E --------------------
    B --------------------
    G --------------------
    D -19(21)--^ 19------
    A -------------------
    E ------------------
     
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    Big_dawg Senior Member

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    that makes sense, why did they not just use arrows???

    thank you...
     

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