# How to understand single-string tabs

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In this article I want to tell you about how to understand my single-string tabs like that:

play on the “B” string
3—5-5-5-7—5—5—7
2-2—2—2—3—2-3
3-3-3-5—3—3—5
3-3—5—5—7—3-3

Not everyone is always clear to this note (tabs) for one string so now I want to teach u how to understand it.

The figures on the record mean a fret, on which you need to pull a string. For example, if the tabs is: 5-6-10-2-7-8-10, then you need to twist the string once on the 5th fret, then once on the 6th, once on the 10th, once on the 2nd and so on.

Dashes (“-“) just separate the frets on the note. If you do not use dashes, you can get something like this: 1267523 – and is there anything you can understand? The first 2 figures can be either 1-2 or 12 and you can confuse which way to pull the string.

The tilde (“~”) shows the reception slip (glissando). Suppose there is something like this in the record: 4-5-3~1-5-6. What does 3~1 mean and how do I do it? And this is done like this: pull the string on the 3rd fret, and then transfer the finger (without lifting it from the string, so as not to lose the sound) on the 1st fret. We pull the string only once on the 3rd fret – and transfer the finger to the 1st fret.

If there is a slip with an open string, for example 0~5 – this means that we pull the open string (not squeezed in any fret), and then just clamp the string to the 5th fret to make a sound (you do not need to pull at the same time ).

If something like 5~0 is encountered, then we must pull the string to the 5th fret, and then sharply remove the finger from the string (from the fret) – and it will turn out to be a steep sound.

Write in the comments, if something is unclear, I’ll try to explain.

## 9 thoughts on “How to understand single-string tabs”

1. Sujeet kalantre says:

Very useful..never knew the intricacies earlier..loved to read.

2. Devesh says:

And What Is The Meaning Of 0 (3) 0 (3)
What We Have To To

1. santiago says:

the (3) is play by the another string

3. Atul says:

New learning for me, thanks a lot for explaining it neatly in text.

4. Devbrata Jha says:

What is the difference between long and short dashes

5. Martin says:

what is this 0-(3) and -0-(3)-(1)

6. Yoto says: