Easiest Guitar Tab to Play
Open Strings

Easiest guitar tab to play for beginner guitar students -- open strings! I use this sheet of tablature exercises in the first week of guitar lessons. Start your students off learning how to read guitar tabs right away. 



Guitar tablature is fun to show new students, because it so intuitively represents the guitar neck.

The left side of the tablature staff is like the head of the guitar; the right side is the guitar bridge. Represented at the bottom of the staff is string 6, the thickest, lowest string. At the top of the staff is string 1, the thinnest, highest-sounding string.

Reading from left to right, the numbers on the strings stand for which fret to press with the left hand fingers. The number "0" means "open string" -- pluck that string without pressing down any frets.

This exercise sheet is ALL open strings:

Easiest Guitar Tab to Play sheet


Download simple guitar tabs for beginners

You might not think this funny sheet of exercises could be a guitar student's favorite "song".  You would be wrong!  Just today it was the favorite choice of a young boy who has real pieces far more interesting - but he feels SUCCESSFUL with this page of exercises, and that makes him feel good.

This "easiest guitar tab to play" sheet is really almost a "hand/eye coordination" exercise. Can they match their right hand gesture (whether using a pick or a thumb) to the notation on the tab? 

No fret numbers on the strings takes a lot of the "fear factor" out of the job -- they can concentrate on just one hand at a time. That lowers the stress level, and makes it more likely they will remember your instructions when they get home and start to practice... that easy success helps students feel pleased with themselves.

I used to start students without a pick for the first few weeks of guitar lessons. Contact with the strings is so much easier and accurate with the thumb and fingers than with a pick, I think. After they had gotten used to plucking strings in a rhythmic manner and strumming, then I would introduce the pick.  However, most young players arrive to their first lesson PICK IN HAND, already having learned to hold it incorrectly (in my estimation), so we talk about the pick hold and use the pick - as well as fingers alone - from Week One.

I don't give them all these exercises the first week! Probably only the first two, then save #3 and #4 for the next two weeks as their skills increase. It is always tempting to load students up with LOTS of GOOD stuff -- then the following week you find out it was just too much of a good thing!




Recent Articles

  1. Heidi Evans, piano teacher

    My 13-year-old student loves House of the Rising Sun because he thinks it sounds like Star Wars music! Thank you for this amazing resource! Dana: Hi,

    Read More

  2. Slane (Be Thou My Vision)

    Greetings from Australia. I loved your posting on the beautiful Irish tune 'Slane'(Be Thou My Vision). The descriptions of the versions in different keys

    Read More

  3. Down by the Salley Gardens for Singers & Instrumentalists

    Down by the Salley Gardens is a pretty English song with poetic words by William Butler Yeats. Download piano & vocal & lead sheets in several keys!

    Read More

  4. How to Teach Voice Lessons, for the First-Time Teacher

    How to teach voice lessons, when you are a beginning teacher? Get some tips to quell your fears at this new venture!

    Read More

  5. Toccata by Monteverdi, Free Brass Ensemble, for Group Piano

    Toccata from the opera L'Orfeo, an arrangement of the vigorous brass ensemble for piano ensemble, FREE!

    Read More

  6. Carolinda Carlson

    Thought you would like to know about the four new inventions for handicapped children who are now able to play ukulele with their classmates... See Facebook

    Read More

  7. When the Saints Go Marching In Sheet Music

    When the Saints Go Marching In is an old and still popular song that has only FIVE NOTES - ideal for a young musician! Get the piano sheet music or lead sheets here, free.

    Read More

  8. Piano Sheet Music for Kids "Kookaburra," from Australia!

    Piano sheet music for kids "Kookaburra" is one of those famous songs a lot of us remember from childhood! Now offered as a vocal round in the key of C, this song from Australia is very fun to sing!

    Read More

  9. The Moldau Solo & Duet Easy Beginner Piano Sheet Music

    The Moldau, now with a secondo duet part for beginning piano. This famous piece is one of the most beautiful themes of Romantic orchestral literature.

    Read More

  10. Free Fur Elise Sheet Music - Beautifully Readable Copies

    Fur Elise sheet music in its entirety, with quarter notes for easy deciphering! These beautiful transcriptions are perfect for students who've just mastered coordination of right hand melody against l…

    Read More




Get word of the latest sheet music at Music for Music Teachers?  Sign up for "Take Note!"

Comments

Do you have a story or a question about teaching guitar? Do you think it is a hard instrument for beginners, or easy? What have been your challenges?
Please note that all comments are moderated, and will not appear until I have approved them. Also, IF YOU ARE ASKING FOR MUSIC THAT IS NOT IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN, YOUR REQUEST WILL BE IGNORED. That's pretty much any music written in the last 75 years...







Comments

Have your say... Leave me a comment in the box below.