Guitar and Bass tablature (or “tab”) is a simple and concise way to represent how music is played on the instrument. It is easy for beginners to learn and requires no knowledge of music theory.

The VideoTab™ in the IMV Guitar and Bass series is similar to the guitar tab in other instructional books and magazines, but offers the additional advantage of seeing how to play the music while the featured artist plays it. Additionally, the VideoTab™ on the DVD can be slowed down or paused to facilitate learning the parts at any player’s skill level.

The lines represent the strings, and the numbers represent which fret to place your finger on. Special instructions (bends, slides, etc) are notated above the animation when needed. The tuning of the song is also notated on screen.

The fret numbers travel up the neck, and should be played when they cross the play bar on the left side of the screen.



On particularly fast runs, the tab numbers alternate colors to facilitate easier viewing. Effects pedal boxes (distortion, chorus, reverb, etc) are sometimes also displayed on the screen. The effects boxes light up at the approriate time to show you how to get the specific sound that the featured player is using in that part of the song.

Besides fret numbers, special notation is needed in tablature to depict Guitar/Bass-specific techniques such as hammer-ons, pick scrapes, slides, etc. Below is a chart of the ones used in the IMV Video Tab series. Consult your guitar teacher or check online if you do not already know what these techniques are.

NOTATION LEGEND
Hammer-on
 
Pull-off
 
Slide Between Notes
 
Slide Up to note
 
Slide down from note
 
Play muted string
 
Vibrato
 

Right Hand Finger Tap

Tap latter note with Right Hand Finger

 

BASS TECHNIQUE: Thumb Slap

Use the right hand thumb to percussively slap against the string while the left hand plays the specified note

 

BASS TECHNIQUE: Note Pop

Use the right hand finger (usually the index) to lift and 'pop' the string against the frets while the left hand plays the specified note

 

 

BASS TECHNIQUE: Muted Thumb Slap

Use right hand thumb to percussively slap against the string while the left hand mutes the string

 

BASS TECHNIQUE: Left Hand Slap

Use the left hand to percussively slap against the muted string

 

BASS TECHNIQUE: Right hand muted down scrape

Use the right hand to percussively strum/scrape DOWN against the muted string

 

BASS TECHNIQUE: Right hand muted down scrape

Use the right hand to percussively strum/scrape UP against the muted string

 
Play harmonic on the specified string and fret
 
Tap or Scrape Pick on selected string
   
   
 
   
 
 
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