Jamology  //  Tab or Tablature

A way of displaying music in the written form that specifies the string and the fret that should be played, or the key that should be struck.

Tab is a modern alternative to written music, and is usually easier to understand. There are many sites where tab has been created for both stringed instruments and keyboards. These sites usually include instructions on how to read tab.

There are many other sites. Note that these sites/tabs are populated by all levels of musicians, so you can find all levels (and accuracy) of tab. Choose the one that best suits your ability, but realize that it may not be the original way to play it, or even the correct way to play it, so be open to corrections/different opinions when you jam with others. Again, be cool, and remember the golden rule.

Skill Levels

  • Beginner- Level 1

    Someone just starting to play an instrument, which includes their own voice (singers), can only play one or two songs, cannot play entire songs, does not know many chords, can...

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  • Intermediate – Level 2

    A jammer that knows several songs, can play several chords and can move between them easily, understands timing and counts.

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  • Advanced – Level 3

    A jammer that can play many songs, understands the I-IV-V concept, beginning to solo but not proficient, proficient in backing roles, not able to lead a band on stage (yet).

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  • Experienced - Level 4

    A jammer proficient at their type of music, has played in a band that has played on stage regularly, knows many complete songs and understands many beats and rhythms, can lead a...

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  • Professional – Level 5

    A musician who plays for money/pay, makes their living from music (playing, selling instruments or lessons, in the music business).

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