How To Read Tablature
What is Tablature?
Tablature is a form of musical notation that serves as a set of instructions. It differs from real musical notation in that you don't have to be "musically literate" (read actual musical notation) to understand it. It is a set of instructions that tells you what strings to play, when to play them, and what fret to use. There are a great many drawbacks to "tab," which I talk about at length here, but it can serve as a valuable tool for learning. The best way to learn is still the "watch, listen, and imitate" model that Pete Wernick talks about, but the chief asset that tab brings is the ability to learn at a distance, and to take it with you.
Here's what tab looks like:
|2>3 = This can be either a hammer or a slide (usually up to the picker's preference. It means "fret the string at 2, then either slide or hammer on the 3rd fret."|
|3>2 = This is a pulloff. It means "fret the string at 3, then pulloff to the 2nd fret.|