How To Read Steel Guitar Tablature

All of the tab is written for a standard 10-string set-up. Each set of numbers is basically a snapshot of what to play. The numbers 1-10 down the left side are the string numbers.

As you read from left to right, a number is written on the line matching the string that should be played. These numbers represent the fret at which the bar should be placed. If a pedal is used, it will be shown as a letter beside the fret number.

On C6, the pedals are shown as a number in brackets. If a note is followed by dashes, it should be sustained as you either slide the bar or change pedals to the next position.

Occasionally harmonics will be used. This is shown with an asterisk (*) beside the note. Generally the harmonic is hit with your finger touching the string 12 frets above the fret where the bar is placed. If there is a number in brackets following the asterisk, this indicates that the string is touched at the fret number given in brackets instead of the standard 12 frets higher.

Chord changes are given above the tab along with some lyrics to help you keep your place in the song. The bar lines are not used as they would be in standard musical notation, but instead are used to divide chord changes or sections of the song.

The pedal set-up is given below. These are the changes used in the tab, but you may use any standard set-up.

If you are missing one of the changes you need for a particular song, please feel free to contact me for an alternate way to play around the change.

E9th Setup

C6 Setup

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