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How to Write Tabs

Writing a tab is a fairly straightforward process once you've got the hang of it. First of all you need to find a song or riff that you know how to play. Then you need to learn the basic skill of reading Internet tabs. Once you have done that follow these simple steps:

  1. Open up a word processor and select the font courier or courier new. This font is always used as it is mono-spaced and using a standardised format makes life easier for everyone.
  2. Draw up a blank tab box (as shown below) or go to the tab template that this site provides and copy and paste it.

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  3. Press the 'insert' button on your keyboard so that every time you enter a number it replaces the line underneath. If you don't do this you will push out the edges of the box (shown below).

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  4. Write the tab without worrying about bar lines and rhythm notation (these are not required in Internet tabs).
  5. At the top of the page state the artist, song, tuning and your name if you wish. The artist and song name are very important! Do not forget them.