Watch the SECTION 4: Reading Tab online guitar lesson by Susan Mazer from Hands-On Guitar: The Beginner's Guide

One of the great things about the guitar is that you can play, sing, compose, record, and not have to read music at all. In fact, many of the greatest guitarists of all time didn’t read music. Still, you’ll need a way to notate where your fingers go on the neck. In this lesson I’ll teach you how to read tablature, which is basically just a picture of the guitar neck. No musical skills are necessary. Most of the songbooks and online websites use this method, so by learning it you’ll be able to teach yourself new tunes. Lets check it out.