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Classical Guitar Tablatures

Classical Guitar Tablatures

A classical guitar has a slightly different shape to an ordinary guitar (i.e. rhythm guitar, bass guitar, Hawaiian guitar, etc.) The guitar’s neck, also called the fret board, is slightly wider than other guitars. The strings are therefore more separated from one another. When playing an electric or acoustic guitar, the guitarist will need to stretch his fingers more. The difference in the string is that classical guitars use nylon strings rather than metal strings, which makes for a more soothing sound.

Classical guitars follow classically-oriented instructions and are based on classical music. Modern guitar tablatures take a different route than classical notations. Classical guitar requires more figure work and pluckeding. These classical tablatures are more intricately structured, more intertwined and have more notes (i.e. C, Bb and G, as well as A, F, F#, and A.

Tablatures have been in use in Western countries for six centuries if we look back at their history. They were mainly a horizontal grid that could be read from left-to-right. There were letters and numbers written on them, which indicated the construction of pitches and rhythmic signs. In France, Spain, Italy and Spain, there were various tablatures by the 17th Century. Today tablatures, especially for guitar tabs, include vertical lines that represent the strings of the instrument (no matter the type of guitar), horizontal lines to indicate the frets and dots that signify the positions of the figures.