What are tabs / tablature?

Tabs or tablature are a form of musical notation

Tablature notation describes exactly what string, fret, or finger to play for any particular note. In contrast, modern staff notation describes the note in relationship to other tones.

For example, this is a tab:
tabstave notes 1/1 2/1 0/2 2/2 3/2
...and this is staff notation:
tabstave notation=true tablature=false notes 1/1 2/1 0/2 2/2 3/2

Compared to modern staff notation, tablature for stringed instruments can be more intuitive to read quickly. Because of this, it has gained popularity amoungst musicians who wish to share songs with a wide audience at varying levels of musical education.

How Tab Lab uses tabs and staff notation

Tab Lab's rendering engine, VexFlow, is capable of rendering either tablature or staff notation (or both) from a single set of instructions.

Users can write thier own music using either fret/string syntax or note/octave syntax.

For example

tabstave notation = true time = 4/4
notes 3/1 ## E/4 ##

tabstave notation = true time=4/4 notes 3/1 ## E/4 ##

Next: Writing music on Tab Lab