Tablature is a form of written music. In guitar, it is generally the simplest way to write and read music. The standard guitar tablature features six lines, each one representing a string. The lowest of the lines represents the low E while the highest of the lines represents the high e. Each number on s line denotes a fret on that string, so a 3 on the lowest line means that the 3rd fret of E is played. Stacked numbers of different lines denote playing those notes at the same time. Though no exact standard exists for writing tab, most tab looks very similar and uses a set of symbols to denote special things. These symbols are listed below.

Symbol Technique
h hammer on
p pull off
b bend string up
r release bend
/ slide up
\ slide down
v vibrato(sometimes written as ~)
t right hand tap
s legato slide
S shift slide
* natural harmonic
[n] artificial harmonic
n(n) tapped harmonic
tr trill
T tap
TP tremolo picking
PM palm muting (also written as _)
\n/ tremolo arm dip; n = amount to dip
\n tremolo arm down
n/ tremolo arm up
/n\ tremolo arm inverted dip
= hold bend; also acts as connecting device for hammers/pulls
<> volume swell (louder/softer)
x on rhythm slash represents muted slash
o on rhythm slash represents single note slash
·/. pick slide