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Melody Tablature Notation
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Some of the music notation on this website is in Melody Tablature format as indicated below:
(click here to play the sample)
The example above is for the tenor banjo, other instruments would be similar:

How To Read Melody Tablature
    In the sample above, the four lines labeled "TAB" represent the four strings of the banjo (other instruments could have more strings).  The top line is the first string, the bottom line is the fourth string.  The numbers on the lines indicate fret numbers where the melody is located.  For example, "0" on a line means play that string open (do not press it).  The number "2" on a line means press that string at the second fret.  The fret numbers align with the melody notes and lyrics in the top staff.



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