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  • Just started 30 Days to Play

    Posted by MarkI on October 26, 2022 at 9:05 pm

    I am a beginning guitar player and signed up for your course last night. I started the Blues Playing video and played along with Tony. It was going great until I printed the sheet music and the Tab section of the printout doesn’t seem to match what is being played. I know I am doing something wrong, so please let me know why the “2” is on the “D” string and the “0” is on the “A'” string. I think the “2” should be on the “A” string the the “0” on the “Low E” string. Any help is greatly appreciated.

    HowardM replied 1 year, 5 months ago 5 Members · 9 Replies
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  • Bill_Brown

    October 27, 2022 at 11:55 am

    Hi @MarkI , welcome to TAC. I think you chose a great place to begin your guitar journey. You’re referring to the “Blues Shuffle” tab, which is set up in a standard 12 bar Blues fashion and using a 1-4-5 progression where A is the 1 chord, D is the 4 chord and E is the 5 chord. I doubt you’ll understand what I’m saying, but someday you will – so for now, just believe that the tab is correct. Yes, you start playing the open A string while fretting the D string on the 2nd then 4th frets and repeat, that is a partial A chord that you are playing. Then in the next measure you play a partial D chord where you play an open D string while fretting the 2nd then 4th frets of the G string. Then you play the partial E chord by playing the open loE string while fretting the 2nd then 4th frets of the A string.

    Good luck Mark and have fun, don’t worry about the minutia at this point. Just know that you’re being taught by a great teacher in Tony.

    • HowardM

      November 9, 2022 at 3:13 am

      Well stated Bill_Brown, I second all of your comments.

  • MarkI

    October 28, 2022 at 12:25 pm

    Bill – Thank you very much!!!!

  • N-lightMike

    October 29, 2022 at 11:36 am

    Hey @MarkI ;

    The simple answer to your question, “please let me know why the “2” is on the “D” string and the “0” is on the “A” string” is “they are the correct notes”, or the notes that sound good.

    And why do those notes sound good? Simple, they are chord tones. The open 5th string is an A note and the 2nd fret, 4th string is an E note, and they are the 1st and the 5th of the A major chord.

    Same goes for the open 4th string and 2nd fret, 3rd string; it’s the root and 5th of the D chord; and the open 6th string and 2nd fret, 5th string are the root and 5th of the E chord.

    As time goes by, you will learn more about these connections. You may look closer to understand, or you may choose to never understand. It doesn’t matter if you know what you are playing, as long as you learn what sounds good. It’s amazing how many famous guitar players didn’t know music theory or what they were playing. They didn’t care.

    If you want an in depth, intellectual explanation, I can provide it. But it won’t make you a better guitar player and it won’t help you create original songs at this stage. But if you have that kind of mind, like me and many others, I’d be happy to explain more. Just ask.

    MG 😀

    • MarkI

      November 8, 2022 at 1:30 pm

      MG – Thank you very much for taking the time to respond to my question. Your insights are very helpful not only now but for future playing.

      Have a great day!



      • N-lightMike

        November 8, 2022 at 9:23 pm


  • albert_d

    October 30, 2022 at 6:21 am

    Welcome @Markl. I can add to what these guys said but I do want to welcome you to TAC. Keep having fun with your music. I too love to play for grandkids.

    • MarkI

      November 8, 2022 at 1:31 pm

      Thank you Albert!

    • N-lightMike

      November 8, 2022 at 9:25 pm


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