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    I've looked all over the web, all the usual recommendations don't get into any detail. I take it when tabs are four in line that is a chord, but what if they are only two or three notes in a vertical line on a tab? I was playing some of the songs from Jim Richters site, and sometimes its appears that these are played individually but sometimes as a chord, and if I don't know the song well, I don't even know which order the notes would be picked. And I won't even get into all the other weird symbols I see, which don't even look like traditional music notation. I wish there was one source that described tabs beyond just the basic stuff. Maybe there is and I haven't found it.

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    strum from low to high together if they are on the same line, like double stops

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    That's what I would think, but playing Jim Richter tabs for needle and the damage done for just one example, the first line,..that descending baseline part, there is a 2 and a 5 lined up, and it only sounds like the song when picked, and picked from high to low. I am wondering if tabs are even standardized.

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    Well, the first thing is to know how the song goes...some TAB is written with timing but most isn't. Follow along with the TAB while you listen to the recording, get a slow downer program if you need it.

    Here are results from a Google search of "reading mandolin TAB" https://www.google.com/search?client...30.mGZ85-tapDo
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    Normally tablature notation is like staff notation in that everything that is aligned vertically happens at the same time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JSC View Post
    That's what I would think, but playing Jim Richter tabs for needle and the damage done for just one example, the first line,..that descending baseline part, there is a 2 and a 5 lined up, and it only sounds like the song when picked, and picked from high to low. I am wondering if tabs are even standardized.
    Here is a video of Jim playing that tune. Use that in conjunction to the TAB and you should get it. I think learning an unknown tune from TAB might be ore difficult by itself. I can't access the TAB without subscribing to the site.

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    For starters in the NEEDLE rendition, leave the first string open during the first four measures and it will be more like Neil did it.

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