This feature will add a new song approximately every week. We are experimenting with two new kinds of Strumstick notation. One is TAB (for Tablature) which uses lines to show strings, and numbers to show which fret gets played on which string.
The other is NUM (for Numbers) system. Here a number [0, 3, 2] represents a note on the first string. A minus sign(–) or two minus signs(=) in dicate 2nd or 3rd string.
Dream Dream Dream (The Everly Bros.) TAB
(NUM not available)
Sounds of Silence (Paul Simon)
Here is how Strumstick TAB works:
• The 3 lines are the 3 strings.
• String 1 is the thinnest, the highest pitched, the one closest to the floor when you are holding the strumstick in playing position.
• A number on a string means play that fret on that string. 0 means the string is open (no finger).
• Since we often strum all three strings, we will not write lots of 0s to show all three strings being played. If you see a note on a string, assume that you can finger that note and also strum all three. Or just pluck the single note if you like.
To show chords or harmonies, we can show notes on all three or any two strings. At the beginning of Twinke here, we show 0,0,0, strumming all the strings open, as you would normally do. Then at “lit-tle” we see 0,3,5, which is 3rd string-open, 2nd string-3rd fret, 1st string-5th fret, all at the same time. This is a chord (I suggest 1st finger and pinky as easiest fingering). Hold the chord until it says otherwise, so the 2nd half of “lit-tle”, that is, “-tle” is also the chord again. At “star” we see 0,0,4....we write the 0s there to let you know the chord has changed. Likewise at “How”, “won-”, “what”, and “are”.