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I am a beginner guitarist and I am currently learning to play guitar through online courses. I have so far learnt to play all the chords and understood how chords are made and scales as well and also how chords can be played in different places on a guitar.

At the moment , I'm currently trying to find a way to learn how to play , guitar tabs songs more efficiently and effectively. At the moment, I'm learning this finger picking song called "Let Her Go" by Passenger and the way I'm learning this particular song is memorizing each part of the song slowly. I feel by learning through memorization, it is ineffectively and time consum. How can I learn tabs more effective and efficient?

Can someone kindly help me

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While you're learning a song with tab, first, you must remember the actual song (Let Her Go), or someone cover the song with guitar (fingerstyle).

IF you have Guitar Pro software, you can learn by playing the audio while it indicates the current note which plays.

That's my answer to read and play the tab more effective.

But, the best way to learn and understand a song by tab:

  • The tab must have a chord above it. So, while you remember the melody and rhythm, you'll also remember the chords.

  • The tab must have clear note above it. So you can learn music notes.

I think just that, perhaps I'll update this answer in couple hours.

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One thing music teachers tell their students, is to always read a few bars ahead of what you're playing. Before you start, take a look at the first three bars or so, and as you begin playing from the first bar, simply begin reading from the third or fourth bar. At first, this will feel very strange, and your eyes will constantly dart back to the position that you're currently playing. But after practising this way for a while, you'll notice that you'll become much better at playing what you read on sight, because your mind has a few seconds to process each note before your fingers need to play it.

Secondly, this may seem elitist of me, but it's a good idea to learn to read actual music scores, too. Even if you're not good at it, it can be very helpful to have the notes scores and the tablatures in front of you, so that you can occasionally take a glance at those notes. This will help you to understand the music a lot better.

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The tab of your example lacks chord information, so it is not a good source. I'd recommend finding a score with both staff and tab. Then you will have the chord names to lead you in memorizing the song, instead of individual tones. Then you will also have key information, and the rhythm. There are repeated picking patterns, which you likely will notice, and then you can remember the song in terms of those, instead of individual tones being struck.

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