I play guitar using the following scale, which I think is C major. (I don't know the name, but I follow the number on the music note, and it works.)


I came across the following note:


As you can see, this is not a normal .1. It has a # sign beside it. How can I play this on my guitar?

(I am a guitar beginner, with no musical knowledge, so a more detailed answer would be appreciated.)


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This notation is not common in English material, but it appears that the numbers correspond to the notes of C major scale. 1=C 2=D etc.

The middle octave has no dots. A dot below means it's an octave below, a dot above means it's an octave higher.

So #.1 is probably C# which is one fret higher than the higher C. That's fret 2 on the B string.

This does leave me wondering what the 0 represents. A rest, maybe?

  • An 0 in tabs usually stands for an open string. Mar 1, 2020 at 19:32
  • I'm not familiar with this notation, but I would assume if you wanted a 2 you'd write a 2 – so perhaps this is a 1, but bent? (I.e. the string is pulled sideways to make the note sharper.) Mar 1, 2020 at 19:35

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