I opened a tab in guitar tab pro on my android phone and there were some sort of double dash (sorry for the lack of a better description), I've never saw that before and I haven't the faintest idea what it is supposed to represent.

Does anyone know what it is?

Dick Dale - Misirlou

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    Possibly a tremolo mark. Nothing to do with wangy bars though!
    – Tim
    Commented Aug 13, 2017 at 17:45
  • @Tim, wangy bars? I am almost afraid to ask what it is.
    – vincenth
    Commented Aug 13, 2017 at 18:32
  • Tremolo is rapd repeating of the same note - think mandolin playing. Unfortunately a certain Mr. Fender got his lines crossed, and confused vibrato and tremolo, and called the wangy bars on his Strats tremolos, instead of the (politically!) correct vibratos.
    – Tim
    Commented Aug 13, 2017 at 18:39
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    The term is "whammy bar", not "wangy"! That's hilarious.
    – user28
    Commented Aug 13, 2017 at 19:11
  • @MatthewRead - the term is lots of different words, whammy being only one. I just prefer wangy! It's no more or less apposite. Glad you liked it!
    – Tim
    Commented Aug 14, 2017 at 7:24

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It is an indication of a sequence of notes that is meant to be played with the tremolo technique, for electric guitar, the most famous example of this technique is the 'Angel of Death' by Slayer and for the classical guitar the most famous example of the technique is probably 'Recuerdos de la Alhambra' by the Spanish composer Francisco Tarrega.

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