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Tablature is an easy to read and understand system of notation that gives a picture of what you are picking. Listed on this page are an explanation of tablature, some examples and simple songs to help get you started. Enjoy!
Each line in tablature represents a string. With the banjo in your lap and looking down with the neck pointed to your left, the bottom string is the first string, the next one up is the second and so forth until the top string is the fifth. On tablature the top line is the first string and the next one down is the second until finally the bottom is the fifth. Then there are a series of numbers on each line. You would pick each note in order from left to right. The different numbers represent frets on the neck. A 1 would be the first fret and a 2 would be the second fret and so forth. Of course, a 0 would mean to play the string open (or not fretted). The letters on the bottom stand for T=Thumb I=Index M=Middle for the finger you would use to pick with the right hand. Here is an example of a simple roll: