# Tab question

Sally Steeltoe
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01/04/2013 5:05 am
I'm doing some exercises out of a beginner guitar book, and in the guitar tabulature for the G major chord, for the low E string, it looks like one number is superimposed on top of another--a 3 and maybe a 7?!? I might have thought it was a typo but it's in several spots. The book discusses alternate fingering but that doesn't seem to be related. I've looked through the book and done a web search but haven't been able to find anything similar, so thought I'd see if I could get some answers here. Thanks!
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01/04/2013 3:44 pm
Hi Sally,

Sounds a little odd. Any way you can share a picture of what you are seeing in the book?
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ChristopherSchlegel
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01/04/2013 4:02 pm
Originally Posted by: Sally SteeltoeI'm doing some exercises out of a beginner guitar book, and in the guitar tabulature for the G major chord, for the low E string, it looks like one number is superimposed on top of another--a 3 and maybe a 7?!?

What book is this? Can you show us the superimposed numbers?

Is it possible that the 7 is just a forward slash through the 3? This could be to indicate that the low G on the 3rd fret E string is to be held but not played. Usually this is done with parentheses:
`E |---3-------------|B |---0-------------|G |---0-------------|D |---0-------------|A |---2-------------|E |--(3)------------|`
Hope this helps!
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Sally Steeltoe
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01/04/2013 4:58 pm
Thanks to both of you for the responses. The book is "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Playing Rock Guitar" by David Hodge, and the particular exercise is a little song called "Open Chord Rock." I'll take a picture of it when I get back home this evening; I'll also check to see if it's perhaps just a forward slash (my memory is that it truly looks like a 7 superimposed on top of a 3, but it will be interesting to check).

Thanks again!
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Sally Steeltoe
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01/05/2013 1:47 am
Hi all,

Here's the picture of the tabulature for the G major chord. Thanks!
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Sally Steeltoe
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01/05/2013 1:49 am
Here it is with the standard notation, in case that provides any clues.
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Carmine M
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01/05/2013 3:02 am
Seems just a mistake for me and you should read 3 there.
Carmine

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01/05/2013 4:37 am
Originally Posted by: Sally SteeltoeHere it is with the standard notation, in case that provides any clues.

Carmine is right. The 7 is simply a mistake. The standard notation helped clear this up completely. It's just an open position G major chord.

Have fun!
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Sally Steeltoe
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01/05/2013 8:06 pm
Well, thank you both! It's odd that it happened in several different places and on two separate pages (a copy & paste issue, perhaps?). It drove me nuts that night trying to figure out what it meant; at least now I can ignore it!
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hunter1801
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01/05/2013 9:52 pm
That's one of the advantages of learning to read standard notation. I have come across errors before in the tabs. A simple thing like typing a 5 when it should have been a 4 changes the sound and you will never know. You'll play it and think it's right since the tab says so without realizing the mistake and noticing the difference in the standard notation.
Sally Steeltoe
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01/06/2013 5:52 am
Good point!
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BLIND_FAITH
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01/29/2013 4:45 pm
Looks like a print error to me also. :)