Fingerstyle guitar and ukulele TABS

Kaminari Guitar

Special marks (symbols) in the guitar tabs from Kaminari

In this article I will briefly describe the meaning of some symbols in my guitar tabs like crosses, circles and others.

  1. Numbers in circles (ghost notes). These notes are desirable to play 2 times quieter than normal. This is all situational, but the point is that they are used for decoration. It means if you don’t play them at all, it will not affect the melody.
  2. ХХ marks on the 5-6 strings (slap). This is the standard notation for hitting the bass strings with your right thumb. It should get a slap (imitation the snare).
  3. Up ↑ and down ↓ arrows. The default designation for the strumming. If the arrow is up, then you just need to hit the specified strings from top to bottom (I usually play it with the nails of the middle and ring fingers).
  4. ◯ marks above tabs (kick). This symbol means “kick”. On a guitar, this sound is extracted by striking the wrist of the right hand over the guitar body approximately at the sixth string in the area where the strings are attached. You can find a lot of tutorials on YouTube how to play basic percussion on guitar.
  5. ХХ with the notes (sometimes with the arrow ↑). It is a “Nails attack”. Here we combine a down stroke with nails and slap. We beat from top to bottom to the string indicated in the tabs, and at the same time add a thumb strike to the bass strings (slap). At first it is very difficult, therefore it is possible without adding a beat. The accent sound will still be heard.