Nothing's more simple!
The uppermost line of the tab is the first string. a
is the empty string, b
the first fret, c
the second and so on. Rhythmical markings are above the tab and are valid as long as no other mark appears. Normally in modern prints they are plain notes. In older prints and facsimiles they lack the heads, only necks. Tune third string down to f#, that's it. The original key normally is a minor third higher (e minor on the guitar is g minor on the lute). So for practical purposes (some chords maybe a little wide spread on a modern guitar) one can use a capo on the third fret.
That was the crash course. Now start playing!
Last edited by Sanft on Mon Aug 01, 2005 12:10 pm, edited 2 times in total.
"...si nos quedáramos cuarenta y ocho horas seguidas sin música, habria una catástrofe mundial." Leo Brouwer
7stringed Matthias Dammann 1997; 9stringed Neuner&Hornsteiner ~ 1880
7stringed 1829 Staufer/Legnani replica by F. P. Dietrich 2007