Tablature is a visual way to notate music. It gives you an accurate description of where to place your fingers on the guitar.
Tablature is much faster and easier to learn than normal sheet music. Likewise, it is also much easier to learn to read sheet music, once you can read tablature, so it is a really good place to start if you want to start playing quickly.
Tabulature consist of 6 lines. These refer to the strings of the guitar. The top line is the thinest string (1st string, the thin E-string). The bottom line is that the deepest string (6th string, the deep E-string).
Numbers are written in the lines to indicate which fret to press down on the string. If there is a zero (0), it means 0. fret should be played. It means that you should play the string without pressing down on it with your left hand.
As with normal reading, you read from left to right, to play the notes in the right order.
In the Soundslice player there is notated 4 bars. Here we go through each bar.
Here are 4 quarters. Play 0 - 0 - 3 - 5 on the deep E-string. Note the fingering in the sheet above, showing you which finger you should use in your left hand on the last 2 notes.
In this bar we have 2 eighths. Eights are connected with a horizontal beam. They are twice as fast as quaters. At the same time fingering is specified.
In this bar right hand fingering is also specified under the tab. (P, i, m, a)
The notes are located one above the other, which means that they should be played at the same time. Here is an E-major in open position.