The best way to read guitar tabs is to understand what they are & how to understand them.
As you can see from the two pictures to the right, the first one is far easier to understand than the second one. Start simple then move to more complicated.
Guitar tabs are a simplified form of sheet music. It’s a type of sheet music for guitar. As where standard notation (regular type of sheet music) is more general and can be for any instrument. Tutorial Guitar Tab Lesson
With tabs you use numbers to represent the frets you play. Unlike standard notation where you use symbols to recognize notes.
A lot of people frown on guitar tabs because they don’t show you as much as standard notation. They’re a lot more simplified for easier learning & might require you to listen to a piece of music to understand what you’re reading. But is still a great training tools.
Once you understand how they work when you reading them (say in a song) you’ll begin to gain insight on how things in music are put together. And that’s when the fun starts.
Once you do a whole new world will open up to you and you’ll be able to understand things most guitar players won’t.
But you must start slow and take your time. It won’t come over night, but if you work at it daily, you will see some nice positive results.
If you feel that guitar tabs are too complicated. There is a free website to teach you how to read music. It is a hands on website that teaches you Music theory. Click here to check out the Music Theory Teaching site.