Color Coding 

Looking at six different strings that tend to blend into each other, or the fret board, can make things complicated. Just like using a colored paper or highlighter can make words easier to read, adding color for each fret can make the strings easier to see and the frets easier to find. Vinyl strips come in lots of different colors and don't damage the guitar neck if you eventually decide to remove them.

This curriculum uses colors associated with fret, not pitch. This can be used to reinforce fingers, or assist with reading tab. Colors can even replace numbers in tab altogether, further eliminating the need for decoding symbols or relying on working memory. 

To further support literacy with adapted notation, Color Adapted Tab combines the colored fret system with a unique system aimed at supporting learnings who find standard notation systems a barrier to playing. 

Color System

I've decided to use the following colors for frets 1 through 4:

= Open String
= 1st Fret
= 2nd Fret
= 3rd Fret
= 4th Fret

For fret colors 0-12, click here

Colors are added to each line of tab, rather than fret numbers. For example, the following example demonstrates the 3rd fret of the 1st (high E) string: