We begin with a single note, Middle E. The line on the left connecting the staff and tablature (tab) = Same Thing. Tab = Notation. These reading exercises are simple and prove that you can read music on guitar.
To Know → Middle E = Line 1 = 4 string, fret 2.
Say it with me: the first line of the staff is Middle E, and the first way we will play it is in zone one on the 4th string, 2nd fret.
We have shown this E as a quarter, yet it can and will appear as any duration (whole, half, quarter, eighth, sixteenth, etc.).
This simple E note exercise is easy and proves that you can read music.
In 4/4 time, the quarter note gets one beat. A whole note lasts 4 beats. For the last measure, you only play [strike] the note on the one beat, & let it ring for 4 beats.
In this simple exercise with half notes, we are playing in 2/4, which means 2 beats in a measure, & the quarter note gets the beat (one beat). Two quarters make a half. In 2/4, the half note lasts 2 beats [fills the measure].