The example above is the first four measures of the fingerpicking arrangement of Shady Grove.
Notice that underneath the notes you will see the proper right-hand fingers you
should be using to play each note (T=Thumb, I=Index, M=Middle).
The first pair of notes (open 1st string and 4th string 2nd fret) are played at the
count of 1 (the first beat). The 1st string is played with the middle finger of the right hand and the 4th string is played by the right thumb.
Notice that each of the measures is a combination of eighth notes and quarter
notes and that the time value of each measure adds up to 1 whole note. Be sure that the eighth notes are played twice as fast as the quarter notes.
As previously mentioned, if the notes in the tab are different than the notes in
the designated chord, then you should play the notes in the tab instead. In the above example, when you play the first Am and G chord you will just hold those
chords without having to modify them. However, when you go back to the Am chord you will start off holding the chord, but after the first four notes are played
you then play the 1st string 3rd fret and also go up to the 5th and 7th frets. Notice also that the 4th string is played open during that time, which allows you to easily
use one finger to slide up and then back down on the 1st string.