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9.2 Working with tablature (TAB) parts

Parts written in TAB format are automatically recognized if the option “Recognize TABs and Percussion Staff Lines” is selected prior to recognition (see "Recognition Options", Section 3.5.1). TAB scores are edited in a similar fashion as standard ENF notation. Parts written in standard notation (melody staff) can be converted to the TAB format. Recog- nized TAB music can also be converted to standard notation. Converting one to the other is done in the Staff Properties window. See "Converting staff line types" above.


9.2.1 Tablature notation display in SmartScore

Tablature notes (fret numerals) are displayed as numbers on top of a string line (6 lines for guitar). The number represents the fret that string is to be played (with “0” representing an open or unfretted string). SmartScore uses an unique notation convention that not only

displays the rhythmic value of each TAB numeral, but also its voicing. Note duration val- ues (rhythmic cues) belonging to Voice 1 appear above the staff. Rhythmic cues belonging to Voice 2 appear below the staff (in red).

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FIGURE 9 - 2: SmartScore TAB notation


9.2.2 Change fingering configurations

Changing fingerings is easily done in Nudge mode. Moving a fret numeral to a new string automatically updates its fret number.


To reassign a fret numeral to another string

a. Hold down the SHIFT button (Nudge mode).

b. Drag the handle of any fret numeral to an adjacent string.

The number will automatically become updated to reflect its new finger position. Its playback pitch remains the same.


9.2.3 Editing TAB symbols


To enter a fret numeral inside a TAB staff,

First select a note value: Ctrl + click on any nearby note with the desired value or select that note value from the Notes palette. Position the cursor on the line you wish to enter a numeral and left click to enter the numeral as Voice 1. Right-click to enter the numeral so it is assigned to Voice 2 (red / below staff).

NOTE: To add a TAB numeral to an existing chord cluster, position the cursor inside the vertical line of numerals until they highlight blue, then click to insert.

To change the fingering of any TAB numeral,

Enter Insert mode by hitting the “C” key or selecting the “Insert” button from the lower Toolbar. Click on any numeral until a red box (numeral editor) appears. Enter a new num- ber.

NOTE: You will have 4 seconds to enter a new number before the numeral editor becomes inactive. You may change the default time period by going to Edit > Program Preferences > Tablature > Timer.

To change the rhythmic value of a TAB numeral,

Ctrl + click on any nearby note with the desired value or select that note value from the Notes palette. Click on the rhythmic value displayed directly above or below the numeral you wish to change. Horizontal note spacing will automatically be adjusted. Measures with rhythmic errors will highlight in pink, exactly as “melody” lines behave. To interpret pink measures, see Section 5.2.2, "Rhythmic errors"

To change to voicing of a TAB numeral,

You must first delete the numeral by hitting the “X” key and clicking on the numeral. Hit the “C” key to enter Insert mode and select the correct note value, if necessary. Position the cursor where you want to insert the numeral and right-click to insert it as Voice 2 (red) or left-click to insert the numeral as Voice 1 (black).

To delete a TAB numeral,

Simply hit the “X” key and click on any numeral. This action will delete both single TAB numerals and numerals in chord clusters.


9.2.4 Creating a guitar TAB staff below a melody line


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You may wish to duplicate a part written in standard notation and have it display as guitar tablature. Or you may wish to take a guitar solo written in tablature and have it also display as standard notation. It’s simple...

To duplicate a notation staff and transform it to a TAB staff,

a. Open any ENF score. Go to Edit > Score Structure.

b. Click on the box that represents the part you wish to copy. Push the “Duplicate” button. The new part will appear below the original box. Click on the newly-cre- ated part and drag left to create an “association” line to the ENF Score Part box next to it. Select “Apply to New”. A new ENF document will be created, leaving the original unchanged.

c. In the ENF view, you will see the duplicated part beneath the original part. With the Properties Tool selected, click on the yellow triangle to the left of the new part. Select “5-line guitar TAB” from the Staff Type pull-down menu and unify staff and line spacing as described in Section 9.1 and Section 9.2.1.

To reverse the process (duplicate a TAB staff and transform it to standard notation), follow the same steps above but instead, choose “6-line melody” from the Staff Type pull-down menu.

After converting a “melody” to a “TAB” staff, you may want to change the fingering. Refer to "Change fingering configurations", Section 9.2.2 for details.


9.2.5 Unifying TAB line distances and line spacing.

After converting “melody” to “TAB” or vice-versa, you may want to change line distances and unify those changes for a clean look.


To resize the TAB spacing and apply it to the entire part,

a. Position your cursor over a TAB staff line and manipulate the red (distance) and blue (line space) tabs per Section 6.2. The next step will unify all TAB staffs.

b. Select “Staff Spacing” from the FILE menu. Or, select the Properties Tool and right-click into the staff that has been altered. Choose Line/Staff Spacing.

image c. In the “Copy settings to” menu, select “All Systems” and push “Copy”.

d. Push “OK”. All staves belonging to that part will adjust.


An alternative method for “unifying” layout is as follows:

a. With your cursor over the modified staff line, hit the “Caps Lock” key to lock in focus on that staff.

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b. Push the “Unify” button in the Navigator (“U” key). Select “Unify System, Staff and Line Spacing” (Based on active system). Push OK.

c. Hit the “Caps Lock” key again to release the active system.