I'm not sure if this qn belongs here, but it is related to music, so here it goes.

I've been modifying some drum tabs on Guitar Pro. The problem is, for a specific section all the HiHat notes need to be changed to Ride cymbal.

Now of course, I can do it one note at a time. I can select the note, remove the hihat and add a ride cymbal on the same note. But I'll have to do this for one at a time for a loooong time.

Is there a mass copy and replace method in guitar pro.

Again, I can copy and paste notes too, but on the same note there'll be different snare/kick being played.

I JUST want to replace the hihat with ride while keeping other things same for the same note

  • As far as I know, there isn't any 'find and replace' method in GP. You might have to do it on every single note Commented May 30, 2015 at 15:24
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    nooooooooooooooo.com Commented May 30, 2015 at 15:25

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You can do it, I just figured out how and also tested it.

  1. Export the current GP file as an XML file from: File > Export > MusicXML,

  2. Open the exported XML file with Notepad and using "replace all" (using ctrl + H) replace the number corresponding to HiHat (probably 42, 44 or 46) with a number corresponding to Ride cymbal (probably 59).

  3. Import this file into GuitarPro from: File > Import > MusicXML and you're done.

Hopefully nothing else will change. If it does,then you'll have to investigate the XML file more thoroughly but I don't think it's gonna be too hard. Anyway, keep the backup file safe before doing this, good luck.

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    this is why i love stack exchange! thank you for the answer. I'll try it out and let you know! Commented May 31, 2015 at 19:56
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    Great, and since you're trying it, it's better to consider @david strachan's advice and search for <fret>42</fret> (or 44, or 46, whichever you want to change) instead of just number 42 and replace it with <fret>51</fret> (or 59) just to be sure that nothing else will be changed. Commented May 31, 2015 at 20:09
  1. Copy drum track to new file as precussion track
  2. Export as MusicXML

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  1. Open file in Text Editor
  2. Look for <fret>42</fret> OR <fret>44</fret> OR <fret>46</fret>
  3. Find and Replace with <fret>51</fret> OR <fret>59</fret>
  4. Import as MusicXML into drum file
  5. Add track to origonal file

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