I downloaded a piece of music from the internet and whilst listening to it, after a slide, the lead guitar suddenly drops an octave lower. There are no signs on it saying why it's dropped there are not any signs saying it's dropped. Is there a way to have the rest of the song an octave higher from that point onwards?

  • Could you link to the file ?
    – Julien N
    Commented Jun 14, 2016 at 12:34

2 Answers 2


Without the file, here are the reasons I can think of why GP's playback could switch to another octave without any change to the notes :

  • The "play this an octave lower than written" symbol (8vb) is enabled but not visible (bug, hidden, you didn't see it ?). Select a note and check on the left panel if it is enabled. 8vb button
  • There is an octaver effect that is enabled during the playback. Check the effect panel and maybe watch the video Handling effect variations
  • The "clef" changed somewhere in the tab, check that there isn't an octave clef ("normal" treble clef but with an "8" under it) on the bar where the pitch drops.
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If none of these apply, please provide a link to the file.
If you just want to make it sound one octave higher, apply the reverse of any of the items above, the easiest being to apply a "8va" on the bars that you want to shift.


It's simple: Select the bars you want to transpose one octave higher, like so:

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and go to Tools>Transpose:

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Make sure to select "Selection" (So as to transpose only your selected bars). Select which tracks you want to transpose. By selecting "Current Track", like myself, you're going to transpose only the current track, which in my case is bass and in yours a guitar. Finally, select how many semitones you want your transposition to be. For a full octave, select "+12(perfect octave)":

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And you're done:

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  • This works for multiple bars as well. Commented Jun 14, 2016 at 13:13

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