Is there any software available that can (semi)automatically convert between ASCII tablature (especially for guitar and drums) and sheet music? And the other way around?

I realise that there's not really a standardized method of writing tabs, so it might be pretty hard to write an automated coversion, but it wouldn't suprise me if someone has had a go.

I'd prefer something that is open source, if possible.


If you still don't know about it, there is a software for guitar tablatures called Guitar Pro, you can download the trial version from their official site. About open source, can't help you , sorry.

In Guitar Pro you will have seamlessly both the tablature (playing midi in real time) and the sheet music that goes with it; the only real problem is that exported ASCII will print all of the empty bars, too.

  • Thanks for the pointer. Looks like it can import and export both midi and ascii tabs. Looks pretty interesting, and there's an open source clone called TuxGuitar, which I'll have to check out. – naught101 May 5 '12 at 23:59
  • You're welcome, I'll check TuxGuitar since I've started programming a while ago; so thank you too for the suggestion too. – Adrian Woodhouse May 6 '12 at 8:32

I may be a little late to the party here but seems this is the right place to post, if anywhere: I recently launched the website www.notestotab.com, that does exactly what it says on the tin 😂

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    Hi Harry - can you expand a little on how it works, or what sort of functionality it has please. Link only answers tend to be removed. – Doktor Mayhem Aug 28 '19 at 6:55
  • Hi folks, sorry if I jumped the gun by being a bit brief in my answer... not my intention to be disruptive or off-topic. Anyhoo, to elaborate a bit more @DoktorMayhem: it's a tool which is helpful if you've got something like the Real Book and want to transcribe into tab to see what the general gist is. Usage and other info on the site! – Harry L Aug 29 '19 at 11:12

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