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Lilypond: manually specify fret numbers in a TabStaff?

I'm writing down a score for a transcription of a guitar piece, and figured I could also include tabs for it. Unfortunately, lilypond seems to generate the fingerings on its own and they're very ...
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How to show the string tunings on a tab in Lilypond?

I am setting a guitar piece in Lilypond. The piece requires to use a pitch shifter in certain places. Using \set Staff.stringTunings anywhere in the notes leads to a correct tab for pitch-shifted ...
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What does this line across multiple strings mean in this guitar chord?

I'm a novice at reading tab (don't know how to play any string instrument) and I'm trying to understand this tab notation for an F major chord from Ultimate Guitar: I know that the 3, 4, and 2 mean ...
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Lilypond tablature: how to force a note to a specific string+fret?

I have written a partition on Lilypond, with both Staff and tabStaff. I have customised the tablature with TabStaff.minimumFret = #7 and TabStaff.restrainOpenStrings = ##t and the generated tablature ...
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Guitar Sheet Music not matching tabs

Sorry, I'm inexperienced, but I have a hard time wrapping my head around sheet music for unusual tunings. As far as I'm aware, the first note on the tabs is a G#, and it's just a G on the sheet music ...
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Tab. timing inaccuracies [closed]

In a lot of tab. (for guitar/bass) there is no indication referring to timing. The numbers will obviously refer to string/fret for each note to be played, but when each note is played is somewhat ...
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Program similar to getharmony.net [closed]

getharmony.net was a very interesting web page where you could get the notes of a song with guitar through a spectogram and make a tab to interpret it. Unfortunately it is down, but I would like to ...
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Lilypond: \downbow and \upbow don't show up in 2nd staff tablature

In one StaffGroup I'm trying to write one staff in note notation with a TabStaff below in which ^\downbow and ^\upbow are used. However, these markups don't show up in the end result. Why is that and ...
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Guitar tab symbol

Below are the first two measures from Adele's "Easy on Me". What does the symbol on the top right of 2 mean in both the bars in the picture above? Edit: ...
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Translating Sheet Music to Guitar Tabs (without any software help (: ) [duplicate]

I have been playing guitar for a few months and have grown to love it. I played sports and participated in 0 fine arts growing up, so this is all very new to me. I was excited to initially learn ...
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How to interpret open ended gliss notation on guitar

How would the notation below be interpreted? What is this called on the guitar? I'm calling it "glissando to nowhere in particular" in my mind. It resembles something I've seen in a jazz ...
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Uncommon Guitar Tab Notation

Don’t assume I know much about music, I’m just an amateur. I’ve come across the notation below (AC/DC - You Shook Me All Night Long). I know how it sounds. I do not know how it’s called and how to ...
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Why the difference between double and electric bass fingering?

Sheet music with tabs is provided for Charles Mingus' Haitian Fight Song. They differ from one another (obviously, or why provide two different tabs). My question, though, is, why? Note that I do not ...
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Legato slide, Pulloff, hammer on combo

I have been trying to figure out how to play these notes for months.. I don’t know if I’m supposed to do it as 1 pick starting at the 16 then pull off and slide hammer and slide again?? Please help. ...
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Is this tab notation a "soft pulloff"?

I've seen several tab notations like the following: What does it mean? You hold the original note for a bar, then do a "soft pulloff" (take your finger off the fretboard) for the next bar?
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How do you properly read an extended scale chart?

This question is about reading extended scale charts. Example A: Shows a small segment of notes that are easy to read and practice. Example B: Shows all possible notes and I don't know where to start ...
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What chord completes this chord progression? [closed]

Not sure how to complete this chord progression in guitar tab. I think the chord on the left is CaddG followed by a Cadd9. What comes after that? 3 3 3 3 0 0 0 2 2 3 3 x I ...
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Does TAB take into account where a capo may be placed?

When TAB is written, and a capo is needed on, say, fret 2, does the tab get written as if the barre formed by said capo is the actual fret it's on, or does that fret become the 'open' string? In other ...
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Is this bass tab wrong? [closed]

The following tab seems to have a mistake or typo (circled in red, with the way I play it in green below): Am I right that what is shown as F (D string, fret 3) should really be played as an F#/Gb (D ...
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What is the meaning of upward and downward arrows on double note in guitar tab?

It is a part of Desperado song guitar tab. I'm wondering what does upward and downward arrows mean in the guitar tab?
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In defense of our future - Discharge guitar tabs [closed]

i was just curious if someone knows this. I've been trying to find tabs for "In defense of our future - Discharge" but the internet seems to have this one really hidden and there's no site ...
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Meaning of drum TAB notation: horizontal line with upward stroke

I came across the following notation which I couldn't find in any guides to drum TAB notation: It resembles a small x note lying directly on the 2nd stave line from the top (i.e., a D4 in the treble ...
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Question About Tab Notation

Maybe an obvious question, but I ran across notation in the tabs for a song that I wasn't exactly familiar with. I'm fairly familiar with a lot of guitar notation, even though I primarily play drums, ...
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What does the numbers mean in this guitar tab if they already gave the chords to play?

I understand E A D G B e And the meaning of the letters above. Which I can play like the c chord and em . But I don’t understand the numbers. Is it for the fret. Like where I should be playing on the ...
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Bass Guitar Nomenclature for Intermediate Players

My call for advice involves music nomenclature of intermediate-level bass players who can’t read sheet music. I am such a bass player, self-taught and want to take my playing to the next level. My ...
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Meaning of some symbols in classical guitar tablature

I am trying to learn classical guitar by myself. In the tablature of Romanza, I came across a few symbols whose meaning I couldn't find. I have learned basic music theory, and I can understand the ...
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Why is a third-space C on the staff played on the second-string, 1st guitar fret? [duplicate]

I am reading Classic Guitar for Dummies by Chappell, Jon; Phillips, Mark. Classical Guitar For Dummies® (p. 83). Wiley. Kindle Edition. The question comes from a direct statement in the text, which I ...
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What word the combines both tabs and sheet music?

Wondering what word combines both Tabs and sheet music? I usually say Music Score. Is it correct?
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How to chose a ukulele chord tab?

I found this website with common ukulele chord tabs and tried to typeset an E chord in Sibelius: The first one was added by Sibelius (G# E B) and the second one by the mentioned website (B E G# B). I ...
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Help deciphering piece of guitar tablature

does anyone know exactly how this bit of tab is supposed to be played ? I understand the numbers of course but I've never seen this "W.C" or a circle around the notes, what does it mean ? ...
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Tablature notation meaning [duplicate]

What is that tablature symbol in the second bar of Alfred Schnittke's piano sonata no.3 ?
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How do I play these notes from "Zelda's Lullaby"?

How do I play the notes shown in the below image? Here's a link of the video if you want to see It's on minute 02:33
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How to interpret this "hammer on" in this guitar tab?

Does anyone know how I would interpret this hammer on in the guitar tab seen in the image? I would usually read this as "play the third string on the fourth fret, hammer on 5, hammer on 4" ...
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How do I read bars with only one or two notes?

In this sheet there are some bars that only have one or two notes, instead of four. How do I read them? Do they last 1 unit of time as well? In the case of the bars with only one note, does that note ...
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What is this open, vertical rectangular symbol?

In Rautavaara's Second Piano Sonata, first movement, beginning 20 bars before the end, there is a tablature-like symbol. What does it mean?
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Smaller scripts on guitar tablature

Above picture there are some notes are written smaller does it mean play slightly more silent?
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Why does tuxguitar sound bad and what can be done about it?

I've used TuxGuitar for a while now and it's good enough for a free product. However, I recently downloaded the most recent version and noticed that when I play what I've typed into the TAB the ...
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How am I supposed to play this chord?

I've tried to play this chord a couple different ways and I have no way to play it. I tried to have my index on 10 my pinky on the 16s and my middle or ring on 14. Is there something I'm missing or ...
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Guitar tablature: same fret indication connected by arc, no label [duplicate]

I'm trying to learn "Hard Time Killin' Floor Blues", by Skip James, and I am stumped on the circled notation in the picture. It doesn’t look like a pull off or hammer on to me, because the ...
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Line breaks or page formatting in TuxGuitar

I'm trying to write bass tabs in TuxGuitar, but want to format the print layout. I can't figure out how to set the number of measures per line or how to add a line break in the tabs. Does anyone know ...
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How do I read the music when there are more beats in bar than the time signature specifies [duplicate]

I am a beginner and have encountered the following tab/sheet music notes. It is in the 3/4 time signature, but it clearly shows more than 3 quarter notes in a bar. I am stumped on how to read and play ...
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How do I represent these measures (bends and prebends) in GuitarPro?

I was reading through a book when I came across this lick. I tried to represent it in guitar pro but am finding difficulty. Can you please help me with this lick? I understand that these are grace ...
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How to change the tuning in guitar pro 5 but keep the original tuning displayed

I tune all the time in Eb , but I don't want the display of the notes in the fretboard to be in Eb, I want it to stay in E. how do I do that please?
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How can I play these notes on A and G strings?

I came up to these tabs showing a power-chord like chord on A and G strings. How exactly can I play these without interfering with the D string?
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Does a "-" on guitar tab mean "play that string open"?

I'm not a guitarist, I'm learning piano and I'm trying to translate some guitar tab for piano. With this section of tab (for I Don't Want It by Ween, from the Ultimate Guitar site): e--8-8-8---3-3---...
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Is there a shortcut or technique for converting standard notation classical guitar music into tab?

I have played guitar for almost 30 years, but regrettably have never played standard notation. I have exclusively played tablature. This has not been a problem until I took up classical guitar ...
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Is this slide made unnecessarily hard?

Sliding from 3 to 5 and then hitting 2? Do I need to stretch my hands that much? Or is this made unnecessarily hard?
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Chords in tabs are wrong?

This song is Blackbird by the beatles The first part is a G, but the notes come up as G B G, which do not form a G chord. a G chord is made up from G B D, unless I am missing something here, or the ...
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Chords in tabs confusion

I usually see pictures like the one above, with chords above the bars. Like, in the first one for example, it says "Am" directly above the 7th fret of the D string How is that an Am? Am is made up ...
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Rhythm notation confusion

This is getting me really confused. This bar is 4/4 Look at the picture above, shouldn't "0" be beat 4? instead it gets to beat 4 at the red arrow. Why is that?
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