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Fingerings

Here’s how to edit fingerings using the Soundslice editor.

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Note that our system has two separate concepts: fingering and right-hand fingering. The difference:

  • Fingering is general-purpose fingering, where “1” means your first finger. Use this for piano music, for example.
  • Right-hand fingering is used for instruments such as classical guitar. This uses abbreviations such as p, m or a, and the fingering is rendered in italics.

Entering fingerings

  1. Select the note whose fingering you want to set.
  2. In the editor sidebar’s “Performance” panel , click the “Set fingering” button . Or search the editor for “Set fingering” or use a keyboard shortcut.
  3. At the left of your screen, replacing the editor’s sidebar, you’ll see a place for you to enter the fingering number. Enter a number here, then click “Done.”

Quick fingering entry

While the fingering entry interface is open in the left sidebar, you can hit the spacebar to select the subsequent note. This makes it fast and easy to enter fingerings: enter a number, then hit spacebar, then enter a number for the next note, etc. Here’s what that looks like:

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Changing fingerings

  1. Click the fingering number directly in your notation.
  2. At the left of your screen, replacing the editor’s sidebar, you’ll see a place for you to edit that fingering number. Edit a number here, then click “Done.”

Deleting fingerings

To delete a given fingering, click on it in your notation to make the fingering interface appear at left. Then just delete the number and click “Done.”

Right-hand fingering

Right-hand fingering works the same way as “normal” fingering. There’s a separate button called “Set right-hand fingering”  next to “Set fingering” in the editor sidebar’s “Performance” panel .

Fingering features

If you take the time to enter fingering information, Soundslice does some nice things with it. In addition to (obviously) showing fingering in the notation, our player will:

  • Display the fingering over the appropriate key in the visual keyboard.
  • Hide the fingering in the notation if the person viewing your slice has transposed the music.
  • Likely do some more exciting things in the future.

Controlling typography

It’s not currently possible to change the font we use in fingering, but we’ll eventually support this.

Controlling positioning

It’s not currently possible to control where a given fingering is displayed. Our engine will position it automatically based on various factors:

  • Whether the bar has multiple voices
  • Whether the note is within the staff lines or on ledger lines
  • Whether the note is in a grand staff
  • Whether the note starts or ends a tie
  • How many notes in a given chord have a fingering set