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Harmonics

Here’s how to notate harmonics using the Soundslice editor.

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Soundslice supports harmonics in both normal and tablature instruments.

Setting a harmonic

  1. Select a note. (It doesn’t matter if you select it within the tablature staff or the standard-notation staff.)
  2. Click the “Toggle natural harmonic” icon in the editor sidebar’s “Tablature” menu , or search the editor for “Toggle natural harmonic.” Or use a keyboard shortcut.

Removing a natural harmonic

  1. Select the note that has the natural harmonic. (It doesn’t matter if you select it within the tablature staff or the standard-notation staff.)
  2. You’ll see the natural harmonic icon in the current notations panel. Click that icon to remove the natural harmonic marking.

How a harmonic affects notation and playback

In a tablature instrument: If you add a natural harmonic to a note, then its written and sounded pitches will both be altered according to the fret/string and instrument tuning. (Our system knows how each possible natural harmonic affects each note on a fretboard.) Also, we will put angle brackets around the note in tablature, and the note in standard notation will use a diamond notehead:

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In a non-tablature instrument: If you add a natural harmonic to a note, we only change its notehead.

Artificial harmonics in tablature

At the moment, our editor only supports natural harmonics — not artificial harmonics. Our rendering engine does support artificial harmonics, but the only way to create them is by importing a file that contains that notation. We plan to add native editor support for artificial harmonics soon.