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Editing tab in Soundslice

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The Soundslice editor has excellent support for tablature.

In this section of our help, we list every available tablature notation and show you how to achieve it within Soundslice.

Entering tab

Here’s how to enter tablature:

  1. Select the beat and string in which you want to add a note.
  2. To change the beat’s rhythmic value, use the + key to make it shorter or the - key to make it longer. You can also click the appropriate icon in the edit pane (e.g., a quarter note or eighth note).
  3. Type the fret number — a number from 0 to 36.
  4. Soundslice automatically figures out the pitch in the standard notation, based on the string tuning. If you’d like to change the enharmonics (e.g., changing B flat to A sharp), use Command Alt 8 or click the “Toggle enharmonics” button in the edit pane.
  5. The cursor will not auto-advance. You can quickly move across strings and beats using your keyboard’s arrow keys.

Entering notes via the staff

If your instrument has tablature enabled, you can still enter notes via the staff, using the steps described here. Soundslice will automatically choose a string and fret that corresponds to the given pitch, given the instrument tuning.

Not happy with the automatically selected string and fret? No problem. Select the note and press Option and the up/down arrow key to switch the note to a different string. You can also search the editor for “Move note down a string, retaining pitch” or “Move note up a string, retaining pitch.”