The Dulcimer Entry panel can be used for entering dulcimer tablature in your score. The entry panel can be used to enter either 3-string or 4-string tablature with the highest pitched string appearing at the bottom.
To enter dulcimer tablature:
The example below shows a D Major scale in both conventional notation and in dulcimer tablature.
To build chords, you can use the Entry Cursor arrows on the panel to move back to the previous note position or you can drag the Entry Cursor directly on the score beore entering the next tablature character.
The Form Slur button can be used to create a slur between tablature numbers. Select the numbers you want slurred, and click on the Form Slur button. Tablature slurs are only intended to occur on the same string.
The Form Tie button can be used to create a tie between tablature numbers that are the same (i.e. the same string and fret). Select the numbers you want tied, and click on the Form Tie button. The duration of the first note is altered to include the duration of the second note. The example below shows a slur followed by a tie.
- The font used for the tablature text can be set in the Text/Font pane of the Inspector Panel.
- For maximum flexiblity, the dulcimer tablature numbers are separate images from the stems/flags. The stems/flags are simply muted notes without noteheads or ledger lines - they can be adjusted freely (as any note can be.) This means that stem lengths, beam angles and stem positions can all be altered using normal editing procedures. However, when you copy and paste tablature flags, you should use the Exact Paste method to insure that the noteheads and ledger settings are retained when pasted into the score.
- Tablature numbers can be adjusted left and right, but not up and down, and the number cannot be changed. If you have entered the incorrect tablature number, select it and remove it, then enter the correct number.
- If you prefer shorter stems in your tablature rhythms, you can change the default stem length in the Graphics pane of the Inspector panel.
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