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Simple Chord Entry & Guitar Tabs

  • Tab Key: Besides choosing with our mouse like we applied on previous chapter, we can use “TAB” key to choose the bar that we would like to start entering the notes.
  • A Few Editing Tips:
    • Up & Down Arrow will move notes up & down diagonally.
    • Command Arrows will move the notes up or down an octave.
    • Enter key will toggle on & off the “TIE”.
    • Return Key will change the notes with accidentals to their harmonic equivalent.
  • Simple Chord Entry by Mouse: You can simply enter the notes following up with their shadow notes by your mouse to create chords.
  • Chord Entry by Interval Numbers: You can enter notes by the numbers 1-9 in your alpha keyboard.
  • Shift Key: You can also add notes in opposite direction by holding down the shift key and adding the intervals below the notes with the intervals.
  • Accidental Entry by Interval Numbers: You can simply select the value of the note on your keypad as well as the accidental than you will use your interval entry.
  • Chord Entry by MIDI Keyboard: You could simply select the value of the notes you wanted to enter on your keypad and play the chords on your MIDI keyboard.
  • Entering Tuplets: You will choose the value of the note; enter the tuplets holding down “command” key and any numbers from 2-9
  • Guitar Tabs: It’s easy to write Guitar tabs in Sibelius or copy a notation as a tablature.

Simple Chord Entry & Guitar Tabs

Lecture Slides are screen-captured images of important points in the lecture. Students can download and print out these lecture slide images to do practice problems as well as take notes while watching the lecture.

  • Intro 0:00
  • Lesson Overview 0:07
  • Entering Chords 0:29
    • Tab Key
    • Editing Tips: Arrows
    • Editing Tips: Command Arrows
    • Editing Tips: Enter Key and Return Key
    • Simple Chord Entry by Mouse
    • Chord Entry by Interval Numbers
    • Shift Key
    • Accidental Entry by Interval Numbers
    • Chord Entry by MIDI Keyboard
    • Entering Tuplets
  • Guitar Tab 16:57
    • Guitar Tab & Examples