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Using GuitarPro 6 for Touchstyle Tablature

There are several systems of Tablature in existence for use in the Touchstyle Guitar world. The one I find most logical and easy to use is the standard and universal system that has been used historically for stringed instruments such as Baroque and Renaissance guitar, and lute, and is now used extensively in the contemporary world for guitar, mandolin, lute, and bass. This particular system combines the use of standard notation with Tablature. It uses a staff of standard notation with a secondary staff beneath it portraying the strings of the specified instrument. The following is an example of traditional Tablature used with a touchstyle instrument in standard tuning:
 
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Lines on the Tab Staff indicate the Strings of the instrument, while numbers indicate the Fret to be pressed. 
 
This is a system that has been used successfully by many Touchstyle devotees such as Frank Joliffe, Trey Gunn, and others. When one gets used to reading this traditional system, it is very easy to translate complex music to the instrument. In my own studio work, I've always used some form of Tablature notation to document ideas and preserve compositional arrangements. In the past, I've had to construct odd mechanisms to make my Tablature possible, sometimes using combinations of Finale, Photoshop, TablEdit, and other digital tools. This was cumbersome, but it worked to allow me to document and record my musical ideas.
 
I work with a variety of different stringed instruments in my studio. While working through a project with the charango and ronroco, I recently purchased a copy of Guitar Pro 6 to see if it would easily allow Tablature to be written for these instruments. I found that this was an amazingly easy program to use and operate and that it was able to accommodate fairly radical customization with these South American instruments. With GuitarPro 6, I was able produce beautiful notation and Tablature. It even gave me the ability to play back the sound so I could hear what it is I was writing. So, I decided to see if the program could be customized for Touchstyle guitar. 
 
My explorations proved to be very successful. After a bit of experimentation, I had a complete system for producing Touchstyle Tablature/Notation in Standard/Classical tuning. I ran through a variety of testing and it performed very well. I even took some Tablature written by Frank Joliffe and Trey Gunn, and inserted it in the program. I now had a Notation/Tab version with an ability to play back the sound. This seemed like a very powerful ally in my studio work with Touchstyle concepts. I thought that this information might be useful for others who were interesting in recording their ideas through the use of standardized Tablature.

For those of you who own GuitarPro 6, I decided to write out a complete tutorial for the customization of GP6 for touchstyle instruments (using Standard/Classical tuning). Unfortunately, for the customization process, one needs the full version of the software in order to access the string options. So, the program has to be purchased in order to customize it for Touchstyle instruments (please note that I am not a sales representative for this piece of software).

You can find this tutorial at the following URL:

https://touchstyleguitar.wordpress.com/2015/01/22/01-15-touchstyle-tablature-configuring-guitarpro-6-for-classic-touchstyle-tuning/

Scroll down a bit as most of the previous text is repeated there.

Don


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