replace tablature numbers with note names

• Dec 18, 2018 - 11:52

looking for a way to replace the tab-numbers with note names, not to have note names by or aside the numbers but actually replace them. is there any simple way i can do this without doing it one note at a time?
thank you in advance


Doesn't make much sense on a tablatoire, where you need to know which fret to use (which is the whole purpose of tablture, isn't it?). But on a linked notes staff and on 3.0 you can use named noteheads, via staff proberties.

In reply to by Jojo-Schmitz

It makes sense pedagogically. The advantage of tablature is that it shows exact fret positions. However, that is also its disadvantage. It doesn't encourage learning the note names on the fretboard and their relationship to each other. Adding the option in Musecore 3 to display note names in tablature would allow an intermediary step between tablature to standard notation, by still giving the suggested string (e.g., plucking hand position) without giving everything away.

"One of my biggest issues with bass tab has always been that notes are represented by fret numbers. Nothing could have less musical value to a developing musician than giving him or her arbitrary fret numbers to play. It would be like a painter trying to learn about using color and being instructed to use the 3rd paint can from the left. Other musicians all speak in the language of notes. If you say, "Did you want me to play a C# under that chord?", musicians will know what you're talking about. But if you say, "Did you want me to play the 4th fret?" only another bassist or guitarist will understand.

I still think reading standard notation is the way to go, but I don't think bass tab is useless.

Alpha Tab for Bass
My solution, which I have used for some time, is to use the note name instead of the fret number. I call it Alpha Tab. (Actually someone named it for me years ago on The Bottom Line mailing list.) This way the student is forced to think about the note names. Knowing the note names on the fretboard, and those that make up chords and scales, is extremely useful in your development as a bassist. You might notice I rarely describe things with fret numbers. It's for this very reason."

In the meantime, Richay VikaTa Daivata, if you are working in Musescore 2, consider experimenting with the "Add note name notehead plugin":

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