Ability to enter Tabs for diatonic fretted instruments

• Dec 29, 2016 - 07:59
Reported version
3.0
Type
Functional
Frequency
Many
Severity
S5 - Suggestion
Status
closed
Regression
No
Workaround
No
Project

Currently, MuseScore does not allow to enter tabs for diatonic fretted instruments. This request comes up regularly.
It mainly concerns the mountain/appalachian dulcimer instrument (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Appalachian_dulcimer), whose roots are European with the zitter family: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zither

See discussions:
- https://musescore.org/en/node/151286
- https://musescore.org/en/node/69441
- https://musescore.org/en/node/148071
- https://musescore.org/en/node/11943
- https://musescore.org/en/node/88646

It also concerns instruments of early music, the renaissance cittern, see here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cittern (and here, end of page: http://www.cittern.theaterofmusic.com/faq/index.html)

But also contemporary derivative instruments eg among others: http://www.seagullguitars.com/en/products/m4 (discussion: https://musescore.org/fr/node/123921)
and: https://strumstick.com/pages/history-of-the-strumstick


Comments

fwiw, I have been learning Mtn Dulcimer and would like to pile-on to this request for support of that instrument's odd fret numbering scheme. The vast majority of Mtn Dulcimer folk are using TablEdit as it explicitly supports the "+" fret notation. But, honestly, that program is pretty painful to use as compared to Musescore (plus I'm all-Linux, and TablEdit is Windows). I do have some light coding skills and am willing to contribute. But watching the commentary on this over the past few years leads me to believe this is likely beyond my skill level to take on. Still, if I can help, I will!

That fix still won't allow instruments be diatonic fretted, will it? As far as I know MuseScore code still assumes that frets are always tuned chromatically, and support for diatonic frets would require some more changes in libmscore itself.

Fix version
3.6.0