flageolets in tab for guitar

• Feb 22, 2017 - 13:58

dear all,
do you have an idea please of how to get the tabs right in bars 17-24
(the diamond shaped note is the sounding pitch and the normal note is the root)
thank you

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Since I don't play the guitar, and the literature I read doesn't cover exactly how this works I'll have to tell you what it seems to me you will need to do to make it look right and sound right.

You need to put a fret number on the 4th string (that shows where the finger goes) this would be 14 on the G string for the first note in measure 17 if I understand correctly how this works. This will display your A on the staff in the correct spot. You then need to put a fret mark on another string that will cause the sounding note to display. This would have to be 17 on the E string. If this causes interference with another note you want played on the E string, you will have to increase the fret count to at least 22 to put the note on the B string. You will then make the 17 or 22 invisible by pressing the V key or using the inspector. You of course understand how to adjust the note heads as needed. You will then need to remove the check from the play checkbox on the base note of the flageolet to make it silent.

If this is not right then explain what is wrong.

In reply to by mike320

thanks for your input!
The first a is played on the 1st string at the 5th fret.(with the 4rth finger but that is not important now) At the same time the index finger from the right hand touches the string at the 17th fret to make the "knot" for the harmonic. (lightly it does not press down)
That is halfway the vibrating string length so the sounding pitch is the a written as diamond note...

in the tab there should be 5<17> written on the first string.

In reply to by aeLiXihr

I now understand. Unfortunately MS doesn't currently allow for this notation with out a little work. You can make a staff text that looks something like 5[ ] (I don't know how to make angle brackets show up on this page so I used square). You put this bracket around the sounding fret number. Before continuing do one more thing that will make the following easier. Right click this text and chose text properties. You will want to make these settings the same as are used for frets. ALSO set the text to right justified (the square with the lines even on the right side). This will make the brackets stay in place when you change the fret number. You can then do one or both of the following.

1. Add it to a custom palette for ease of adding to notes you can't see at the same time as another flageolet text. The down side of this is that you will likely have to adjust it each time you add it. You will also need to do this in a score that does not have the text properties changed in the entire score, otherwise, when you add it, the font will change. In your current score, the text added from the palette will show as bold, which you do not want.

2. Once it looks good, use ctrl-shift and then start dragging it to the location you want it copied. The advantage is that it will be in the same relative starting position as the original text.

You will of course have to change the numbers as appropriate. It is a little work to get it going, but will pay off if you use it often.

In reply to by aeLiXihr

You're not the first to try it. I've seen others try to do similar things. I'm just not very fluent in guitar. This work around is actually quite effective and shows the versatility of the program. I forgot that you can also click the text copy it (ctrl-c) and paste it to another note by clicking it and pressing ctrl-v.

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