Tablature stem direction

• Sep 10, 2013 - 08:02

In books by Publisher (or software) 1, the tablature is downstem for single voice (see Electric Guitar 2).

If there's multi-voice, the Voice 1 notes are upstem and Voice 2 are downstem (see Electric Guitar 3).

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Looking at Publisher 2 (probably using different software), the direction is either up or down.

Publisher 2.png

I wonder if it was a conscious decision for Publisher 1 (or the software) to always place single voice in one stem direction for easier reading.


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in many guitar songbook, stems are not represented. I have met these notations in Dire Straits and Mark Knopfler songbooks. It's nice to see that in the latest nightly built, on the staff properties, you can choose wether to use the stems or not.

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