Add linked grand staff to tab staff

• Jul 17, 2020 - 11:36

I'm having another go at getting my head around bass clef notation and to this end have set up a simple score to show tab notes and their corresponding standard notation.

I have managed to link a treble staff to the tab but can't get the grand staff to link, so the notes that I enter into the tab staff do not appear in the grand staff. Is there a way to achieve this link?



Why attaching a Tab staff to a Piano? Won't work, as a Piano is not a plucked string instrument and doesn't have string data (number, tuning, frets) available

If you're after checking how tablatur looks in bass clef, just change that Guitar clef (G ottava bassa) into a bass (F) clef


A staff links only one on one, as each staff is limited to 4 voices, it could be (currently technically) impossible to map the 8 voices of a grand staff onto a single Tab staff.

You might try something else though as a possible workaround, (but not sure how achievable/maintainable it is). Add two linked staves, one for each staff of the grand staff, then set the 2nd Tab staff to not show stafflines/barlines/clefs/time signatures and try to superimpose it using a fixed staff spacer.
See the attached workaround using 2 instruments superimposed on each other.

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This is nearly finished now, just some cosmetics do apply. However, could you please confirm something for me? With piano music, does the bass clef "hand over" to the treble clef at middle C or can there be higher notes in the bass clef of more ledger lines?

Bar 9 shows where I am "handing over":


In reply to by yonah_ag

There is no hard and fast rule for when to switch clefs, or to switch hands. No more than is is for when to switch strings on guitar (eg, middle C written can be played as G string fifth fret or B string first fret, and both are valid and happen at different times for different reasons).

In your example, I'd leave the LH notes in the bottom staff. No need to do anything special because reading that "E" just above middle C is easy enough, although if it were to keep going higher you could consider changing to treble clef still on the bottom staff.

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

Thanks, that makes sense.

In phase 2 I'll tackle those piano notes which go lower than the guitar, although I will obviously have to play them in a higher octave. One base that I haven't got covered is sharps vs flats: in tab they are exactly the same but in notation they are on different lines or spaces! (I also have a few mistakes to correct)

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