Chapman stick - linked tablature
A few years ago someone uploaded a file in this thread:
I have attached the file to this post.
The user has not replied to my post in that thread about how they accomplished this task. The real trick that I have not been able to discover (even from examining this file) is that the bass strings on a Chapman Stick are numbered from 6-10 (on a 10-string instrument) and their pitch goes from the lowest on string 6, in 5ths, to the highest on string 10 - the reverse of both guitars & most fretted instruments. The "melody" strings on a Stick, are tuned from the lowest string 5 to the highest string 1 in 4ths, exactly like a guitar. Getting the notation and linked tablature to work for the "melody" strings is no problem. Getting things to behave for those "upside-down" bass strings is the "secret sauce".
While this attached file seems to work perfectly, I have not been able to duplicate this behavior. I would just blindly use it as a template, but unfortunately it is set up for a 12-string Stick, and Sticks are built with 8, 10 or 12 strings. Also, their are probably a dozen different tunings that are in common use, so I really would like to understand how this file was created so I can duplicate its functionality.
ANY help would be GREATLY appreciated.
PS - Note that the first two parts in this file are not linked (the two with the curly brackets). The parts with the square brackets are linked. Note that I'm also uploading a copy of this file into which I've entered note values for the "open" strings for one of the standard 6-string tunings that the original creator specified for this instrument. You'll see that for the bass-side strings, as the pitch increases, the string on which the tablature is notated moves to the string that is the next-lowest in it's position relative to the center of the instrument. I've also attached a photo of a Chapman Stick so this isn't quite so confusing.