Arpeggio and strum offsets in TAB not saved

• Jul 16, 2015 - 18:41
S3 - Major

(Nightly: 096e59f). See attached file:

In TAB, the following symbols (at least) from the arpeggio and glissando palette do not save offset positions (seems to be OK in staff): arpeggio, arpeggio up, arpeggio down, half barre (in TAB), up and down strum arrows.

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Cause is a missing _arpeggio->adjustReadPos() call in layoutTablature. At least, that's the case for the actual arpeggio symbols (first six on Arpeggios & Glissandi palette. Not sure what a "half barre" is?

I can fix the arpeggios easily enough, but still need to know what the other symbol you mention is. Could you explain what you mean by "half barre"?

Half barré: read "Behind Bars" (Gould) p. 376, paragraph "Barré"

ie: "Grand barré is the term used for the covering of four, five or all six strings. It is distinguished from the half barré, which covers three or fewer strings, as follows" etc.

[...] "A vertical bracket may precede a chord to indicate how many strings the first finger stops"

This vertical bracket is very often used in the published scores for guitar for indicate this precisely: "how many strings the first finger stops": two strings in this case (it is the most
common use)
" A vertical bracket accompanied by a fingering numeral indicates the use of the same finger across two strings (see following example, bar 2, last chord" (in parenthesis, the use of this bracket to indicate a barré, first chord, bar 3, is really less common)

In summary, it is a simplified way to indicate a short or partial (or "half" by sense extension) barré performed by the first finger essentially.

So, many (or rather all!) guitarists thinks that this sign (the vertical bracket in the palette "Arpeggios & Glissandis) is made for them, and that it is not at the right place! For it is true that this arpeggio noted in this way is now uncommon.

Anyway, guitarists have not given up it! It works very well indeed for this purpose. Just disable "Play" in the Inspector to get a "real" half/partial barré (without the playback, so). And then it can be reused as a line (for example, as a text line which indicates a grand barré ) in another palette.