has an integrated palette for creating autoharp
tab based on a melody notated on a standard
1. Notate the melody on the main staff as
you ordinarily would.
2. To access the Autoharp Tab palette,
3. Select the staff that contains the
melody, then click "Create TAB" and voila!
You will see a new staff that has blue rests
corresponding to each note on the main staff.
4. To insert a tab symbol, choose it from
the palette, then click on the rest in the tab
staff that corresponds to the note in the main
staff to which the tab should apply.
5. Many of the tab symbols are
"pitch-sensitive" -- they will attach themselves
to the staff in the position that indicates the
pitch of the note to which the rest corresponds.
To adjust the positions or sizes of the
various symbols, edit them as you would any other
"ornament". Click on the "select" tool, then
double-click the tab symbol to open the "Note
Options" palette. Select the "Effects" tab
if it's not already selected and adjust the tab
symbol position and size as needed. See
below for additional tricks and tips.
6. After you have finished creating your
tab, click "Hide Rests" checkbox and voila!
The blue rests disappear, leaving nothing but
beautiful autoharp tab.
1. The "bracket" tab symbol is a modified "slur"
that behaves just like a standard slur. It can be
re-sized by dragging the three "grab nodes" that
appear when you are in "select" mode and move the
cursor over the symbol, or re-positioned by grabbing
the entire symbol (away from a grab node but inside
of the symbol border) and dragging. To adjust the
position and size of the bracket more easily, try
zooming in to 200%.
2. The "bracket" has several different types
of "appearance". It doubles as both the
squiggly "slide" symbol and the "dotted
bracket". To change the bracket appearance,
double-click on the bracket symbol to open the"Note
Options" palette, select the "Slur" tab (if it is
not already selected) and use the "Bracket
3. If you are changing the size of a symbol,
do not forget to select it in the text box before
choosing the new size. Changes in this mode
only apply to text that is selected, so if you do
not select the symbol, it will seem that no change
has been made.
4. There is no practical limit to the number of tab
symbols that can be attached to each blue
rest. This is very useful if you need to
create a "wide pinch" or other special notation that
may require a combination of several symbols.
Just attach the symbols you need and drag them to
the proper location (or edit the position using the
"Note Options" palette) if the standard position is
5. Sometimes you may find that you have
written out the notes on the main staff and started
to create your tab, but then need to add a measure
on the main staff or change the timing of some
notes. The tab staff will not automatically
change when you make a change to the main
staff. To adjust the blue rests to match the
revised main staff, click "Adjust TAB" on the
autoharp tab template and once more voila! The
blue rests will match up to the revised notation in
your standard staff. You may have to re-adjust
some of the tab symbols previously inserted, but
most should relocate automatically.