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FAQ
Tablatures and chord diagrams
Question : How do I set the automatic generation of tablature for a given instrument ?
 
In the staff pop-up menu (black triangle on the left of the clef ) select "Edit Tablature". Then select the type of instrument you want the tablature to be generated for (fretted instrument or harmonica), and select your instrument more precisely in the pop-up menu or in the list.
For harmonica, you can also choose the base note.
 
Tip : 
 instead of using the staff pop-up menu, you can click on the little 'Tab' icon in the staff margin.
 
 
Question : I have a guitar tablature linked to a staff. When I insert a note on the tablature, the software computes the fingering and changes the string and fret number of this note. How can I avoid this ?
 
Create a "Tablature" staff (or change the type of staff using the options in the staff context menu).
You can then directly insert string and fret information without having it recalculated.
To go faster, click on the tablature staff with the shift key down: a pop-up menu suggests the fret number.
 
Question :  I asked for a guitar tablature calculation, but the processing time is too long and my computer hangs. How can I cancel it?
 
You can interrupt the tablature calculation by pressing Command (Ctrl on PC) and clicking with the mouse at the same time.
Question :  I want to tune my guitar in an "Open tuning". Can I generate tablature for this tuning? 
or: I play banjo, balalaika, etc. Can I calculate tablature for these instruments?
 
Of course. Several tunings are predefined, but you can define your own by clicking "Other" in the tablature options edit window.
Question : How do I use guitar chord diagrams ?
 
In the software, a chord diagram is a chord drawing for the guitarist. It gives, for each chord, the position of the left hand on the neck. For example, here is the chord diagram for C major.

The software has a chord diagram database that you can modify and add to.

Chord diagrams can be displayed and printed automatically above any staff , giving the chord to play to be in harmony with the notes in the staff.
You can insert a chord diagram at any point thanks to the chord diagram tool in the Miscellaneous palette.

You can move a chord diagram by clicking and dragging it.
You can change its size by clicking on its bottom-right and distorting it.
You can delete it with the delete tool.
You can edit it by double-clicking it.

Tip : 
The chord diagrams are stored in a separate file named "ACCGUIT.DAT". 
This file is located in the preferences folder so that it is preserved should you install a new software version.
Its access path is: 
On the PC: c:\windows\acampref\harmpref
On the Macintosh: System folder:Preferences:Harmony preferences
If you work on several different computers, you must copy this file to all of them to keep your defined chord diagrams the same.
 
Question : How can I build my own chord diagram library?
 
Chord diagrams are defined via the "Option/Edit guitar chord diagram" menu item.
You can equally use this function to understand how chords are built up.
When you ask for chord diagrams to be displayed above staves or in the chord diagram grid, the chord is looked up in the list of chords defined in the database file.
 
 

Most common chords are already defined, as are some others,so be sure you know what you are doing if you modify them..
 
In the center of the window is the current chord. The guitar neck is displayed vertically, the low E on the left and the high E on the right. The black dots indicate that a finger is stopping the string at this fret position. The black bars indicate that several strings are stopped by the same finger.This is called a barre. It may be a full barre covering all 6 strings, or a half-barre covering only two or more of them. Either way it is usually made with the index finger.

Above each string, you can specify which finger is used to stop the string:
0 = open string
1 = fore or index finger
2=middle finger
3=ring finger
4=little finger
X = this string is not played.

To the right of the grid you can specify which fret on the guitar corresponds to the first fret shown in the diagram.
For each string, below the chord diagram is displayed the resulting note (A to G) and its position in the chord:
F = fundamental: The root note of the chord. For example, in a chord of C7, the fundamental is C.
The other notes in the chord are named according to the interval between them and the fundamental.
 

 

Semitone offset Name Meaning
0 T or F fundamental (root)
1 9- diminished ninth
2 9(2) ninth or second
3 3m minor third
4 3 third
5 4 fourth
6 5- diminished fifth
7 5 fifth
8 5+ augmented fifth
9 6 sixth
10 7 seventh (minor)
11 7M major seventh
If a note that is not a part of the desired chord appears in your diagram, it is displayed in reversed colours.

By default, chords are only available up to the seventh. To define a more complex chord, you must break the link between the chord name and its components. The name of such a chord is preceded by a '*' symbol in the chord list.

To change the current chord, click in the chord list on the right of the window.

The "Add" button adds a new chord to the chord list. The "Delete" button deletes the current chord.
The "Try" button plays the current chord. The instrument and output device used are those of the first active staff of your document.

To change the chord name, click on the "Rename" button. Several chord diagrams can be defined for a single chord. While searching for the chord to be displayed on the score, Harmony gives priority to the one whose "Preferred" check box is ticked.

The "Transposable" check box indicates that the chord can be moved along the neck to obtain another chord (such a chord must not have open strings).
 
 

 
Tip : 
To print the whole chord list, select the menu item "File>Print". You will then have to hand all the different ways of playing the chords. 
 


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