Power Tab Editor

06 Jun
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Power Tab Editor is a free tablature authoring tool created by Brad Larsen for Windows. It is used to create guitar, bass and ukulele tablature scores, among many others. The current version uses the *.ptb file format.
The Power Tab Editor is able to import MIDI tracks, and can export to ASCII Text, HTML, and MIDI formats. In addition, individual sections may be exported as bitmap files.
The program allows for tablature scores to be created alongside standard musical notation. The software achieves this through the input of tablature.
Each Power Tab file contains two scores: guitar and bass. Only one score needs to be used for a Power Tab file. For proper playback, it is required that the time signatures and tempo markers be consistent between the two scores.

Operating systems: Windows Me, Windows 98, Windows 95, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows NT

Power Tab Editor is a tablature authoring tool for the Windows operating system. It is intended to be used to create guitar sheet music, more commonly known to musicians as guitar tablature and bass tablature (aka guitar tab/bass tab). The program provides the most commonly used symbols in tablature, including chord names, chord diagrams, rhythm slashes, bends, slides, hammer-ons/pull-offs, harmonics and palm muting. A useful piece of software for people who want to learn how to play guitar, and for experienced guitarists who want to transcribe their own music and/or guitar lessons. The software can be used by both acoustic and electric guitar players alike.

The software primarily uses tablature notation entry. This is very useful for guitarists who are not familiar with standard notation and for instructing proper positioning on the neck. Other than the expected buttons for normal notation (i.e. time signature, tempo markers, etc.), there are many others that are directed more at the guitarist. These include:
Slurs – in the form of slides or hammer-ons/pull-offs
Vibratos and bends
Harmonics – natural and artificial
Mutes and palm mutes
Tremolos and arpeggiated chords
Whammy bar dips and dives
These buttons can be used in either score and the guitar and bass scores are not restricted to the clef, either. It is possible to switch between treble and bass clefs.

Power Tab also features several tools to enhance appearance, accuracy and playback for the transcribed music;
Score checker – this checks that there are no notation errors in the score
Score polisher – this aligns (“justifies”) the written music so that it is evenly laid out with no gaps
Chord Identification – this tells you the possible names for the chords entered into Power Tab
Shifter tool – this moves groups of notes, whether chords or a melody, in pitch or around the fingerboard (maintaining pitch)
Tonality tools – gives the key signatures that fit best with the music entered
Chord/Tuning dictionary.

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