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GP6 - Deal with detuned guitars and transposition

The transposition settings you chose from your Stylesheet (F7) and your Track properties (F6) will impact your score in different ways depending of the options you chose.

In these four examples, we'll see how these options combined to your score settings will impact your transposed track.

 

Example 1:

Appropriate vocals key & impacted guitar notation

 

1_Appropriate-Vocals-key-impacted-guitar-notation.png

 

« Capo & shifted tunings impact on standard notation » is activated in the stylesheet.

Here we chose the right tune (5sharps, Bmajor) what will avoid wrong accidentals on both tracks.

But this is not the best choice for standard notation. Indeed, most guitarists are used to standard tuning for reading purpose.

As a result we use to play a written low E by simply playing the open low E string.

In this situation a low E have to be played on the first fret of the low E string, what obliges us to transpose the way we play compared to what we read.

Therefore it is more convenient to display a transposed notation for the guitar track, what will better match with the way we use to read our score.

 

Exemple 2:

Appropriate key with non impacted guitar notation

2_Appropriate-key-with-non-impacted-guitar-notation.png

 

« Capo & shifted tunings impact on standard notation » is disabled in the stylesheet.

The correct tune (5 sharps, Bmajor) has been set up based on the tune actually heard but accidentals are impacted in standard notation for the guitar track.

Indeed the key signature is correct for the vocal track but not for the guitar track.

 

Exemple 3:

Appropriate guitar key with non impacted guitar notation

3_Appropriate-guitar-key-with-non-impacted-guitar-notation.png

« Capo & shifted tunings impact on standard notation » is disabled in the stylesheet.

Settings benefits to the guitar track here.

The tone selected is in favor of the guitar track, transposed half step down (Bmajor, no accidental).

It avoids wrong accidentals in standard notation for the guitar track but not for the vocal track as the key signature is different as the tune actually heard.

 

Exemple 4:

Best choice, correct keys, non impacted guitar notation and transposition

 4_Correct-Vocals-key-non-impacted-guitar-notation-wtransposition.png

 

« Capo & shifted tunings impact on standard notation » is enabled in the stylesheet.

By using the track properties windows (F6), I indicate that I use a transposing instrument (the guitar being tuned half step down, a C written and played will be actually heard as a B ).

The correct tune is set up (5 sharps, B major) for the vocal track and thanks our transposing settings applied to the guitar track, we now have a correct key signature for each track, allowing us an easy reading and avoiding wrong accidentals

 

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