I’ve posted a few questions about using Dorico for electric guitar tab over the last year and I thought it would be useful to summarize what I’ve learned - to hopefully get the benefit of other electric guitar Dorico users as well as the experience of the seasoned users on this forum.
Attached are some snips from Mel Bay’s Classic Blues Licks for Electric Guitar. I chose this book at random as an example of something that covers some of the questions I’ve raised but also is at a beginner level so would definitely fit in the 80% part of an 80/20 solution for scoring electric guitar parts.
The snips attached are:
- The basic TAB guide given in the book - this is a far shorter summary than the TAB guides seen in more advanced books, of course
- Two lines that I’d like to reproduce in Dorico, taken from the first and most basic chapter of the book
When I’m trying to reproduce these in Dorico I’m coming at it from three angles:
- To attempt to imitate the original score (or an equally clear equivalent alternative)
- Ideally to enter the playing techniques in a way that will be compatible with future Dorico functionality of being able to play the TAB back
- To maintain consistency with other symbols and standard Dorico representations of guitar techniques
In other words, I’d first like to be able to reproduce graphically what is on the page, but I’d prefer to do it in a way that Dorico understands so that when the playback functionality is introduced in a future version, the TAB can be accurately played.
The key features that the two snippets include are:
- Stand alone bends, including quarter tone ‘blues bends’
- Slide in lines - coming from no defined note but understood to mean from a few frets down
- Extended wavy lines indicating a tremolo effect
- Notes starting from a prebend
I’d be very grateful for the advice of experienced Dorico users in reproducing these two passages. And I appreciate that the guitar features are still under development so some of these may require temporary workarounds or not yet be possible, but I hope would become standard features in future versions.