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    Default Ukulele tab and notation software

    Hello gang!! I'm am currently transposing some of my Celtic music for guitar over to ukulele. I am wanting to know what notation / tab software you all are using. It would be great if I could enter in the notation and the software recommends a tab for it, that the user could edit as seen fit. Freeware is always nice, but I doubt this feature would fall into the free category. Whatcha all using? Thanks!

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    Is there a platform you are looking for?

    I do most of my work these days on Notion (Mac/Win and iPad). All the big notation programs can do it (Finale, Sibelius, Dorico) as well as the free MuseScore. I think the “traditional” approach is Guitar Pro...also just saw TuxGuitar as freeware as well.
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    Thanks Choirguy - yes, Windows. Thanks for the suggestions. I know about GuitarPro 6, and think it's a great tool. I was hoping to find some freeware and you listed some I will look into - thanks!

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    Thank you for this, Campbell! Very nice arrangement!!

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    My money is on Musescore moving forward. Lots more flexibility for creating variations and sheets more useful for teaching classes than "just tab." Kind of a learning curve, for sure. But that's freeware.

    Up to now I've used GP6. Fast, easy, but it's not always easy to format it nicely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hippie Guy View Post
    My money is on Musescore moving forward. Lots more flexibility for creating variations and sheets more useful for teaching classes than "just tab." Kind of a learning curve, for sure. But that's freeware.
    +1 for Musescore.

    It can do all the things mentioned above (standard notation, standard notation plus tab or tab only, midi files & PDFs) without the hefty price tag. The learning curve isn't so bad (I think it's more difficult to unlearn habits from other music programs) but if you need help with ms there is a series of YouTube videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZ4k...9JULQ-0CH8KpUk and a printed guide: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1508621683/
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    Thanks for the replies, everyone! I am going to give Musescore a try - nothing to loose here I appreciate the assistance!!

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    You might also take a look at Tabledit, although now that I look at MuseScore that might be a much better choice.
    Last edited by Uke Don; 01-22-2018 at 06:01 PM.

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    Imwas going to suggest Tux Guitar but I've started using MuseScore recently and I'm well impressed with it. I've not tried creating tab with it as I work from standard notation and rarely use tab. Maybe I should have a look as I sometimes create little fragments of tab for riffs or copy tab fragments to get standard notation something I've used Tux Guitar for in the past.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Camsuke View Post
    Guitar Pro is the best I've used and it's quite user friendly. You can write songs using standard notation, standard notation plus tab or tab only. It also creates midi files & PDFs.

    I also love playing Celtic tunes on the guitar & ukulele, here's "Si Bheag Si Mhor" that I tabbed using GP6, there's a link to the tab in the video description at YT.

    Wow, that was beautiful! I sure wish I could play as well as you.
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