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## Re: adding other numbering systems to the LilyPond TAB score function

 From: Thomas Morley Subject: Re: adding other numbering systems to the LilyPond TAB score function Date: Wed, 2 Jan 2019 00:36:16 +0100

```Am So., 30. Dez. 2018 um 18:51 Uhr schrieb BLAINE SCOTT
>
>  I've looked over the Learning manual and found the custom tabulatures note
> on page 331 answered my question as to how a clef/TABstaff was generated. I
> was interested to see that LilyPond has predefined string tunings for violin,
> viola, cello and DB. I'm anticipating that the numbers on the TABstaff are
> the 'fret' numbers, for the violin/viola/cello, similar to the mandolin fret
> numbers.
>  I'm hoping that the numbers used for unfretted string instruments could be
> altered to match the system I'm using. The pitch of each note and string
> remains the same but my system avoids the fret number problem on the
> violin/viola/cello; one where the TAB fret numbers have no practical
> reference for students gaining accuracy in finger placement.
> The numbering system for the violin/viola, treble/alto clefs I've developed
> uses 0-4 to indicate what fingers of the left hand are used. The open string
> note uses the numeral 0. The 1 fret is indicated by the number 1 and what
> looks like a 0 exponent with it because the 1st finger is placed close to the
> nut of the instrument where the "Open" position is. The 2nd fret is given the
> number 1 (for the first finger), the 3rd fret is given the number 2 with an
> exponent 1(meaning that it is the 2nd finger near [in front of] the 1 finger
> position) the 4th fret is given the number 2 with the exponent 3 (meaning the
> 2nd finger is placed behind the 3 finger position), the 5th fret is given the
> number 3 alone. The 6th fret is a 3 with the exponent 4 added to it. The 4th
> finger (7th fret) plays the same note as the next string.This does limit the
> use of this numbering system to the Open and First finger positions however,
> by the time my students have mastered all the Open keys they have the
> technical skills to more quickly pick up the shift to clef only score reading.
>  I use three strips of tape on the fingerboard of their violin/viola or cello
> at the 1st finger position, the 2nd near the 3 finger position and at the 3rd
> finger position.
> The numbering system above is placed on a 4 line TAB score. The treble and
> alto clef are used as the music line above each TAB line for later reference
> and initial theory introduction for violin and viola. These numbers then
> provide direction for what finger goes where on the fingerboard.  The Cello
> bass clef version of the TAB line uses only the numbers 0-4, not requiring
> the exponent looking number.
>
> Could a version of LilyPond be adapted so that the string orchestra
> instruments could use the alternate numbering systems described above for the
> same note pitches and positions on the fingerboards.
> I look forward to any comment the LilyPond development community can provide,
> particularly where the code section is located for the TABscore numbering
> systems. I hope to be able to add my violin, viola and cello numbered TAB
> versions to what LilyPond can provide or find a code maker who could insert
> the specific adaptions to the TABscores I am discussing.
> Sincerely,
> Blaine Matthew ScottSistema Huronia music teacherMidland ON Canada

Hi,

I don't understand how it should look.

Is this post of any help?
http://lilypond.1069038.n5.nabble.com/Custom-tabulature-for-Shamisen-td218454.html#a218458
You would need to replace the signs in 'my-signs' with your own.

Cheers,
Harm

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