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Postby bill_h » Sun Mar 03, 2013 1:15 pm

Will TablEdit do just basic chord grids with no tablature? If so I can't figure out how. If TablEdit will not just do basic chord grids does anyone know of any software that will? Any help appreciated.
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Re: TablEdit - chord grids

Postby Philharpn » Thu Mar 07, 2013 10:50 pm

TablEdit provides tab or staff with chord grids.

Use Command D to get the pull down menu from Edit for Chord Manager. This allows to you manually design your chord grid. If you have notation or tab numbers you can use the automatic chord function.

Check out the Chord Manager 3.4.2 - 3.4.4 in your manual. If you haven't downloaded and printed the 128-page manual, just print out the 7 pages that deal with the chord manager.

Either way you're stuck a blank tab staff or blank notation staff.

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Re: TablEdit

Postby Ray Bohlken » Thu Mar 07, 2013 11:20 pm

I posted the following in a response to a previous query from you. There is a chord diagram feature from this program. It is a free download.

Ray Bohlken wrote:I don't have TablEdit, so I can't speak about the chord diagram feature, however, there is a free tab editor called Powertab 1.7 that has that feature. Here is a link to the program and some TABs to play with and see if it works. When you install it, check out the menu of actions under Tab Symbols and you'll see Pick Strokes and can choose Up and Down. It is also under the menu option Rhy, Slashes. I haven't used this feature, though, so I don't know how well it works. It also has a Chord diagram list under Guitar in the menu at the top. Again, I've never used it, so I don't know if it works.
I hope this helps.

Here is the link to download it.
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Re: TablEdit

Postby ajbremer » Fri Mar 08, 2013 10:25 am

TablEdit does the chord grids and anything else you need. Here's some cool info about generating free and nice looking PDF tabs using TablEdit's free viewer:

I mainly use, create, and read tabs to figure out and get better at Chet and Jerry tunes. I have so many Chet books filled with tab that I hardly can't remember. Let's see, I have 7 books in front of me now, all Chet and all done by way of tab. These are the books:

Mel Bay Presents: Chet Atkins Plays Back Home Hymns (every tune tabbed from Chet's record)
Mel Bay's Complete Chet Atkins Guitar Method (comes with CD)
The Chet Atkins Collection by Craig Dobbins (one of the many Chet publications by Craig)
Chet Atkins C.G.P. - Almost Alone (all tunes tabbed from 'Alone')
Chet Atkins - Vintage Fingerstyle by Hal Leonard
The Best of Chet Atkins by Chad Johnson
Chet Atkins Contemporary Styles (transcribed by John Knowles & Dave Whitehill)
All of these are tabbed books that also have notation above the tab.

I have more Chet books than these in boxes somewhere around my place, I've been meaning to dig them all up soon. And then there's all the different Chet tabs on the web that can be downloaded.

I like the tab software called TablEdit the best, the demo version can be downloaded from there site over at:

I would say that among our 'Chet crowd', TablEdit is the most used tab software - at least that's my guess from years of searching Chet tabs online. Of course the pros who tab out Chet tunes like the ones who wrote the tab in the above mentioned books use much higher end software like Finale - it cost $600. For now I'm just talking about TablEdit because it is only 60 something bucks. In fact, you can actually get away with using the free demo version along with the free viewer. That Tabledit viewer is something to take note of if you want to use tabs but have decided NOT to spend any money.

Here's a cool tab fact about Tabledit that many people don't realize: TablEdit's demo has restrictions like: can't save files, only loads up 16 measures, will print tab but it has water-marks in the back ground. BUT here's the cool part - the absolutely free TablEdit Viewer found on their site here: is a must have tool. It'll not only load up the whole tune (more than 16 measures) and will play it anyway you like, but it can save the tab as a pdf file formatted anyway you like. And when you print it out there are no water marks. You can't get no better than to have a nicely tabbed out Chet tune as a PDF file (for your own personal use).

Last note: The last thing about many Chetpickers is that reading, editing, playing to, and printing tabs on the computer can be time consuming, tedious, and have a learning curve to overcome. BUT once you get used to it you have one of the best inexpensive tools there is to learn Chet tunes with.

There's much more to be said about tab softwares like TablEdit, Finale, Logic for the mac computer user, etc. but for now I mainly wanted ya'll to realize that 'save-as a pdf' capability of TablEdit's free viewer.
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Re: TablEdit

Postby bill_h » Sat Mar 09, 2013 11:48 pm

Thanks Phil. I'll give it a try. Thanks Ray for your input on both threads.

As far as stealing tabs from our friends John Knowles c.g.p. and Craig Dobbins, count me out! Those guys work hard to provide us with accurate transcriptions and deserve to be financially compensated!
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