[LAU] Are there Guitar Tab Editors supporting uneven time signatures?

Grammostola Rosea rosea.grammostola at gmail.com
Fri Feb 13 15:40:45 EST 2009

Viktor Mastoridis wrote:
> Hello to all,
> I play bouzouki and guitar and most of my music repertoire is in 
> (Eastern European) uneven time signatures (5/8, 7/8, 9/8 etc).
> I was trying to write Guitar/Bouzouki tablature/notation of this music 
> on Linux in the past but without much success.
> The main (hidden) problem with these rhythms is the grouping of notes, 
> i.e.
> 5/8 can be 2+3/8 or 3+2/8,
> 7/8 is 2+2+3/8 or 3+2+2/8 etc...
> Thus the grouping of the notes needs to reflect this fact as it is 
> essential for the performer.
> My experience so far:
> Songwite, Gnometab and Kguitar don't support this feature.
> Lilypond - great for output, covers almost all needs, but grouping has 
> to be done bar-by-bar which is really time consuming. Chords are not 
> supported well for now (name and display)
> TuxGuitar is amazingly easy for note input, but it doesn't support 
> note grouping as well. I requested this feature on their forum some 
> time ago but no response from the developers so far
> Exporting Tuxguitar to Lilypond is what I use at moment, but for a 
> longer instrumentals in 9/8 with say, two bouzoukia, it takes days to 
> edit/produce a clear tablature/notation.
> Any suggestions on this will be greatly appreciated.
> Viktor

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> Anyone who would like to be involved in documenting/discussing 
> features missing from LilyPond's guitar tab support, please send me an 
> off-list email at the following address:
> dstocker at thenotesetter.com
> When we have a list of around 10-15 specific items, we can then 
> prioritize and start to talk about sponsorship of features and then 
> send a proposal to -devel.
> Thanks,
> Dave 

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