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#1
I was gunna put this in a different forum, but all the people like scheck, Goverman, Big Sur Moon, and all you other bastards that rule at Powertab end up reading here... so....

What I was wondering is is there an online guide on how to use powertab... I've figured out some on my own, but I really wanna learn how to insert "let rings" and fades and crap like that that I cant do now for some reason... If someone could either give me some tips on how to use Powertab or direct me to an online guide, your help would be GREATLY appreciated...

thanks-- a UG noob in distress
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#2
hey, where do you live in colorado springs?

anyhoo, you have to hit the button that looks like a sideways V,
to the right of the fade button and then you choose starting and ending volume.
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#3
thanks, but now I have another question after screwing around with PTB for awhile...

How do you get 2 parts to play in unison... I figured out how to use 2 seperate guitars to play the parts, but not how to play them in unison... please help me...
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#4
like a harmony part?

you need to make 2 staffs in one section


so

gtr 1
-------------------------------------------------

gtr 2
--------------------------------------------------


then you need to put guitar ins on both staffs

you add a guitar in by going to the guitar menu

if you only have one guitar, then you make another one by going to setup on the same menu and clicking the red guitar

if you just want 2 guitars to play the same thing,

add 2 guitar ins, just on the same space


gtrs 1, 2
-------------------------------------------------------
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#5
Ok I think I understand... I inserted a whole new section... not a staff... cuz I'm a full and complete retard... Also, I'm not very good with music period, So if someone with a kind heart wants to explain to me the simple way to understand what a time signature means... like I understand beats per measure, but I don't really get what the other number tells you... so please help... I've been playing guitar for 9 months and I don't know this... I'm screwed
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#6
Well, i understand it but can't exactly explain it. My best guess would be to check musicians talk and post a question about it in there. there are plenty of knowledgable guys who will explain it thoroughly for ya there.

My other guess would be to get guitar lessons just for a while. I didn't think I needed lessons but my parents made me and it actually helped me out a lot. Just enough to get a basic introduction to reading music, scales and soloing etc, is all you need, i'm not suggesting you follow them religiously, but if you can find a decent teacher than it'd be worthwhile.
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#7
yeah, I've been thinking about that, but most of the teachers that I've looked into have seen like the really gay kind that take crap way too slow so they can milk you for your $$ you know? but yea, I really need to learn some theory, I know some, like some scales and crap... but I want to be like Deftone, knowing more than I ever need to
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#8
Ah? the time signature question

The top number is how many beats in a measure; you know that already apparently. The bottom number is what value note it is. Most of the time this will be a 4, representing that each quarter note = 1 beat. Sometimes you'll see 8, meaning each eighth note is 1 beat. The only numbers you'll see on the bottom are 2, 4, 8, and 16. It's possible for it to be 32, 64, and on and on but seriously, who conducts 32nd notes?

Sometimes you'll see odd time signatures such as 17/16, which means 17 sixteenth notes per measure.

Hope this covers it
#9
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ermmm... thanks... also if anyone can tell me how to do "let ring" thingys on Powertab it would be greatly appreciated....!
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#11
and let rings, you just take the notes that you want to let ring, and then push the let ring button.

if you are talking about tying notes, you just push "y"

or the button with two notes and a line between them on it.
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#12
where is the let ring button... I looked next to the volume swell, the dynamic, underneath where all the hammer-on/pulloff business is.... help me I'm a retard...
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#13
its on the bottom in the middle. it says "let ring"
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#14
I have another question... how do you do mutes... not palm mutes... but like in regular tab when you put x's on the strings... I tried hitting x and it doesn't work so please help me...

In case you don't understand, I'm asking how to do this in PTB:

e----
B----
G----
D-x--
A-x--
E-x--
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#15
um, you put your hand over the strings...

jk

there's a button on the bottom right that has an X note on it. you select the note with the blue curser and then push the botton in. the note will change to a mute note.
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#16
this one isn't powertab related at all, but I know I'd get hell for asking it... what string is the root on of the powerchord that I and everyone else overuses... I mean this type...

e-------------
B-------------
G-------------
D---5--------
A---5--------
E---3--------
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#17
Oh, hey scheck, you asked awhile back and I just now read it... I live in Peregrine... up north, west of I-25 in case you don't know where that is...
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#18
the root is on the E and D strings.

the fifth is the note above that on the A string.
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#19
Originally posted by MadMudgeN
I have another question... how do you do mutes... not palm mutes... but like in regular tab when you put x's on the strings... I tried hitting x and it doesn't work so please help me...

In case you don't understand, I'm asking how to do this in PTB:

e----
B----
G----
D-x--
A-x--
E-x--

Just pressing x does work.

I just want to sleep forever.


#21
another question... I'm using ****ty ass winzip v 7.0 and it doesn't want to let me zip the powertab file that I want to post on the forums so you all can make fun of me... so if someone can post a winzip that I can download in here or help me with it on 7.0 please do... I want you all to hear my ****ty intro...
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#22
try right clicking on the file you want to zip, then click send to...and then there should be a "compressed folder" option.

I don't know what window's you have and which version it doesn't do it on, but try it.
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#23
I'm thinking of cleaning this thread up a little and "stickying" it... after the contests are over.

So post any really good info you have on how PTab works.

#25
scheck... thanks... it worked...
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#26
Originally posted by scheck006
bill, do you have powertab?


No, but after reading every freakin' post in here (its a mod's life... lol) I find the idea very intriguing to say the least.

I write sheet music (notation) for a number of small things. I make a few $$ on the side writing and/or recording backing music for local television commercials. I make anywhere from 6 to 10 - 30 second songs a year and I even get referrals, so it all works out fairly well.

Anyway, I just thought that PTab seems like another tool that I might have a use for. I suppose that I'll be downloading it and seeing what its like. From what I'm reading... its not like notation, where you can write codas or fortissmo... whatever... but you get "button" controls to change things around.

Can you control songs in PTab down to such a fine line... just as I can when I'm writing?
#27
you add the notes in tab, but it also places the notes in standard notation above. It takes a while to figure out, but it has everything a keyboard composing program does. All the musical direction, codas, D.S, D.C etc...

You can change time signatures quite easily, tempo is pretty simple too. Dynamics are a little wierd, so I tend not to use them a whole lot...I don't think it matters much in powertab, i mainly just make everything audible...As well as that, its got the guitar related stuff, like slides, harmonics and taps...

I think it'd be best for you to just download it and try it out...I mean, worst comes to worse...you don't like it and you delete it?
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#28
ok, question on PTB is there any way to copy and paste measures? this is the second time I'm posting this, lol, but I figure here would be more appropriate
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#30
i have a question...how do i change the sound on PT? because i hate the synthesizer type sound that it plays your tabbs in and i would like to change it if possible. help if you can
#32
click the little red guitar on the top right of the screen and another little window will pop up, then change the type of guitar. then click ok.
#33
if your computer has more than one midi card you can change the sound by going to the midi menu at the top of the page and clicking midi setup.
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#34
it wont let me post my Power tab song i wrote, it says its an invalid file type and whatnot, but i dont know what to do to fix it, please help
#37
*promps "radiating eyes" to read this page from the top*
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