Digital Sound & Music: Concepts, Applications, & Science, Chapter 3, last updated 6/25/2013
milliseconds. The manual for your specific software will give you its specific for time value of
You can edit events in an event list by changing the properties, and you can add and
delete events in this view. The event list is useful for fixing problems that you can’t see in the
other views. Sometimes data gets captured from your MIDI keyboard that shouldn’t be part of
your sequence. In the event list you can select the specific events that shouldn’t be there (like a
MIDI volume change or program change).
Figure 3.42 Event list view of melody of “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”
3.2.2 Tablature
Tablature (tab) is a common way of notating music when played on plucked string instruments.
Basic guitar tablature requires that the player be somewhat familiar with the song already. As
shown in Figure 3.43, guitar tabs use six lines like the regular music staff, but in this case, each
line represents one of the six guitar strings. The top line represents the high E string and the
bottom line represents the low E string. Numbers are then drawn on each line representing the
fret number to use for that note on that string. To play the song, every time you see a number,
you put your finger on that string at the fret number indicated and pluck that string. Simple
tablature doesn’t give any indication of how long to play each note, so you need to be familiar
with the song already. In some cases, the spacing of the numbers can give some indication of
rhythm and duration.
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