Guitar Pro 7 has many features and editing options to create and layout your scores in a few clicks. Once mastered, these 10 tips will save you time and allow you to customize your scores, collections, and exercises.
Before you start, it is important to know that most of the configuration elements of the layout of your score are available in the Stylesheet (File > Stylesheet…). An Open… button (Stylesheet) is also available in the Inspector located on the right side of the screen.
1 – Add your personal touch
By default, 3 styles are available in Guitar Pro in the Stylesheet window: Rock, Classic and Jazz (Options button > Apply style…). You can configure your own style, save and share it. You can import new fonts, format the text (change the font, size, add bold, italics) and change the alignment of the header/footer texts. Please note that if you use a custom font, it will only work with the computer on which you installed it.
2 – Complete the song information
You can edit a maximum of information on your score in the right Inspector > INFORMATION. Don’t forget to click on the More button to display all the entries possible: Title, artist, album, copyright…
For each entry, use Control + Enter keys to add lines and add emojis like this one: 🎸
You can also set some default information so that it is automatically added when creating a new file in Preferences… > My information.
3 – Define a fix bar count per system and use the same size for all bars
This feature allows you to automatically set the number of bars per system and to keep the same size of all the bars if you need to.
There are two ways to access it: right click on the score > Bar > System Layout > Score System Layout.
4 – Use brackets
Brackets bring visibility to the score and are widely used in classical scores or score collections (songbooks). You can find this option in the Stylesheet > Systems and Staves > Brackets.
They can be used to group staves of the same instrument (tablature and standard notation for a guitar) or to group instruments of the same family in multi-track playback when several instrument staves are displayed at the same time (View > Multitrack).
5 – Display chord diagrams
- Chord window (use the A key of your keyboard or click on a chord on the score)
In the Display Options, you can choose to display for each chord individually: the chord name, diagram, and fingering. Right click on the fingering to modify them.
- Stylesheet > Page&Format > Chord Diagrams
You can set the size of the diagrams and choose to display them on top of the score or above the tablature.
6 – Group empty bars
To gain visibility and limit the number of pages when printing, it is possible when there are several empty measurements or silences (rests, double whole rest …) to group them together with a measuring stick. To do this, click on Bar > Multirest or use the shortcut Control + R.
7 – Use repeat symbols
To lighten the edition of the score, you can use the repeat symbols: Repeat One Bar (Shift + %) or Repeat two bars (Shift + Command + %) which are situated at the top of the Edition Palette.
These symbols mean that the content of the bars is the same as the previous bar or the same as the two previous ones and that they are repeated twice.
8 – Add the fingering (left and right hands)
- In the Stylesheet > Notation > Fingerings
Choose to place your fingering before, above or below the staff and the tablature for both hands.
- Choose two fingering display options: For the left hand: T1234 or P1234 (French notation).
For the right hand: pimac, pimax, pimae or timao.
9 – Add free text, lyrics, and sections
- Free text: it allows you to edit a text where you want in the score.
Use the T key of your keyboard edit your text. This text can be in a multiline format using the keys: Control + Enter.
- Lyrics can be added to your scores. To do this, you must click on the Lyrics button accessible in the Edition Palette. To discover the many possibilities of text formatting, we invite you to consult our user guide.
Little tip: you can indicate the sections, the name of the person singing or any other relevant information in your lyrics by using brackets like this [Chorus]. The brackets allow you to have the information in the lyrics input field but not in the score.
- The sections allow you to organize the structure of your score and indicate where the intro, verse, chorus, bridge, the solo are located. To access it, click on the menu Section > Edit… You can choose to indicate your sections with a letter (A), a name (Verse) and to frame the name of the section to make it more visible by adding brackets to your section name like this [Verse].
10 – Improve the readability and the deciphering of your scores
- Put the tuning before the tablature.
This helps to memorize the name of the strings and their order. This option is situated in the Stylesheet > Page & Format > Tuning > Display tuning > Position > Before Tablature.
- Display the note obtained after a bend on the staff.
When you make a bend you get a second higher note, and this option allows you to view the note on the staff. This helps to better understand the amplitude of the bend and the interval between these two notes.
( Stylesheet > Notation > SYMBOLS > Display real pitch of heard notes for bend effects in standard notation).
- Increase the global proportions of your score and thus make reading easier and more enjoyable for short scores or exercises. This setting is available in the Stylesheet > Page & Format > Sizes > Global score proportions.
- Increase the rhythmic proportions to space the notes according to their time value. The shorter the note, the closer it will be to the next note. The default display leaves the same space between each note.
For example, the second note of a double-dotted eighth note will be more spaced and placed as close as possible to the next beat. Choose these options in the Stylesheet > Pages & Format > Sizes > Rhythm proportions.
- Colour the different voices. In arpeggios, fingerstyle, or fingerpicking, polyphony can sometimes seem unreadable. This option puts a little color in your recordings by displaying the accompaniment, theme, and basses in different colors in case these parts have been edited in several voices.
It’s up to you now!
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