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[TUTO] 10 Tips to give a professional look to your scores in Guitar Pro

[TUTO] 10 Tips to give a professional look to your scores in Guitar Pro

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!

What features did you find most useful? How can we improve the edition of Guitar Pro? Don’t forget to share your thoughts with us by leaving a comment.

If you have any questions about Guitar Pro, please feel free to consult our user guide or contact us.

 

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27 comments
  1. Matti - January 5, 2019 at 12:45 pm

    Hello
    Is it in GuitarPro 7 Finnish language to get ?

  2. Javier - January 5, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    Me paree que tiene lo disponible para hacer un buen trabajo..

  3. Jason - January 5, 2019 at 2:20 pm

    Great tips. What would be awesome is the ability to hide instruments when they tacet in a multitrack score so you don’t have empty measures taking up page space. This is especially true if you want to print your scores.

  4. William Lockard - January 5, 2019 at 5:24 pm

    Thank you so much! This is great. Keep it up. A series of demo’s for the beginner/novice would really help get new-comers to this program up and running very quickly.

  5. Linda - January 5, 2019 at 8:51 pm

    Is there a ukulele version for creating score sheets?

  6. Ken E Robinson - January 5, 2019 at 9:03 pm

    I am taking private guitar lessons. I type into Guitar Pro the music I should learn for next week. By listening and following the tabs I find it a lot easier to understand how to play the exercise. I learn more faster than I would just taking lessons.

  7. Harry Peller - January 6, 2019 at 12:26 pm

    I need to make lead sheets in standard notation and need slashes for rhythm parts.
    at the moment they are only available in tablature notation.

    love guitar pro, thanx for your great work
    best regards harry

  8. Guido Duclos - January 7, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    I miss the option of no measures, no bar lines, free in time signuter, like you find in the free fandangos, tarantas, granainas etc. in flamenco music. It’s impossible tu write this stile with fixer time signuteres. Also the option of poly rhyme , regularly chance of 6/8 and 3/4 for Bulerias Alegria Soleares writing. The 8gths notes will be differently gropet in 3/4 or 6/8 signuteres to look wright and professional !
    Thank you

  9. Thomas Duflos - January 8, 2019 at 10:47 am

    Hi Guido, thank you for your suggestions, I sent them as a suggestion for future improvements. Thanks

  10. Thomas Duflos - January 8, 2019 at 11:04 am

    Hi Harry, thank you for your suggestion and your kind comment 👍.

  11. Thomas Duflos - January 8, 2019 at 11:07 am

    Hi Matti, sorry this language is not available, but I have sent a suggestion to our dev team, thanks.

  12. Thomas Duflos - January 8, 2019 at 11:12 am

    Hi Jason, thank you for your suggestion!

  13. Thomas Duflos - January 8, 2019 at 11:35 am

    Hi Linda, yes you can edit scores for ukuleles in Guitar Pro 7. Thanks

  14. steve slade - January 11, 2019 at 2:29 am

    Is there any way to make the Lyrics BIGGER when you enter them in the edition pallette? They are very small and hard on the eyes if you need to edit.
    I know how to make them bigger in the stylesheet, but not on the intial entry.

    thanks

  15. Thomas Duflos - January 15, 2019 at 10:11 am

    Hi Steve, yes the only way to change the size of the lyrics is to change their size in the stylesheet indeed. Sorry. Thank you for contacting us.

  16. Dr. Ted - January 18, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    How do I hide inactive portions of a track to optimize the PDF? I only see how to display or hide the ENTIRE track. I only want to hide portions of the track where there are multiple rests (e.g. the second guitar comes in much later from the start of the song)

  17. Thomas Duflos - January 24, 2019 at 10:23 am

    Hi, thank you for your suggestion; I sent it to our dev team.

  18. Andrew Thompson - January 28, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    Is it possible to start a track/score on lead-in note without using rests to precede it?

  19. Thomas Duflos - January 31, 2019 at 10:27 am

    Hi Andrew, yes you can. The feature is called “Anacrusis” (Pick up Bar).
    Just click on your first bar and then: Bar>Anacrousis.
    If you need help with that, please contact our support here: goo.gl/tq6163.
    Thanks

  20. Juha Aitakangas - March 1, 2019 at 7:33 am

    Hi, I have a problem creating my own stylesheet. Lets say i want to make template where global score proportion is 1,63 instead of 1,5 and i change few other things like size of the chord name and so on…When i save this new style by using save as template or save style ,it will be saved but when i open this particular file nothing is like it should be…score position is back to 1,5 and so on

  21. linda - March 19, 2019 at 11:15 am

    Hello, can you please contact our support team for help: https://support.guitar-pro.com/hc/en-us/requests/new

  22. Jack Shit - April 6, 2019 at 12:07 am

    Dear Arobas Music,

    When do you plan to get rid of your actual RSE technology and make more professional one?

    I do like your software and use it a lot. But RSE sounds completely like говно, especially when it comes to metal and such.
    Now’s the version 7.5.2 and OMG guitars (bass and drums too, though) sound like пластмасса all the same.

    Take the AME2, for example. It sounds pretty awesome (and even has the tab player of its own).
    Guess not only me want GP sounding just as good.

    Hope you’ll do it sooner or very sooner. It’s 2019, after all.

    Also, I REEEELEY need free time signatures. I agree with Guido Duclos.

    All the best.

  23. Cliff Roberts - April 7, 2019 at 9:32 am

    Hi, I would really like to be able to save certain “Chord Libraries” instead of having to create a new one each and every time with the same chords! There are, for example, a lot of particular voicings used in Gypsy Jazz that are used in a large portion of all the tunes. So if I created a library of all my favorite voicings that I could save and always have access to that would be great! Also, let’s say I wanted to create a number of exercises using the circle of fifths, but with different rhythms etc. Then I could just pull up my “Circle of Fifths” Chord Library and get started. instead of having to put in all the chords each and every time!!! PLEASE!!!! This would make things a LOT easier!!! THANKS!!!

  24. Thomas Duflos - April 9, 2019 at 10:48 am

    Hi Cliff, you can save your “chord library” if you save your project as a template. File > Save as template. I hope that it will help you. Thank you for contacting us.

  25. Thomas Duflos - April 11, 2019 at 8:53 am

    Hi, thank you very much for your suggestion. I have sent it to our dev team. You can directly contact our support here if you have other suggestions: goo.gl/tq6163. Thank you.

  26. Spencer Gay - April 24, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    Is there a way to get GuitarPro7.5 to display a barre chord correctly?
    Currently, a partial barre is displayed, but if one were displaying a barred G chord for ukulele with D in the top -bar fret II
    4 2 3 5, it is only possilbe to these unassociated positions that doesn’t show the bar. Same in GP6, only now if you try to name it G bar II, it puts up G flat sign ar II
    Is there a workaround?

  27. Thomas Duflos - May 7, 2019 at 12:21 pm

    Hi Spencer, I invite you to contact our support here: goo.gl/tq6163 they will answer you quickly, thank you.

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