Imagine that rather than a sequence of notes you want to play a chord. A
basic example would be playing all the open strings at the same time:
You can do this in three ways:
guitar: o4 e/>b/g/d/<<a/e
guitar: V1: ta10 V2: ta20 V3: ta30 V4: ta40 V5: ta50 V6: ta60
guitar: (c 0 0 0 0 0 0 W)
As you can see, the chord notation is just a
seven parameters, the fret of each one of the six strings and the
duration of the chord.
For example, the D chord would be
You can also use the chord notation to play single notes. For example,
the two following sequences are exactly the same:
# alta-tab syntax
ta10 ta20 ta30 ta40 ta50 ta60
# alda-tab chord syntax
(c 0 x x x x x W)
(c x 0 x x x x W)
(c x x 0 x x x W)
(c x x x 0 x x W)
(c x x x x 0 x W)
(c x x x x x 0 W)
You can play tabs with specific durations, in seconds or milliseconds by
using the function
t. In this case you should write the number of
the string, followed by a dot and the fret. Add the end, you should
express in String format ("") the duration you want.
guitar: (t 1.0 "2s") (t 2.0 "10ms") (t 2.2 "100ms")
You can do the same with your chords:
guitar: (c 0 x 1 2 2 x "5s")
How can I install alta-tabs?
Follow the steps to install Alda.
Clone this repo and open the folder
alda-tabs in your terminal.
Run the Alda server with
Create a simple text file, write your song using the alda-tabs
syntax and save it.
./alda-tabs.sh followed by the path of the file you want
Listen the result.
If you want to stop a song you can stop the alda server with
You can also play some scores (provided in the
folder) and modify their content to explore different sounds.