KTabS Tutorial - Configuring Kalimba Tablature
When you open the KTabS program for the first time, the first thing
you will want to do is click the "New"
icon on the Top Toolbar. This will open the "Kalimba Configuration" window. This window
allows you to perform many vital
KTabS functions. You can use this window to:
Below is a diagram of the KTabS "Kalimba Configuration" window, followed by
more detailed information on how to use this window.
- Enter information about your specific type of kalimba and save it as a template
- Load kalimba templates that you have already saved
- Configure what you want the tablature to look like, both on the screen and
A - Kalimba Setup Section
B3 - Note Style (when editing music)
A1 - Number of Tines
B4 - Note Spacing (when editing music)
A2 - Tine Shading Color
B5 - Fixed Measures (when editing music)
A3 - Kalimba Tines
B6 - Draw First Measure Bar (when editing music)
A4 - Right Click to Shade Tines
C1 - Scale Factor (for printed music)
A5 - Piano Keys
C2 - Tine Width (for printed music)
A6 - Sharp/Flat Choice
C3 - Note Style (for printed music)
B - Edit Music Setup section
C4 - Note Spacing (for printed music)
B1 - Scale Factor (when editing music)
C5 - Fixed Measures (for printed music)
B2 - Tine Width (when editing music)
C6 - Draw First Measure Bar (for printed music)
C6 - Print Headers
D1 - Load Template
D2 - Save Template
D3 - OK
D4 - Cancel
The Kalimba Setup portion of the "Kalimba Configuration" window is for you to
enter information about your kalimba. It is currently configured for a 17
tine kalimba in the key of G, with a range of B3 to D6, and with five red
tines. If this is the type of kalimba you have, then you don't need to
make any changes to the Kalimba Setup portion of the window.
If you have a different type of kalimba, it is easy to make changes.
Let's say we have a 15 tine kalimba with blue tines and a range of G3 to
First, we can enter the number of tines our kalimba has.
Use this box to enter how many tines your kalimba has. You can enter a
number as low as 3 and as high as 34. Once you have entered a number,
click anywhere on the window or press "Enter" on the computer keyboard to change
the number of tines in the picture to your new number.
Example: We have entered "15" in the box and pressed "Enter" on the
computer keyboard. Now our Kalimba Setup looks like this:
To change which tines are shaded in the kalimba picture, right click on the
unshaded tines that you want to shade and right click on the shaded tines that
you want to unshade.
Example: This is the correct shading for our 15 tine kalimba.
To change the color of the shaded tines, click the "Tine Shading Color"
A box will open that allows you to pick a new color. We will pick one
of the blues that looks like our kalmba.
Now our tines look right, but the notes on the tines are not the correct
notes for our kalimba. We can change the value of these notes.
To change the note values assigned to the kalimba tines, first click the
kalimba tine you wish to change. You will see a green outline around that
tine. Then click the keys on the piano keyboard picture and find the note
that matches the note you want your selected kalimba tine to play.
Clicking a note on the piano picture will changed the assigned note value of the
selected kalimba tine.
Here we have changed the value of the center note to G3.
Now we have changed all of the tines to their correct values for our
As a default, any of the black piano keys that you selected for your kalimba tuning will
be displayed as sharps. If you would like to see them as flats, just click the circle next to
"Flats" and the display will change.
The next section of the "Kalimba Configuration" window is titled "Edit Music
This section allows you to define how you want your kalimba tablature to
look on your computer screen while you are editing music.
Below the Edit Music Setup is the section called "Print Music Setup".
You have identical choices in this
section as you do in the Edit Music Setup (plus the "Print Headers" option).
The difference is, any changes you make to the "Print Music Setup"
will change the look of your tablature when it is printed out. Changes you make to the "Print Music Setup" can
be viewed by selecting "Print Preview" from the Edit menu.
Increasing the number will increase the overall size of the tablature,
while decreasing the number will decrease the overall size of the tablature.
This number defines the width of the kalimba tablature. This number can
be set as low as 10 and as high as 30.
Tablature with the default width of 22.
Tablature with the smallest width of 10.
There are three types of note styles - "Classic", "Minimal", and "Modern".
"Classic" style notes have curved stem flags and the beams connecting notes are bold, similar the way
notes look in traditional music notation.
"Minimal" style notes have straight stem flags and the beams connecting notes are thin.
"Modern" style notes do not have stems, and their stem flags are drawn within the note
itself, so you do not have to look to the left to track the note
In the note spacing section you can choose between "Fixed" Note Spacing and
"Variable" Note Spacing.
With "Fixed" Note Spacing, the space between all notes on the tablature will be
the same, regardless of a note's duration.
With "Variable" Note Spacing, the spacing of each note will be proportional to its
duration; for example, a whole note will have more space after it than every
The spacing between notes in both "Fixed" Note Spacing and "Variable" Note Spacing mode can be adjusted by
changing the number in the Note Spacing box. The default note spacing is 40
pixels. Increasing this number increases the spacing between notes, and
decreasing the number decreases the spacing between notes.
You can make all the measures of your tablature the same
size by clicking the "Fixed Meaures" box. Once this box is checked, you
can then change the size of the measures by changing the number in the
box. The default setting is 300 pixels. Decreasing this number will
decrease the size of the measures, while increasing this number will increase
the size of the measures.
One of the final options in the Music Setup section is "Draw
First Measure Bar". When this box is checked, the tablature will have a
barline at the beginning of the first measure. Uncheck the box if you do
not wish to display a barline at the beginning of the first measure. Even
if the barline is not displayed, you can still make changes to that barline,
such as adding a time signature.
First measure bar is drawn (numbered 1 in picture).
First measure bar is not drawn.
When you enter authorship information for a music file (title, author, copyright), this information
as well as page numbers will
normally be printed as headers and footers in your music. If you do not wish this information to
be printed with your sheet music, then just uncheck the "Print Headers" box.
Click the "Save Template" button at the bottom of
the "Kalimba Configuration" window to save all the information you have entered. A
"Save" window will open. You can name your template and save it to your
computer. KTabS template files will receive the .ktt file extension.
You can load a template you have saved by clicking the
button at the bottom of the "Kalimba Configuration" window.
Select the template you wish to load and click "OK".
Once you have clicked "OK" in the "Kalimba Configuration" window and opened up kalimba
tablature, you can still make changes in the "Kalimba Configuration"
window. Click the "Configuration" icon on the Top Toolbar
to open the "Kalimba Configuration" window.
Note: Once you have started entering notes into
your kalimba tablature, you can no longer reconfigure the number of tines.
If you wish to change the number of tines shown in your tablature, you
should open a new document and enter the new kalimba
Other Tablature OptionsOnce you have clicked "OK" on the "Kalimba Configuration"
window and opened blank tablature, you have a few more choices about the look of
your tablature. Towards the right side of the Top Toolbar are four icons
that will change your tablature.
Tine Labels - clicking this icon will change whether the
tines are labeled with their corresponding note
With Tine Labels
Without Tine Labels
Measure Numbers - clicking this icon will change whether
the measures are numbered on the right hand side
With Measure Numbers
Without Measure Numbers
Lyrics - clicking this icon will change whether
any previously added lyrics will be displayed or not.
V Shaped Tines - clicking this icon will change whether
the bottom of the tines will be straight across with tines all one length, or V
Without V Shaped Tines
With V Shaped Tines
Center Line - clicking this icon will change whether there
is a visible center line dividing the tablature into left and right sides
Without Center Line
With Center Line
You can save these settings as part of your template if you choose to. Once you have opened blank
tablature and made any changes you want to the look of your tablature, click the "Configuration"
on the Top Toolbar. Click the "Save Template" button on the "Kalimba Configuration" window to save
all of your settings as a template.
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