1. Tempo refers
to the speed at which the program will play your musical composition.
The default playback tempo is 120 beats per minute. Beats per
minute is calculated using the quarter note as one beat, so tempo is not
dependent on the time signature.
1. It is often convenient to select several rows of notes at a time.
There are several ways to do this.
You can select all rows at once by choosing "Select All" from the Edit menu (also Cntrl + A).
1. Identical notes on
adjacent rows may be tied together, even if their durations are different.
Use the mouse to select the two note rows to be tied.
1. Special rhythmic groupings of notes are known as tuplets. The type of tuplet that can be created with KTabS is a triplet.
Three notes on adjacent rows may be grouped as a triplet. Once they are grouped as a triplet, the three notes will have a total duration of 2/3 their original duration.
three notes of the triplet.
with at least one stem flag can be beamed across their stems. To beam
notes, select the rows of notes you would like to beam together.
You can cause
a section of your music to play two or more times by using a repeat sign.
Repeat CloseIf you would like to repeat a section that starts at the beginning of your music, select the barline at the end of the section you want to repeat. Then right click and select "Repeat Close" from the menu.
A closed repeat symbol appears in place of the barline.
Repeat OpenIf you would like to repeat a section that does not start at the beginning of your music, select the first barline of the section you want to repeat. Right click and select "Repeat Open" from the menu.
Repeat Close/OpenIf you want a closed repeat and an open repeat to share a barline, first select the barline where you would like the repeats. Then right click and select "Repeat Close/Open" from the menu.
A combined Repeat Close and Repeat Open will appear.
Note: Repeat signs are green to indicate that they are a type of Fixed Barline. The green color is for editing purposes only and will appear black in your printed music.
Inserting a RepeatIf you need to insert a Repeat where there is not already a barline, you can insert a Fixed Barline and then change that Fixed Barline to a Repeat.
Removing a RepeatTo remove a repeat, select the repeat sign in your music. Right click and select the type of repeat you are removing. This will cause the repeat to disappear.
Repeat CountTo repeat a section multiple times, select the closed repeat sign in your music. Right click the mouse and select "Repeat Count" from the menu.
Enter the number of times you want the section repeated, not including the first time leading up to the repeat.
The number will appear within the closed repeat sign to indicate how many times the section will be repeated.
KTabs will play each
note as you
enter it or select it, and as you select a new row you will hear all the notes
on that row played. If you would prefer not to hear these note sounds,
click the "Mute" icon on the Top Toolbar.
Play DelaySometimes it is convenient to have KTabS wait a certain amount of time after you press the play button before playback actually begins. If you are playing along with KTabS, this gives you time to pick up your kalimba before playback starts.
To delay playback, enter the number of seconds you wish KTabS to wait in the box to the left of the play button on the Top Toolbar.
When you press the play button, KTabS will count down the number of seconds you entered before it begins playing back your music.
Playing Multiple Files TogetherIt is possible to play more than one .ktb file at the same time. For example, a kalimba duet might be written as two separate .ktb files, and you can use KTabS to play the files together.
To play more than one file at a time:
1. Open each file you wish to play.
2. To view all the files side by side, click the "Tile Windows" icon on the toolbar.
3. Then click the "Tie All Views Together" icon.
4. Click the Home button to select the beginning of the music. This will happen for all windows at once since the views are tied together.
5. Click the "Play" button. All the song files will start playing at the same time.
6. To untie the windows so you can play each one separately, click again on the "Tie All Views Together" icon.
1. To return to the
beginning of your music, click the green down arrow on the TopToolbar. This will
select the first barline.
1. To remove a row or
a group of adjacent rows, select them and click "Cut" on
the Top Toolbar.
To undo the last change you made while editing your music, click the counterclockwise arrow on the Top Toolbar. Clicking it again will undo the change you made before that, and so on.
Add lyrics to your music by left clicking the mouse in the space to the right of a note row.
When you do, you will see a box appear where you can enter the word to be
sung with that note. Hit the Enter Key or Up Arrow to move up to the next note row.
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