Rhythms on tablature

When notation staves and tablature are both shown, it is customary only to notate rhythms on the notation staff. However, when only tablature is shown, it is necessary to show rhythms on tablature.

The following items are shown to indicate rhythms on tablature:

  • Time signatures

  • Stems, stem flags, and beaming

  • Rhythm dots

You can change how these items appear on tablature on the Tablature page in Engraving Options.

Figure 1. Rhythms shown on tablature

By default, stems, stem flags, and beaming appear stem-up on tablature in single-voice contexts, which means they can collide with guitar bends, pre-bends/pre-dives, and dives and returns. Therefore, in projects where you want to show both these notations and rhythms on tablature, we recommend that you change the Default stem direction to Down on the Tablature page in Engraving Options.