Fret Tab can be used in a teaching setting to create simple melodies for students. The color version supports Aquila Kids strings.
The Copy button makes it easy to enter tab and chords in your document. Simply select or enter your desired font size and click the Copy button and paste into your document.
Fret Tab includes basic chords that can be integrated with tablature, or to create chord melodies.
Sample Tab and Chords
The download format for Macintosh Fret Tab apps is a dmg file. The dmg file includes the app, custom fonts, and a Read Me file covering installation and app usage. The download format for the Windows Fret Tab app is a zip file. The zip file includes the app, resource files, custom fonts, and a Read Me file covering installation and app usage.
Q: Why is there no color app for Windows?
A: One would think color fonts are common, but the truth is the technology is fairly new. Apple, Microsoft, Adobe, and Google are all working on color fonts, but they are incompatible, and Microsoft color fonts do not support current apps, including MS Word. Apple uses their own technology and Fret Tab works with most Macintosh apps, including Bean, Byword, Pages, and TextEdit.
Q: I need more advanced features.
A: Fret Tab was designed as a simple reimagining of standard tablature. It is intended for creating simple tablature notation, riffs, and basic chord progressions. A much more advanced app is TablEdit, an excellent full featured app that supports tablature, notation, and midi sound playback. There is a free version (TEFview), and a paid version. I have a small set of TablEdit tunes for Ukulele, and almost 3,000 TablEdit tunes for Mandolin.
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|Fret Tab for Macintosh|
|Fret Tab - B&W||GCEA||Macintosh||$7|
|Fret Tab - Color||GCEA||Macintosh||$7|
|Fret Tab for Windows|
|Fret Tab - B&W||GCEA||Windows||$7|