Note Effects

Just like beat effects, there are also effects for single notes like harmonics, bends, accentuations etc. The syntax is Fret.String{NoteEffects}

Simple Effects

Please find the list of support effects in the examples below.

Harmonics

natural nh, artificial ah, pinch ph and semi sh

:8 3.3{nh} 3.3{ah} 3.3{th} 3.3{ph} 3.3{sh}
:8 3.3{nh} 3.3{ah} 3.3{th} 3.3{ph} 3.3{sh}

Trill

tr <fret> <duration>

:4 3.3{tr 4 16} 3.3{tr 5 32} 3.3{tr 6 64}
:4 3.3{tr 4 16} 3.3{tr 5 32} 3.3{tr 6 64}

Vibrato

3.3{v}
3.3{v}

Slide

legato sl, shift ss, into-from-below sib, into-from-above sia, out-up sou, out-down sod, pick-slide-down psd, pick-slide-up psu

3.3{sl} 4.3 3.3{ss} 4.3 | 3.3{sib} 3.3{sia} 3.3{sou} 3.3{sod} | 3.3{sib sou} 3.3{sib sod} 3.3{sia sod} 3.3{sia sou} | x.3{psd} 3.3 | x.3{psu} 3.3 |
3.3{sl} 4.3 3.3{ss} 4.3 |
3.3{sib} 3.3{sia} 3.3{sou} 3.3{sod} |
3.3{sib sou} 3.3{sib sod} 3.3{sia sod} 3.3{sia sou} |
x.3{psd} 3.3 |
x.3{psu} 3.3 |

Hammer-On / Pull-Off

3.3{h} 4.3{h}
3.3{h} 4.3{h}

Left Hand Tapping

:16 15.1{h} 13.1{h} 12.1{h} 15.2{lht}
:16 15.1{h} 13.1{h} 12.1{h} 15.2{lht}

Ghost Note

3.3{g}
3.3{g}

Accentuations

normal ac and heavy hac

3.3{ac} 3.3{hac}
3.3{ac} 3.3{hac}

Staccato

3.3{st}
3.3{st}

Palm Mute

3.3{pm} 3.3{pm} 3.3{pm} 3.3{pm}
3.3{pm} 3.3{pm} 3.3{pm} 3.3{pm}

Let Ring

3.3{lr} 3.3{lr} 3.3{lr} 3.3{lr}
3.3{lr} 3.3{lr} 3.3{lr} 3.3{lr}

Fingering

left hand lf and right hand rf where the fingers are:

1 for Thumb, 2 for Index, 3 for Middle, 4 for Annual, 5 for Little

:8 3.3{lf 1} 3.3{lf 2} 3.3{lf 3} 3.3{lf 4} 3.3{lf 5} (2.2{lf 4} 2.3{lf 3} 2.4{lf 2}) | :8 3.3{rf 1} 3.3{rf 2} 3.3{rf 3} 3.3{rf 4} 3.3{lf 5} |
:8 3.3{lf 1} 3.3{lf 2} 3.3{lf 3} 3.3{lf 4} 3.3{lf 5} (2.2{lf 4} 2.3{lf 3} 2.4{lf 2}) |
:8 3.3{rf 1} 3.3{rf 2} 3.3{rf 3} 3.3{rf 4} 3.3{lf 5} |

Bends

The bend effect works like the tremolo/whammy bar effect.
You can specify a number of values which are evenly distributed over the time when the note is played. The values indicate the number of quarter notes increased bend up upon playing. b (value1 value2 ...)

3.3{b (0 4 )} | 3.3{b (0 4 0 8)} |
3.3{b (0 4 )} |
3.3{b (0 4 0 8)} |

Tied Notes

There are multiple ways to indicate tied notes depending on whether the instrument is stringed or not stringed. For stringed instruments the fret simply can be set to - and the note will be tied to the note of the same string.

3.3 -.3 | (1.1 3.2 2.3 0.4) (-.1 -.4)
3.3 -.3 | (1.1 3.2 2.3 0.4) (-.1 -.4)

For non stringed instrument it can be a bit more tricky as we cannot use the string to identify which note to tie. There are multiple ways to work around this problem. AlphaTab will try to find the start note for the tie via several rules, if this does not match the desired behavior, you can specify the note value as alternative and indicate the tie via a note effect.

Dead Notes

Dead Notes are notated by using x as fret.

3.3{x} x.3
3.3{x} x.3
\tuning piano . // If there is a single note on the previous beat, we tie to this one // Then a simple - is enough for a tie :2 a4 - | // Alternatively you can specify a '-' or 't' as note effect to indicate a tie :2 a4 a4{-} | // This also works for chords using correct note ordering :2 (a4 a3) (- a3) | :2 (a4 a3) (a4 -) | // If nothing helps, always the explicit note value and tie effect should allow // specifying the correct behavior :2 (a4 a3) (a4{t} a3) | :4 (a4 a3) (b2 b3) a4{t} a3{-} |
\tuning piano
.
// If there is a single note on the previous beat, we tie to this one
// Then a simple - is enough for a tie
:2 a4 - |
// Alternatively you can specify a '-' or 't' as note effect to indicate a tie
:2 a4 a4{-} |
// This also works for chords using correct note ordering
:2 (a4 a3) (- a3) |
:2 (a4 a3) (a4 -) |
// If nothing helps, always the explicit note value and tie effect should allow
// specifying the correct behavior
:2 (a4 a3) (a4{t} a3) |
:4 (a4 a3) (b2 b3) a4{t} a3{-} |