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BeierTab version 2.13

Build 2 March 2016

What is BeierTab?

A computer program for MS Windows in which to edit and print lute tablature. It also transcribes lute tablature into staff-notation (in MusicXML format which can be used with music notation programs such as Finale and Sibelius). 


Tablature Style

Fonts and layout based on historical sources. Convert instantaneously between different styles:

  • French Tablature - Renaissance: Besard 1603, Dowland 1610
  • French Tablature - Baroque: Gautier 1669, Breitkopf 1750
  • Italian Tablature: Gardano 1550, Piccinini 1623
  • Spanish Tablature: Luys Milan 1535
  • German Tablature: Newsidler 1536
  • Baroque Guitar: Murcia

Tablature signs

  • All kinds of left hand ornament signs.
  • Upward and downward slurs, vertical and diagonal lines.
  • Right hand arpeggio squiggles and separée signs.
  • Right and left hand fingering signs and numbers.
  • Rest signs, dynamics, fermatae, coda and repeat signs.
  • Add text with choice of font, size and color.
  • End of piece arabesques.


  • Transpose tablature up or down.
  • Convert tablature from one instrument tuning to another.
  • Transform rhythm signs by doubling or halving their value.
  • Format rhythm signs to appear at barlines or at a particular rhythmic interval.
  • Automatically add vertical lines connecting diapasons to upper notes throughout the tablature.
  • Automatically add right hand index fingering dots throughout the tablature under the appropriate notes.

Multiple Staves

  • Multi stave tablature systems for lute duets, trios, etc.
  • Merge staves: all of the tablature from two or more staves will appear on a single stave
  • Copy voices: select tablature voices to copy onto a seperate stave. This is useful for creating lute duets by splitting a lute solo into two parts.

Page Layout

  • US Letter and A4 sizes, portrait and landscape orientation.
  • Justify tablature lines, control spacing, margins, indents, etc.
  • Adjust the size of the tablature and how it fits on the page.
  • Captions and page numbering options


  • Assign indipendent voices to tablature cyphers, for poliphonic rendition.
  • Listen to the tablature file, control tempo and volume.
  • Export tablature to MIDI file, each voice in a seperate channel.

Import and Export

  • Import Wayne Cripps "Tab" lute tablature files.
  • Export tablature as graphic files in various formats.
  • MIDI file export.
  • MusicXML export: the tablature is transcribed to piano score format, for use with music engraving software such as Sibelius and Finale.
  • Print files

New in "Version 2.13"

  • Staff Labels: you can now label each staff on the first line of the file. 
  • New shortcut for printing a file: CTRL-P 
  • Grid type rhythm signs have been improved and can now be written in two different styles: with thin beams (antique style) or thick ones (more modern). Set the grid style in Tablature Style Options and the default grid style in Program Options. 
  • Update service. If there is an internet connection, you can now be alerted when a new version of BeierTab is published. You can turn off this option as well, the first time an alert is shown. 
  • Barlines: you can now insert and delete individual barlines in the middle of a bar. 
  • Delete Bar Line dialogue has been updated and improved. 
  • Rest signs: you can now add dotted rests. 
  • MIDI: in multi-stave systems, you can now mute or play individual staves. 
  • Multiple Staves: you can now convert each staff of a system into a seperate part, in its own file. 
  • Triplets: Triplet signs have been improved. You can now tilt them and use square brackets instead of curved ones. Double-click a triplet sign to get a menu of options. Default bracket type can be set in Program Options. 
  • Vertical lines now adjust automatically for different types of tablature. 
  • Ties and Slurs: These can now be anchored to tablature cyphers, so that the spacing adjusts automatically when changing the spacing of a line (by changing the number of bars on the line). This is done by inserting a slur from the Signs Menu, then double clicking it to get the square grips. Capture the right side grip with the mouse by clicking on it and holding down the right mouse button, then drag the slur to the right over different tablature cyphers. When the slur can be anchored to a cypher, it turns red, and you can then let go of the mouse button to anchor the slur on it. Ties and slurs can now be draged to the left, as well. 
  • Grace Place the cursor over a tablature cypher and press the "Grace Note" button on the Insert Menu. Then you can press the key on the keyboard corresponding to the cypher you wish to use as a grace note. Once the grace note is inserted, you can double-click it with the mouse and refine its placing in the score. 
  • Play notes while inputting tablature. There is a new button on the Quick Links menu that lets you turn this feature on or off. When a tablature cypher is placed in the tablature, the corresponding note is sounded through the computer's speakers. You can change how the note sounds by selecting an instrument on the MIDI Menu. 
  • Instrument Tuning dialogue has been updated and improved.  
  • In addition, a number of small changes have been made and several bugs have been squashed.

In Build 2:

  • FIxed left hand fingering bug
  • Added more paper sizes