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Tabular

Tablature for the modern era

Tabular is a rich tablature editor for macOS and iPadOS that lets you read and write music for guitar, bass, drums and much more. It's the best way to learn new songs, write your own music, and run through practice exercises for nearly any kind of stringed instrument or drum kit.

First started in 2011 and released in 2013, the app was built by a one-person team (that's me!) with a focus on ease of use, clean and thoughtful design, privacy, and deep integration with Apple platforms. I hope it becomes your favorite way to write music!

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Features

Interactive tabs

Tabular gives you everything you need to transcribe and compose multi-track music for stringed and percussion instruments. Using tablature, you can easily create beautifully-formatted notation for guitar, bass, banjo, drums and much more.

A variety of notations can be added to give your music as much expressivity as possible. Add legato, vibrato, accents, strums, string bends and much more.

In-app library

No need to manually manage your files — Tabular keeps them neatly organized and searchable right inside the app. You choose where your library is stored so that you have direct access to your files when you need them.

Keep your library in iCloud Drive or another file syncing service to keep your music in sync with your other devices. Write a song on your Mac, then load it up on your iPad later to practice.

MIDI playback

Hear how your music sounds as you write it with Tabular's MIDI playback functionality. Choose from more than 50 different instrument sounds, and control the mix of your tracks with volume, panning, mute and solo settings.

Practice tools

Tabular offers flexible practice tools that allow you to master challenging songs and improve your skills with practice exercises. Loop an entire score or just the part you want to focus on as it gradually speeds up to your target tempo.

Drum tabs too

Not just for stringed instruments, create a percussion track to write music for a drum kit. Add snares, kicks, cymbals and more to your kit and each piece will get its own line in the score.

Import and export

Import your music from Guitar Pro 3/4/5 or MIDI formats, and share with others in plain text (ASCII), PDF or MIDI formats. Printing is also supported, and additional formats will be added in the future.