Questions about KTabS
What does KTabS look like?
Marius Costea is a pretty high level user of KTabS. Here is a YouTube video made by Marius showing the KTabS program run for the song Mad World which he notated himself:
If I am trying to learn a song that just seems to be beyond me, KTabS can be very helpful. I notate it into KTabS in slow motion (slow because the notes are entered one at a time), and then I learn to play the piece from the KTabS file. After you have notated a song in KTabS, have the program play it back so you can hear what you entered, and any errors will jump right out.
On which computers does KTabS run?
The KTabS program is a great tool for learning to play the songs I have arranged, but another use you should consider is writing or arranging your own music. In the video below, I show you exactly how I notated the song O Danny Boy, which I already knew how to play, so there is not a lot of trial and error in this one.
And here I am performing O Danny Boy on the Bb Treble Kalimba:
Get the Free Tablature for O Danny Boy:
How are KTabS and Kalimba Magic related?
Please explore this set of nine articles from the Newsletter Archive on using KTabS:
- Getting Started with the Powerful Tool KTabS
- Time Signatures and Saving Time
- Change the Look, Write a Song...
- Using the KeyPad in KTabS
- Retuning and Transposing
- More on Transposing
- Printing Your Music
- A Traditional Mbira Trick in KTabS
- Kushaura and Kutsinhira Mbira Parts
There is good documentation at KTabS.
If you are using KTabS to teach you to play kalimba, you may want to edit the tempo to slow the song down to make it easier for you to play along. (This requires the Full KTabS Software as the KTabS reader has no editing capabilities)
If you want to really get in the groove, you can set the number of repeats to 10 or 20, going over and over the song without interruption.
If you are having trouble with a certain phrase, you can insert repeat signs at the start and end of the phrase to make that section repeat over and over.
I like setting KTabS to play some music, and then while the computer plays that, I invent some other part to play along. If you have a kalimba in a different key, or a different number of tines, you can create a KTabS template for your kalimba's tuning so you can write music for YOUR kalimba.
You can link two different songs together (ie, ALTO "Row, row, row your boat" and TREBLE "Row, row, row") and play them at the same time. Or, write a harmony part to an existing song, and play them both back together to make sure they work. Then play one back with KTabS, and the other part you play live.
We have an extensive and detailed article on KTabS in the How to Play Kalimba section.