Using Power Tab Editor for Ukulele Tabs

Designed for Windows (it states Windows 95/98/Millennium/NT/2000/XP/2003 but I have used it successfully running Windows 10), Power Tab Editor is a free tablature creating tool designed specifically for making guitar sheet music. The software includes chord names, chord diagrams, rhythm slashes, bends, slides, hammer-ons/pull-offs, harmonics and palm muting. It hasn’t been updated for a long time but it still works well.

You can download it here

When you have Power Editor installed (follow these instruction to install) you need to configure it for ukulele.

Let's get started:

Click File then New to open up a window asking you to choose the number of strings and select 4, as shown in the diagram below.

image of 4 string selection

The editor is set up for guitar tuning, so to change to ukulele tuning click the red guitar icon, as shown below.

red guitar icon

After you clicked the icon a new window will open, as shown below. Use the 'Desc' box to give your tuning a name if you want to. Leave all the other settings as they are apart from the settings in the red outlined area.

ukulele tuning

The settings shown above are for Low G tuning, if you want High g then the the G should be set to G4 - use the up and down arrows at the side of the box to take the string setting up or down. Then go down to the 'Off:' box and use the down arrow to offset the settings by -8.

Starting to write tabs:

The first thing you'll want to do is to make sure the time signature is correct, by deafult it is 4/4 time. Click the time signature icon as shown below (you can also click the actual time signature on the music staff above the tabs - hover over it and you will see a 3/4 image appear).

time signature icon

When you click the time signature icon a window will open up allowing you to select the time signature you want, as shown below.

adjusting the time signature in pop-up window

To change the tempo click on the tempo marker icon, as shown below.

temp icon

When the new window window opens, use the up and down arrows to select a new tempo as shown in the red outlined area below.

tempo change diagram

To add your first fret number place the cursor directly underneath the time signature in the tabs area and click, blue lines will appear above and below a string line this is where the number will appear, as shown below - use the up and down keys to move the blue lines up or down.

When the correct string is selected, click on a number on your keypad and it will appear on the tab.The music note above is automatically placed for you, as shown below.

To move to the next note, use the right key to move along one place. If the first note you entered is an eighth note the cursor will move along an eight note. Note lengths can be altered using the toolbar at the bottom of the screen as shown below.

Pauses can be added using the pause icons in the red outlined box shown above.