Using Tux Guitar for Ukulele Tabs

Tux Guitar is a guitar tablature editor. The software is free and you can import GuitarPro, PowerTab and TablEdit files, and it works with Windows, Mac, and Linux.

You can download it here

When you have Tux Guitar installed you will need to configure it for ukulele.

Let's get started:

When you open the program the page opens with the default settings, the first thing to do is to scroll down to the bottom of the page and double click 'Steel String Guitar 1', as shown below in the red outlined area.

bottom toolbar

This will open the window shown below. Set the number of strings to 4, leave the offset at 0 and set the strings to the values shown in the diagram. The settings below will set it for Low G tuning if a High g tuning is required set the G string to G4 (an octave higher).

tux tuning area

When you have set the settings in the red outlined area above, click the wrench icon as shown above in the blue outlined area. The window shown below will open.

Click the 'Remove' button shown in the blue outline, then change the name to Ukulele and select Nylon Str Guitar form the drop down menu, as shown below. After that click the X to close the window - this will also save the settings you have just made the click OK to close the next window.

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 'Composition' on the main menu.


A drop down menu will allow you to select Time Signature, as shown below.

After you have clicked the link above the window shown below opens to allow you to change the time signature.

To change the tempo click 'Composition' on the main menu., as shown below.

Then select Tempo from the drop down menu, as shown below.

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

After you have gone through the settings above the tabs area will look like the diagram below.

The diagram above is set to insert a whole beat (the rest in the music notation area is for a whole beat), to change the duration of the beat click the quarter not icon, as shown below.

This will open up a drop down menu where you can select the note duration you require, as shown below. Note that the music notation area will alter the type of rests used.

To add your first fret number, use the up, down, left and right keys to move the square to the correct note and enter a number, as shown below. Note the rests in the music notation area.

To move to the next note, use the right key to move along one place.