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Tux Guitar is a guitar-focused tab and music notation editor/viewer/player.
  • Tablature editor
  • Score Viewer
  • Multitrack display
  • Autoscroll while playing
  • Note duration management
  • Various effects (bend, slide, vibrato, hammer-on/pull-off)
  • Support for triplets (5,6,7,9,10,11,12)
  • Repeat open and close
  • Time signature management
  • Tempo management
  • Imports and exports gp3,gp4 and gp5 files
Also imports other file formats, can export to Lilypond, and more.

What's New

Version 1.2:
  • Support measure range to loop
  • Transpose notes feature
  • Optionally transpose afected notes when change tuning
  • Move beats left|right support
  • More song properties options.
  • Add multiple measure support
  • Clean multiple measure support
  • Number of pastes support
  • Better lilypond plugin
  • Better fluidsynth plugin
  • New jack plugin
  • New community integration more...


Mac OS X 10.6 or later

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Acwolf Member IconReview+157

I'm a guitar teacher and have been using this with my students. It isn't perfect, but it works. It is a little quirky in the way it enters notes.
Biggest downside is that it is hard to get it to show all the music clearly on one screen.

Otherwise, it is great. It has full tab capacity, with a guitar-neck visualization and input ability. It has a grid-style drum editor, a mixer, playback speed adjustment... It can do all varieties of tuplets and time signatures and alternate guitar tunings. I even got it set-up to do two 5 string tab-staffs tuned to each side of a Chapman Stick.
It can open Tabledit, Guitar Pro, and Power Tab files. It can export to Lilypond format.

What more can you ask for FREE?? All the other tab programs out there have quirks and issues too. The best for professional use is probably Finale or Sibelius, but you have to buy the full $600 versions if you want true flexibility in tab and in time-signatures for those programs. Otherwise, Harmony Assistant is good, and Guitar Pro or TablEdit are functional. But Tux Guitar is good, and free. For me that means I can get all my students using it without hesitation, despite its quirks.

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Version 1.2

Can't argue with the price & the developer is putting some effort in & that I appreciate.

However, trying it out briefly - its painful to enter music. I can't see composing USING it, rather its a tool to transcribe TO after you've written out the music by hand.

Not familiar with the competition to know if they are much better.

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Version 1.2
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Version 1.2
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Downloads 22,915
Version Downloads 22,909
License Free
Date 28 Jun 2010
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32 / PPC 64
Price Free