Converting From One Instrument To Another
Changing a tune from one instrument to another can be done fairly easily;
you just have to pay attention to the octave the tune is in when converting.
For instance, if the tune is on guitar and you convert it to mandolin the low
notes in the tune may disappear off the bottom of the scale because the
mandolin only goes down to a low G. In this case you need to first transpose
the tune up one octave. If the tune is limited to one octave you can
generally convert it to any instrument easily, 2 or 3 octaves it becomes
Here's how I do it:
- Choose a tune and re-name it so if you mess it up you can go back and
start over with a clean file. I generally change it from "Blackberry
Blossom - mando" to "Blackberry Blossom - (new instrument name)"
- With the re-named tune on screen choose the "instrument name" in the upper
right corner. (Or in menu: SCORE > INSTRUMENT). A window "module/tuning" window will appear. Choose MODULE then
- Now you have a second module that you can convert to the new instrument
tuning. First you'll need to transfer the tune to the new module. Place your
cursor on module 1, hold down the CONTROL KEY and press "A". The entire tune
will be highlighted. Choose EDIT then COPY. Next choose MODULE 2. Place your
cursor in the top left corner of the first measure. Choose EDIT then PASTE.
- Now that you have the tune on both 1 and 2 modules you can convert 2 to
the another instrument and quickly replace it if you mess up. Next look at
the octaves a tune covers, if it's a guitar tune and you're converting it to
mandolin see if the low notes go below a low G. If so first transpose the
entire song up one octave by highlighting the entire tune (CONTROL A) then
choosing SCORE > TRANSPOSE and choose +12, and include all measures. Now you tune will all be
on the upper 4 strings of the guitar and can be converted to higher register
- With your module 2 on screen choose the "instrument name" (SCORE > INSTRUMENT) in the upper
right corner. Choose TUNING then (very important) place a dot in the FINGERS
choice under IMPACT. Now use the pulldown menu to choose the instrument you
want to convert to.
- Once you've converted and checked the score for accuracy you can choose
module 1 and delete it. Once you do this process a few times you'll have
Note: Converting from one instrument to another will almost never result in a
clean file. Many things that you do on one instrument will not be possible on
another. The new file at best will be a good guideline that will allow you to
develop a break tailored to the instrument.