Changing fretted instrument transpositions

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You can change the transposition of individual fretted instruments; for example, to reflect capos added to them, or for a fretted instrument whose strings have all been detuned. This can affect the pitches shown on notation staves and in main chord symbols in the music, depending on your per-layout setting for using fretted instrument transpositions.

  • You can find different tunings for each fretted instrument in the instrument picker.

  • You can also change the open pitch of individual fretted instrument strings.

  • Fretted instrument transpositions do not affect pitches shown on tablature, which use the instrument’s capo, or used chord diagram grids.


  1. In Setup mode, in the Players panel, expand the card of the player holding the fretted instrument whose transposition you want to change.
  2. In the instrument label, click the instrument menu and choose Edit Strings and Tuning to open the Edit Strings and Tuning dialog.
  3. In the Capo section, change the pitch for In staff notation, written C4 sounds as.

    The pitch determines the spelling of notes and chord symbols for the corresponding number of half-steps.

  4. Click OK to save your changes and close the dialog.