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I can't seem to find a way to make a ukulele chord chart (4 strings) appear over a piano part...the only option is guitar. Is there an obvious way to do this that I am missing? I usually create a ukulele part, but I don't want to do that...

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by Surf.Whammy on Thu Oct 12, 2017 12:33 pm
christopherrussell wroteI can't seem to find a way to make a ukulele chord chart (4 strings) appear over a piano part...the only option is guitar. Is there an obvious way to do this that I am missing? I usually create a ukulele part, but I don't want to do that...


I did a bit of experimenting, and I think there's a way to do this; but it requires temporarily modifying the Mac OS X Resources in the NOTION 6 application package (a.k.a., "bundle"), which will make sense when you read this entire post . . .

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(1) I don't play ukulele, and I have no idea if these are ukulele chords, so that's a question; but I think these are correct ukulele chords . . .

QUESTION: Are these proper ukulele chords?

(2) If these are ukulele chords, then this is something that can be done . . .

(3) I did it on the Mac, so since you're on the Mac, you can do it . . .

(4) It requires temporarily modifying the ChordLib contents of the Resources folder in the NOTION 6 application package, but this can be undone if you do it correctly . . .

(5) After you modify the Chordlib contents, you can copy the now modified NOTION 6 application with a new name like "Notion 6 (Ukulele).app" and then undo the Chordlib modifications done to the original "Notion 6.app" application file, at which time you have the original and a separate copy that does the ukulele thing . . .

After this modification, when you want to do the ukulele thing, you will run "Notion 6 (Ukulele).app" rather than "Notion 6.app" . . .

Otherwise, you will run "Notion 6.app", which is the original application . . .

THOUGHTS

The PreSonus NOTION folks might not be so happy with me for telling you how to do this, but (a) it works; (b) your NOTION 6 license allows several instances of the application; and (c) it's fabulous . . .

Fabulous! :+1

The modifications to the Chordlib subfolder are simple . . .

You rename the "GuitarChords.tpk" file to something like "Surf-GuitarChords.tpk", and you rename the "UkuleleChords.tpk" file to something like "Surf-UkuleleChords.tpk" . . .

Then you make a copy of "Surf-UkuleleChords.tpk" and paste it into the 'Chordlib" subfolder and then rename the file to "GuitarChords.tpk" . . .

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Original NOTION 6 Chordlib Subfolder

[NOTE: The "GuitarChords.tpk" file actually is what was the "UkuleleChords.tpk" file . . . ]

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Surf.Whammy Modified NOTION 6 Chordlib Subfolder for Ukulele Chords on Piano Staff


At this point, the next time you run NOTION 6, it will think that it's working with guitar chord images, but it's actually working with ukulele chord images . . .

Then when you create the piano staff in NOTION 6 Score Setup, you click on the "Notation/Tab" pane and enter "G4 C4 E4 A4" in the "Tab tuning" field, which makes NOTION 6 think the piano is a ukulele but only for chord image purposes . . .

It's a piano, but instead of showing guitar chord images, it shows ukulele chord images; and you only need the piano staff, since the ukulele chords appear on the piano staff . . .

SUMMARY

If the ukulele chords are correct ukulele chords, then this part is working correctly . . .

Let me know, and I will post detailed instructions to this topic that will make this easy--and safe--to do . . .

Lots of FUN! :)

P. S. The smart way to do this modification is to begin by making a copy of the "Notion 6.app" file, which you will rename to "Notion 6 (Ukulele).app" . . .

Then you do the modifications to the Mac OS X package for the copy version, which avoids having to undo the modifications in the original application file . . .

This is a relatively simple modification, and it probably will take less time to do it than it does to read one of my posts . . .

:ugeek:

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