Fronimo Quickstart Tutorial
By Kemer Thomson
Entering the Notes
Let's take a stab at this. Point to the duration zone above the (currently empty) staff and click. How do we know it is the duration zone? Press the <up-arrow> key: if it won't go higher, we're there. Now try this: press the number keys 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. Notice that the flag changes values: this is how we set the duration for everything below.
Press the "2" key as the duration we want and use the <down-arrow> key to move down three steps to the position for the third string and press the "d" key. We have placed our first note, which lasts for the duration of the measure. To terminate the measure and start a new one, press the <Enter> key: you will see a barline and the cursor is left in the first beat of the new measure. Use the arrow key to move up to the duration zone and press "4", then back down to the third string. Type another "d", move up to the second string and type the keys, "a",<right-arrow>, "b", <right-arrow> and "d". Finally, press the <Enter> key to end that measure.
Let's add one more measure. Move to the top string and type "a", then move directly below it to the third string and type "d". Type the <right-arrow> to move to the next duration (which by default is unchanged), up the the second string and type "b", <right-arrow> one more time, move up to the first string and type the "b" and <Enter> to end the measure. But, wait! That last note should be longer, so move the cursor to its duration zone and type "3". What you should have is something like what you see on the right.
There is one thing I don't particularly like about this, and this is a personal choice. For this particular duration stem style Fronimo fills in all of the beams when "auto rebeam" is turned on—each style has a little different behavior, so you'll want to play around with them. Let's turn off that automatic action and also get rid of the redundant flags. To turn off "auto beam", click on the "Edit" menu item and you'll see a long drop-down list (see the example to the left) and towards its bottom there is a "Auto rebeam" with a check next to it: click on it to uncheck it. Now duration flags will be displayed only when you put them there explicitly. To get rid of redundant flags, click on the Edit->Clean Rhythmic Values. Finally, I happen to like having a duration flag at the start of each measure; you can easily fix that by clicking on Edit->Rhythmic Sign on First Beat. The result is just what I like:
One last thing. Time signatures in tablature are often not present, but if you want one, here's how you can get one. Click inside the first measure. Now you want the Measure Attributes window: there are several ways to get it. The F2 key should cause it to pop up (your keyboard may need you to press an <F Lock> key), or you can select the menu item View->Measure Attributes Box from the main menu. As if that were not enough, there is also a graphical icon you can click on: . All of these give you a popup window:
Select the "Meter" tab and press whichever button you think fits—I think it's probably cut time.
Incidentally, this is the way you change meter within the music. In fact, if you establish the meter, Fronimo can verify the measure length (see the big, long menu to the left).
Quick Summary of Things to Know or Remember
Here's the things you want to remember in particular: