Lute tablatures

LilyPond supports tablature for lute.

To get additional bass strings use additionalBassStrings, where the pitches of those strings are set. They will be printed below lowest line as: a, /a, //a, ///a, 4, 5, etc.

fret-letter-tablature-format for tablatureFormat should be used, probably also fretLabels for further customizing.

m = { f'4 d' a f d a, g, fis, e, d, c,  \bar "|." }

\score {
    \new Staff { \clef bass \cadenzaOn  \m }
    \new TabStaff \m
  \layout {
    \context {
      tablatureFormat = #fret-letter-tablature-format
    \context {
      stringTunings = \stringTuning <a, d f a d' f'>
      additionalBassStrings = \stringTuning <c, d, e, fis, g,>
      fretLabels = #'("a" "b" "r" "d" "e" "f" "g" "h" "i" "k")

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Known issues and warnings

Using FretBoards with additionalBassStrings is not supported and will yield unsatisfying results.

LilyPond Notation Reference v2.25.10 (development-branch).