How to insert right-hand chords in Tabledit

When I started using Tabledit, I always struggled to put in right-hand chords, that is to say three or more notes played at the same time on the treble keyboard. It is actually very easy, and it is also very well explained in Tabledit’s manual.

The full PDF manual can be downloaded from Tabledit’s site, here is the link:;

Here’s the online manual (section dedicated to diatonic accordion and concertina):

Although the instructions are very clear, I know there are people who still have a hard time inserting right-hand chords, so I thought a tutorial with a few images would make life easier for them and I created a sort of “Right-hand chords in Tabledit for dummies”. 🙂

Let’s get started!

First of all, make sure the Special Effects Palette is enabled and, if it isn’t, go to Display>Palettes>Special Effects, and tick it:


All we have to do now is follow the manual’s instructions.

In order to enter a right-hand chord consisting of three notes:

– switch to 1/64 viewing mode

OK, perhaps you are just starting out with Tabledit and you don’t know how to switch to 1/64 viewing mode. Look at the picture below and click the little note symbol circled in red.


– enter the three notes at 1/64th note intervals

– select all three notes as a block


– finally, select the chord effect from the alternate Special Effects palette (the next-to-the-last button in the palette).

In the image below, I circled the chord effect button in dark red, so that it’s clearly visible and you easily understand which button you have to click.


Done! After clicking the chord effect button, your chord will appear as in this image.

If you want to change the duration of the notes after completing this proceeding, you must select the three notes and click on the chord effect symbol again. You will see the notes one after the other, no longer grouped in a chord. Then you will simply need to choose the duration you wish selecting one of the little notes in the top-left corner (see image below).


Click the chord symbol once again as shown in the image below, and the notes will still be grouped in a chord.


You can obviously also choose different durations for each note of the chord, the proceeding is always the same: click the chord effect button (image 1) and select the desired duration for each note.

Image 1

Image 1


Final result

Now you can switch back to 1/8 or 1/16 viewing mode, which is much more practical to work with.

I hope this little tutorial helped you. See you soon!


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