1. The leather strap
can be attached to the neck of the guitar just past the nut.
The strap can be placed under or on top of the strings with
the open end of the pocket at the top. Ensure that the open
end of the pocket is flush with the top edge of the neck. The
strap can be secured using the Velcro pads on the back of the
neck ensuring that it is tight and taking care not to snap any
2. Remove the HandyTab
from the drawstring bag and insert the "HandyTab"
engraved long flat blade into the open end of the pocket. The
horizontal part of the blade should rest on the leather strap
over the neck.
3. Uncoil the flexible
gooseneck to the desired position ready for attaching the tab
or sheet music.
4. Use a 1 penny coin
or similar to hold tabs or sheet music to the magnet on the
HandyTab. Make sure that the coin is placed central to the top
of the sheet so that the sheet music hangs vertically. Fix the
sheet to the curved edge of the magnet. See diagram A or B
5. Move the flexible
gooseneck to the required position; experiment and try angling
the gooseneck back to support the paper along its length in
addition to the magnet.
6. The HandyTab can remain
mounted on the guitar after use; simply bend the magnet back
to the bottom end of the flexible gooseneck where the magnet
will hold it in place. Diagram C
7. If you prefer to
remove the HandyTab just slip the blade out of the pocket in
the leather strap and gently coil the HandyTab until it just
fits into the drawstring bag. Do not over coil the Flexible
Gooseneck as this can cause the Gooseneck to become noisy. The
leather strap can remain on the guitar as it is very unobtrusive.
8. Periodically tighten
the leather strap to minimise any movement of the HandyTab at
the point where it is mounted on the guitar. It may be necessary
to retune the guitar after adjustment.
HandyTab was created to provide a simple
and compact method of holding single sheet tabs or chord sheet
for practising where a conventional music stand is not practical.
Careful positioning of the HandyTab can hide the fretting
hand from the guitarist to encourage playing without looking.
In addition the tab or chord sheet can be placed very close
to the guitarist for those who have difficulty in reading
tablature on a music stand.
The flexible positioning of the HandyTab
can aid good posture; if you get up and walk around the music
will go with you. HandyTab can be set up ready for use in
seconds and tabs can be changed very quickly.