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Fretted string instrument fingering



The color notation enables to learn or pratice guitar (or any other fretted string instrument) much easier and faster than in black and white.

Colors when playing

The "Script>Performance>Fingering for fretted instrument" shows the notes of the first staff in the frontmost document.

Palette doigté

In the upper part, that represents a guitar neck, each string and cell of the instrument are displayed.

Circle colors match either note values (C, D, E, etc in absolute colors) or the degree in the selected range (in relative colors). Please refer to the "color notation" chapter to learn about absolute and relative colors.

Range selection is made through the "Scale" button (here, a major C scale).

Harmony Assistant is also able to determine the ranges that match the displayed tablature (Search button in the window that opens when clicking "Scale").

Tip: When clicking "Search", a first range is proposed. Clicking again makes another compatible range appear.

The pop-up menu on the right of "Scale" enables to select the display mode. Here, relative colors is selected.

On the right, a match table between colors and degrees (in relative colors) or between colors and notes (in absolute colors) is provided.

When music is playing, notes are highlighted on the neck. If music is not playing, notes at the cursor position are shown on the neck.

It's an intersting way to learn playing or to study a scale.

Not only you see on the virtual neck the place to put your fingers but you also immediately know what note or degree you are playing.

The learning process is much more "aware", and from the beginning oriented toward creativity: for instance it becomes easy to play the same piece elsewhere on the neck, by selecting marks of the same color.

Or to start improvizing on the scale suggested by the software.

Or to enrich the arrangement, by adding extra notes.

These are only a few examples. You'll find much more by yourself when exploring this script capabilities.

You can also find other applications in the "Les grands principes de guitare-et-couleurs" manual (in French only).
You can download it from  this page or by clicking this link), as well as on the Club Guitare-et-couleurs webpages.

Left and right arrows move the cursor on score. A click on the neck inserts the note at the cursor location. Thus you can compose on guitar and easily input the played notes by clicking the virtual neck at the same location.

Note duration is taken from the "Note tools" palette.

The "Apply" button colors (in absolute or relative mode depending on the pop-up selection) selected notes on the staff, or the whole staff if nothing is selected.

Tip: When selecting a scale, you can play it ("Try" button). If Shift key is pressed, a descending scale will be played.

Coloring a staff

Notes on a staff and fingering indications on a tablature can be colored through "Scripts > Notation > Colors > Absolute colored notes" and "Scripts > Notation > Colors > Relative colored notes".

Select the part to color then apply the script.

Here is for instance a staff/tablature in "relative colors":

Script color

You can instantly spot keynotes (in black), thirds (in burgundy) and fifths (in orange).

There is a mass of applications for the staff coloring, for instance if you can't read notes on a score. Through absolute colors, that are quickly memorized, notes can be instantly sight-read, even if you are not trained to this exercise:

portée en couleurs absolues

tablature en couleurs relatives

As well on the staff as on the tablature, you can instantly identify  C (in red), D (in brown), E (in green) etc. Please refer to the "color notation" chapter for a complete list.

Here again, as your exploration goes along, you'll find a bunch of other applications to the absolute or relative coloring of a staff or a tablature.



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