Virtual Guitar Fretboard and Display Options

The “answers” to Music Theory questions are rendered as dots on the Virtual Fretboard.  The dots represent locations on the fretboard for a given note (i.e. where to put your finger on fretboard).  This is an interactive tool, so go ahead and experiment, and ask Music Theory questions (use the web forms).  You might learn a few things about notes, intervals, scales or chords and get a better understanding of the guitar fretboard.

Display Options

You can use the Display Options to change and explore the fretboard view.  Hand Preference allows you to specify right or left hand.  The Guitar Perspective lets you view the virtual fretboard as if your guitar was in your lap or if you were facing another guitar player.

There are also options for Tuning (standard and alternative / open tunings), fret / hand Position and Width (how many frets to utilize, for note display).  You can also choose to Include Open Notes (yes/no), or allow specific Allow String Selection (default is all 6 strings).

You can also specify Notes (occurrences on fretboard), such as lowest position occurrence, highest position occurrence, ALL occurrences, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th occurrences of the virtual fretboard.  You can change the Color of the dots appearing on the fretboard (i.e. cyan, green, blue, etc).  The Color selection also includes an option called “ebony+ivory” (like piano keys), which will display white dots for natural notes and black dots for sharp and flat notes.

Virtual Fretboard

Under the fretboard there is a button titled “Clear Fretboard” which allows you to clear previously painted dots.  There is also an Auto Clear Notes option (yes/no).  When Auto Clear Notes is “yes” (default setting), it means that each time you click web form button (i.e. “View Notes”) it will clear out the previously painted dots from the virtual fretboard.  If you set Auto Clear Notes to “no”, it allows you retain the existing dots (note locations) and add more dots with the next question / answer from the web service.  You can use Auto Clear Notes set to “no” along with Color selection.  That means you can dots of different colors on the fretboard.  For example, you might want to have a “root note” (of scale or chord) in one color, and the other note dots in a different color.

Note: The layout of the Display Options and Virtual Fretboard, lesson text, etc. may change eventually, as I would like to make the online lesson webpages “responsive” to different screen widths (PC monitor, laptop screen, smart phones or tablet computers).  But the types of Display Options and what they mean and how they work will still remain the same.

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