Prototype – Guitar Note Locator

Here is one of the prototype online lessons / exploration tools that I created as part of my Capstone Project at Marlboro Grad Center.

Guitar Note Locator

Description: You can locate notes in standard guitar tuning (EADGBE) and other tunings on the guitar fretboard diagram below.  Have you ever experimented with alternate tunings, like Open G or Drop D tunings, and wondered, “now, where did the notes go?”.  Well, now you can find them.  You can also hover/hold your mouse over any given fret/string and see the note name appear. You have various options to choose from, so feel free to experiment.

The Guitar Note Locator allows you to specify a given musical note (ABCDEFG + sharps and flats = white and black piano keys).  When you click the “View Notes” button, the location of the notes with that note name will appear on the virtual fretboard.

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).

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