|"There's so many ways
to play a song, it all depends on how you feel or what tuning you're in, or even who else
is in the room." - Cyril Pahinui
This nifty applet lets you set the
notes for each string and then maps out a fretboard for chords and scales... which is
great for learning new tunings. Ledward may say "jus' press", but some of
us need all the help we can get.
Use the applet online or download the free file for off-line use (Windows®
systems only). A BIG thanks to Brian Quade for creating the applet and without
hesitation letting me use it here.
|Alternate Guitar Tuning Application
|Best used with Netscape Navigator, or Internet Explorer
4.0 or later.
How to use the Alternate Tuning Application:
|The fret board:
The fretboard displays the chords or scales that you select. Notes are shown in red and
the tuning is shown in blue.
|The tuning buttons:
These are the buttons above the fretboard. There is one tuning button for each string.
Clicking on the top button tunes the string up one note and clicking on the bottom button
tunes the string down one note. You can use these buttons to create your own custom
|The Common Tunings list box:
Select one of these common tunings to immediately tune all six strings to that tuning.
|The Display selections:
Select Notes if you want the fretboard to display notes (for example: C, Eb, F#).
Select Numbers if you want it to display numbers (for example: 3b, 5#,
|The Show selections:
Select Chords if you want to find chords. When chords is selected, the Scale list box will
Select Scales if you want to find Scales. When Scales is selected, the Chord list box will
|The Key list box:
Select the key you want to find chords or scales in. For example, no matter what tuning
you have selected or created, you could look at any chord or a scale in any key.
|The Chord and Scale list boxes:
Only one of these list boxes will be active depending on what is selected in the Show
selection buttons. When you select a chord or scale from these list boxes, that chord or
scale will be displayed on the fretboard in the tuning that you have selected or created
and in the key that you have selected. See the instructions for the Include Notes list box
for how to find chords and scales that are not in the list.
|The Include Notes list box:
When you select a chord or scale, this list box will automatically display all of the
notes in that chord or scale. However, you can manually select or deselect any note simply
by clicking on it. This will allow you to invent your own chords and scales.