Join Rick Schmunk for an in-depth discussion in this video Working with guitar fretboards, part of Finale 2014 Essential Training.
If you're notating lede sheets or guitar specific music, you may want to add fretboard diagrams to your scores. If you're as picky as I am, you may want to choose specific chord voicings, which might require you to create custom fretboard diagrams. So I've opened up the 12_01 Fretboards Start file. And I'm going to begin by showing the fretboards and the score. Now, if you remember from the earlier video, we can go to the chord tool, and then up to the chord menu, and choose show fretboards. Now, when that comes in, this is a bit high over the staff, so I'm going to make some adjustments here.
I'm going to begin by going up to Chord and saying Position Fret Boards. And now I can use the positioning triangles over here on the left to do that. Remember that one on the far left will allow you to change the baseline for the entire score for either the fret boards or the chords. So I'll grab that, I'll drag that down a little bit. That's looking a little bit better. And then I'm going to go back up to the chord menu, and I'm going to choose position chords. And now the same thing will work for the chords.
So I'll grab the far left triangle, and I'll pull that down. And again, I'm just eyeballing that, that might be a little bit tight. There we go, that's looking pretty good. So now that we're in the chord tool I'm taking a look at the fretboard diagrams that have appeared. And these aren't bad but I really don't like this first C major voicing. So I'm going to click on the handle of either the chord or the fretboard. And I'm going to right click and I'm going to choose Edit Chord Definition. Now when this dialogue pops up, notice that underneath the actual chord symbol the first thing you see is this fretboard area.
And if you click the select button it'll take you into a selection dialogue box where you can choose from the available fretboards. I like this one right here, so I'll choose that, I'll click Select, and I'll click OK. And that comes out into the score, and that looks good. As I move over here to the left, the next couple are okay, but I really don't like this a seven altered chord that they've used. So I'm going to go back into that Edit Definition dialogue box. This time, I'm just going to double-click on one of the handles, and it takes us straight there.
When I click select and go into the box, there's only one for that actual chord symbol. And I don't like it, so I'm going to go ahead and click the create button. Which will bring me into the fretboard editor where I can create one from scratch. So I might want to give this a name, so let's call this 7, and in parenthesis, I'll put #9 comma lower case b, one-three for the 13th, and close parenthesis. And I can stipulate which instrument that I'm creating this for, so if I say for Ukulele, you'll notice that it immediately goes to four stings.
And let's go back to the standard guitar. Now this particular chord voice thing that I want to use starts on the 5th fret, so I'm going to go down to the fretboard number area and I'm going to enable the Show Fretboard Number, and I'm going to type a 5 right there. Then I want to add some dots onto these strings, so I'll grab the dot icon there. And I'll click those dots in, and these two are going to be barred by the same finger. So I'm going to choose that symbol, and I'll click and drag that in. The bottom two strings need to muffled.
So I'm going to click the x, and put those above that staff. And that's looking pretty good, so I'll click okay. Is selected now in the Fretboard Selection dialog. I'll click Select, and OK. And now it's back in the score. That's looking good. As I look down the way, I see that I've got the same chord down here at the very end. And I want to use the same chord voicing, just down two frets. Now I could create it all over again, but I can actually go back and edit the one I started with and create a group which will create that same chord voicing for every other scale step.
So let's go ahead and double click that box again. This time I'm going to click edit here in the chord definition dialog. And it takes me right back to where we were. And the group area is already open. By the way, we've got a little toggle here that opens and closes the bottom of the window. And all I want to do is go down here in this area and click the generate button. And when I do that, you'll notice that it generates that same chord symbol for all the other scale steps. And if you look to the right you can see the fret number is changing based upon where that chord needs to be played.
Now I can click OK, okay. Still have the same chord symbol, I didn't actually change it and I can go down here to the end. And I can double click on that chord fretboard. I can go to the Selection dialog, and now notice that that same chord voicing is available, but now it says three frets. And I can click Select, and OK, and assign that. Now let's add one more c major seven chord so I can show you a couple of other things. So on the chord tool I'll click on this last bar and I'll type in C-major9 for this one.
I'll hit return, that throws a chord voicing out there. I'm going to double click and go into the chord definition dialog, click select. Okay, the one that I want to use is not there. So instead, I'm going to click Create, come in here again. I'll give this a name. And now I'm going to add the information here. So this is going to be at the seventh fret. And instead of putting dots here, there's a couple different things that I can do.
I can actually use numbers here, and I can put those in the staff. So I might do something like this, this chord voicing, so it'd look like that. I could also do this by putting the numbers above the fretboard, so let me take my eraser tool and I'll, erase these, real quickly. And I'll use the dot again, I'll put those in. And now I'll put the fingerings above actually that's going to be a three, I'll change that back to one at the top.
I'll click OK, and Select, and OK. And I'll edit that into the score. So, as you can see, adding, creating, and editing fretboard diagrams is not difficult, and it can allow musicians who may not read music to play your songs or compositions.
- Creating and opening Finale scores
- Entering and editing notes
- Copying and pasting selections
- Adding lyrics and chord symbols
- Notating music on the grand staff
- Using layers to notate polyphonic music
- Recording notes in real-time
- Working with small and large scores
- Creating and customizing expressions
- Exporting scores
- Scanning music
- Adding audio and video to Finale scores