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Whether you are a brand-new player who sees the fretboard as a disordered matrix of randomly placed notes or an experienced musician who is trying to breakdown the location of every possible way to play a specific chord: most fretboard visuals don’t allow for a level of interaction that would permit you to customize what you see depending on your specific needs.

The Fretboard Explorer gives you string-by-string and note-by-note control over what you see, and more importantly, what you don’t see as you explore and learn the fretboard.

The user interface allows you to:

  • Deactivate every single string
  • Deactivate every single note
  • Set the visible fretboard range
  • Learn every chord and scale
  • Change the base note or tonic
  • Change the instrument and tuning

You can change the information on the chord diagram:

  • Nothing
  • Notes (Settings) Note names according to your settings
  • Notes (Theory): Note names according to the music theory
  • Intervals
  • Relative notes
  • Fingering

Use the Fretboard Explorer e.g. to:

  • Isolate single string scale views by shutting off all but a single string.
  • Examine the constant relative location and spacing between two notes, for example, a root note and a b5.
  • View triads for the V chord in any key along just three strings at a time by eliminating all extraneous note information for that particular study focus.
  • Experiment with modes by shifting the tonic in any given key.
  • Jump back and forth visually between pentatonic and diatonic scales with a simple screen press or two.
  • Create arpeggios for chords within a specific key/scale and then instantly shift back to a full note by note representation of that same scale.

Matthew Faris’ video gives a comprehensive overview:

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