The color notation
enables to learn or pratice guitar (or any other fretted string
instrument) much easier and faster than in black and white.
The "Script>Performance>Fingering for fretted instrument" shows
the notes of the first staff in the frontmost document.
Colors when playing
In the upper part, that represents a guitar neck, each string and cell
of the instrument are displayed.
Circle colors match either note values (C, D, E, etc in absolute
colors) or the degree in the selected range (in relative colors).
Please refer to the "color notation"
chapter to learn about absolute and relative colors.
Range selection is made through the "Scale" button (here, a major C
Harmony Assistant is also able to determine the ranges that match the
displayed tablature (Search button in the window that opens when
When clicking "Search", a first range is proposed. Clicking again makes
another compatible range appear.
The pop-up menu on the right of "Scale" enables to select the display
mode. Here, relative colors is selected.
On the right, a match table between colors and degrees (in relative
colors) or between colors and notes (in absolute colors) is provided.
When music is playing, notes are highlighted on the neck. If music is
not playing, notes at the cursor
position are shown on the neck.
It's an intersting way to learn playing or to study a scale.
Not only you see on the virtual neck the place to put your fingers but
you also immediately know what note or degree you are playing.
The learning process is much more "aware", and from the beginning
oriented toward creativity: for instance it becomes easy to play the
same piece elsewhere on the neck, by selecting marks of the same color.
Or to start improvizing on the scale suggested by the software.
Or to enrich the arrangement, by adding extra notes.
These are only a few examples. You'll find much more by yourself when
exploring this script capabilities.
You can also find other applications in the "Les
de guitare-et-couleurs" manual (in French only).
You can download it from this
page or by clicking this link), as
well as on the Club
Left and right arrows move the cursor on score. A click on the neck
inserts the note at the cursor location. Thus you can compose on guitar
and easily input the played notes by clicking the virtual neck at the
Note duration is taken from the "Note tools" palette.
The "Apply" button colors (in absolute or relative mode depending on
the pop-up selection) selected notes on the staff, or the whole staff
if nothing is selected.
When selecting a scale, you can play it ("Try" button). If Shift key is
pressed, a descending scale will be played.
Notes on a staff and fingering indications on a tablature can be
colored through "Scripts > Notation > Colors > Absolute
colored notes" and "Scripts > Notation > Colors
> Relative colored notes".
Coloring a staff
Select the part to color then apply the script.
Here is for instance a staff/tablature in "relative colors":
You can instantly spot keynotes (in black), thirds (in burgundy) and fifths (in orange).
There is a mass of applications for the staff coloring, for instance if
you can't read notes on a score. Through absolute colors, that are
quickly memorized, notes can be instantly sight-read, even if you are
not trained to this exercise:
As well on the staff as on the tablature, you can instantly
identify C (in red), D (in brown), E (in green) etc. Please refer
to the "color notation" chapter for a
Here again, as your exploration goes along, you'll find a bunch of
other applications to the absolute or relative coloring of a staff or a