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FretMapp Suite
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FretMapp Suite :

Scales Explorer



FretMapp ( Free! )

Song Assistant

Barre Chords Explorer

Karl's Pentatonics

Scales Explorer

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Left-Handed Support



I designed and created each of these software modules for a target audience. Other

people might find something useful in these modules as well, but in my mind it was

always a SONGWRITER who would want the Song Assistant Module, a RHYTHM

GUITARIST who would want the Barre Chords Explorer (and the FretMapp Module),

a LEAD GUITARIST who would study my System of PIVOT-POINT Pentatonics

(and the FretMapp Module) ... and a GUITAR TEACHER who would use the Scales

Explorer Module.

The other modules all have a specific focus: finding a root note for this Barre Chord,

trying out a new minor-flavored chord in My Song, choosing a pattern for My Solo ...

on THIS part of the neck where I like the tone (and the strings BEND more easily).

Scales Explorer, however, is more like a spreadsheet -- able to make calculations

and show results on the screen. But WHATEVER IT IS that gets CALCULATED

or DISPLAYED on the two fretboards, and how the content of one fretboard relates

(or doesn't relate !) to the content of the other one ... depends on the user having

SOME IDEA of what they are trying to demonstrate or investigate. It is for this

reason that I say "Scales Explorer is for Guitar Teachers". If you are not a Guitar

Teacher, but still want to get the complete version of Scales Explorer, I think that

would be great -- just be aware that this module is not as obvious in its purpose

as the other modules.

Here are some examples of using Scales Explorer for teaching:

RELATIVE MINOR : The same players are on the field ...

(then show scale roots) ... but each fretboard has a different team member as CAPTAIN.

PATTERN OVERLAP : Help students

visualize how Pentatonic Patterns OVERLAP.

A-minor & A-Major :

Same TEAM CAPTAIN (the scale root) ... Different TEAM MEMBERS ...

... F C & G Naturals (blue, minor) ... become F C & G Sharps (yellow, major).

Why are they SHARPS? Can we call them G D & A FLATS?

NO, because then there would be an A-Natural PLUS an A-Flat

and a D-Natural PLUS a D-Flat. Each alphabet letter should get used

EXACTLY ONE TIME, which only works HERE by using SHARPS.

NOTE: the rounded rectangles were not produced by FretMapp Suite, they were

added to the website graphics to show which areas to point out to your student.

C-Major & C-minor :

Same TEAM CAPTAIN (the scale root) ... Different TEAM MEMBERS ...

... B E & A Naturals (yellow, major) ... become B E & A Flats (blue, minor).

Why are they FLATS? Can we call them A D & G SHARPS?

NO, because then there would be a D-Natural PLUS a D-Sharp

and a G-Natural PLUS a G-Sharp. Each alphabet letter should get used

EXACTLY ONE TIME, which only works HERE by using FLATS.

ATTENTION TEACHERS: the Barre Chords Explorer Module can be used to explain

how major & minor 7th INTERVALS combine with major & minor TRIADS to make

the three most common types of 7 chord.

Start by displaying the NATURAL NOTES on the left fretboard. Then -- for any given

chord root and any choice of Chord-Shape-Family -- display this sequence of chord

types: Major, Major-7, 7 (also called dominant 7), minor-7. Only one fretmarker dot

will move each time, and each time it will move a distance of one fret. Explain to

your student which interval is changing for each dot move, and which TRIAD +

INTERVAL combination produces which CHORD type (as shown on HELP PAGE 7).

RIGHT NOW you can click on ** View Help Pages ** & read pages 11-13 for more info.

FretMapp Suite comes with demo versions of ALL in-App-Purchase modules.

Click the VIEW HELP PAGES link to the left of the Screen Shot, and read

Help Page ZERO for more info on demo versions (also called free versions).

View Help Pages 13-15

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