Notes – Instructions

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The Purpose

The purpose of this app is to teach you the notes on the guitar fretboard.

This is the the first step in my series of guitar apps which aim to teach you how to apply music theory to the guitar fretboard.

Learn about more apps in this series on my website:

I don’t know any notes – where do I start?

If you:

  • don’t yet know any notes on the fretboard
  • want to know how to go about learning the notes on the fretboard

then please read this blog post

My Experience

At the time of writing this app, I had not played electric guitar for a number of years and had been focusing on the acoustic guitar.

For this reason, my knowledge of frets 12 – 24 was quite shaky as opposed to frets 0 – 12 where, using this app, I could name the note within 3 seconds.

Using the fret range settings in the app, I focused first on frets 12 – 15 for a few days, then on frets 17 – 19 for a few days.

After a week, this was enough to gain sufficient knowledge to be able to fill in the gaps and name all notes on frets 12 – 24 within 7 seconds using this app.

As I am writing these instructions, I am focusing on improving my speed at naming notes on frets 12 – 24 and am looking forward to moving onto ‘Intervals’ – the next app in the series.

Playing the Game

The Basics

When starting the game, you will be presented with the image of a fretboard upon which a single fret will be highlighted with a red circle.

Using the note quality buttons:

  • A, B, C, D, E, F, G

and the accidental buttons:

  • flat (b), natural (natural_small), sharp (#)

select the note you believe to be highlighted and hit the GO button.

NOTE: The note quality and accidental buttons default to ‘A Natural’ each time a new question is started.

Correct Answer

If you are correct, the:

  • “Answer is correct” message

will be displayed on screen.

Incorrect Answer

If you are incorrect:

  • the correct answer and
  • the “Answer Incorrect” message

will be displayed on screen.

The Timer

If the timer is enabled, then you have a limited time in which to answer the question.

The timer decrements in one second intervals and when only five seconds remain, is displayed in red.

The timer can be enabled/disabled and the interval altered using the game play options.

If you fail to provide an answer in the alotted time then:

  • the correct answer and
  • the “Time Up” message

will be displayed on screen.

If the timer is enabled, then the average time in which questions have been correctly answered is displayed on screen and is updated following each correct answer.

The Skip Button

A skip button is provided in case you wish to skip a question.

If a question is skipped then:

  • the correct answer and
  • the “Skipped” message

will be displayed on screen.

If scoring is enabled then the skipped question is treated as an incorrect answer.

After skipping a note, a new note will be highlighted on the fretboard.

No.Correct / Incorrect

The number of correct answers and the total number of questions so far posed is displayed in the format:

  • No Correct/Total No. Questions So Far

Set Size

The number of questions which constitutes a game is referred to as the:

  • “Set size”

and is displayed on screen.

This value can be altered in game play options.

Scoring

Scoring and Rating have been added to the game to give you a way to track your progress.

Scoring Algorithm

The scoring algorithm is as follows:

Timer Disabled

  • Incorrect answer : 0 points
  • Correct answer : 10 points

Timer Enabled

  • Incorrect answer : 0 points
  • Correct answer :The score depends on the time taken to answer the question
    • >=10 secs : 10 points
    • 9 secs : 20 points
    • 8 secs : 30 points
    • 7 secs : 40 points
    • 6 secs : 50 points
    • 5 secs : 60 points
    • 4 secs : 70 points
    • 3 secs : 80 points
    • 2 secs : 90 points
    • 1 secs : 100 points

As each game can consist of a different number of questions, the final score is divided by the total number of questions answered.

This results in a final score with a possible maximum of 100.

Ratings

A rating system is employed consisting of the following 5 ratings:

Score:

  • 80-100 : Dominant
  • 60-80 : Augmented
  • 40-60 : Major
  • 20-40 : Minor
  • 0-20 : Diminished

Your score and rating is displayed at the end of each game and all ratings/scores can be viewed on the high score screen.

Hi Score Screen

The hi-score screen displays the following information about each game:

  • Score
  • No. correct answers
  • No. questions asked
  • Average answer time
  • Rating
  • Fret range
  • String range
  • Date and time of game

Settings

Game Play Options

  • Question set size: Alters the number of questions which constitute a game
    • Range: 5 – 50
    • Default: 25
  • Enable Timer: Select whether a timer is to be used
  • Timer Interval : Timer interval in seconds
    • Range: 1 – 60
    • Default: 30
  • Enable Scoring: Select whether scoring is to be used
  • Enable Sound Effects: Select whether sound effects should play. Sounds are played for the following:
    • Correct Answer
    • Incorrect Answer
    • Question Skipped
    • Time Up
    • Game Over

Fretboard Range Options

  • Lowest (Pitch) String: Set the lowest pitch string which you should be questioned on
    • Range: 1 (Top E String) – 6 (Bottom E String)
    • Default: 6 (Bottom E)
  • Highest (Pitch) String: Set the highest pitch string which you should be questioned on
    • Range: 1 (Top E String) – 6 (Bottom E String)
    • Default: 1 (Top E)
  • Lowest Fret: Set the lowest fret which you should be questioned on
    • Range: 0 – 24
    • Default: 0
  • Highest Fret: Set the highest fret which you should be questioned on
    • Range: 0 – 24
    • Default: 24

Fretboard Settings Options

  • Fretboard Type: Select whether a right handed or left handed guitar fretboard should be displayed
    • Values: Right Handed Guitar | Left Handed Guitar
    • Default: Right Handed Guitar
  • Tunings: Alter the tunings of each of the strings
    • Range: A – G#
    • Default: Standard Tuning (E,A,D,G,B,E)

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