Manual

The Main Window

Every thing should be pretty easy !

Let’s begin by the Main Window. It consists of three panels, each panel showing the keyboard, the instrument menu, the tonality box, the degrees grid.

First panel shows Scales, the second one shows Chords, the third one is Custom. This one allow you to show your own choose of notes on the keyboard.

You change tonality by clicking on the tonality list you want to use.

You can also change musical notations, using the Sharps and Flats buttons.

In the Scale panel, you can choose the scale type.
In the Chord panel, you can choose the chord type.
In the Custom panel, you choose the notes to show on the keyboard.

Custom panel will display a list of suggested chords forms when 2 or more notes are selected, as well as a list of suggested scales.

More, you can open several windows, showing for example a chord and his related scale.

At least, you can print or copy the keyboard to paste it elsewhere !

Octaves

You can easily change the number of octave and the octave to use.

Keyboard

You can change and customize the keyboard appearance, via the “Preferences window”.

Make sure to use Unicode Fonts to gets Sharps and Flats.

You can choose Font, Font size, first keyboard note, selection color and shape, Keyboard settings,…

Playing

If the Play button is pushed, the scale or chord will be played with the keyboard sound selected. You can change the sound in the menu and adjust the volume.
If you want to play descending, just press the shift key.

You can also hit the space bar to play.

The Degree Grid

Depending on the panel, it will show the notes in scale, the notes in chord, or the custom notes.

For example, these are the notes in a GM7 chord.
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Clicking on the name of the note will highlight the notes on the keyboard.

Clicking on the degree will allow you to change the colors used, with several colors pickers.

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Your choice of colors will be saved.

The Practice Window

You make the Practice window appear with the “Tools” menu.

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First comes a metronome. You can set the time signature, the volume, and the first beat emphasis.

The player will allow you to play sound files of any king, even video files. When a file is selected, an alias or shortcut is created into “GuitarTools” favorites folder. Then you will be able to select it via the popupmenu and to play it.

The metronome

Well, just click on “Start” and adjust the beat !

You can also select the time signature and emphasize the first beat.

The player and favorites folder

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The favorites folder can handle files ( or aliases or shortcuts ). Every file you ‘ll add in this folder will have his name in the favorites menu.

More, if you choose and open a playable file, a shortcut will be created in the Favorites folder.

Just select it now and click on the “Play Button” to practice along the tune ! The tune will play in loop until you stop it !

The favorites folder is automatically created in your “user” folder and named “Guitar Tools Favorites” :
– Mac OS : Users:user:Document:
– Windows : \user\My Documents\

The “Folder button” will open and reveal your Favorites folder.

The Circle Window

You make the Circle of fifths and fourths appear with the “Window” menu.

It displays the circle of fifths and fourths. When the checkbox is enabled, the circle will follow the tonality chosen in the main window. If not checked, the circle will stay unchanged even if Tonality is modified in the main window.

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Tonality assistant :

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The Preference Window

You will find the Preference Window :
– in the Application Menu on a Mac,
– under the “Edit Menu” on whatever Window version you are using.

All the settings are grouped here and the window consists of 4 panels : Keyboard, Metronome, General, and Update

Keyboard

Here, you can customize the keyboard options and appearance.
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You can choose Font, Font size, first keyboard note, selection color and shape,…

Make sure to use Unicode Fonts to gets Sharps and Flats.


Metronome

You can use the default metronome or customize it with the midi drum kit.

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General

This one allows you to customize all windows appearance. You can choose the background color and the list alternate color.

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Under Windows, you can choose to use QuickTime ( if installed ) for the player.

Update

Choose if you want to check for update on startup, or manually.

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