Share Chords and Scales diagrams

In part 1 of this tutorial I showed you how to convert your scale- and chord diagrams from text to png-images using the application Automator.

You created images from Chords & Scales neck diagrams using Apple Pages or TextEdit – or even Spotlight without opening any application.

Share Chords and Scales diagrams

Occasionally you may want to share additional chord, scale or arpeggio diagrams as an explanatory note with  your students. In this second part of the tutorial I show you how to attach, markup and share these images.

 

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  • converts your scale diagram to an image
  • saves the image to the folder My Scales Images
  • opens the application Mail
  • attaches the image to a new email
  • completing subject and message automatically

Watch the movie to get the idea.

 

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Creating PNG-Images from Fonts Using Automator

In this first part of the tutorial I am going to show you how to convert your scale- and chord diagrams from text to png-images using the application Automator that comes with macos. Create images from Chords & Scales neck diagrams you wrote in Apple Pages or TextEdit – or even from Spotlight without opening any application. Part 2 and 3 of this tutorial will cover how to share these images on Facebook, add them to your website, attach them to emails or use them as stamps in forScore.

Watch the movie to get the idea.


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C Major Scale | Diatonic Triads | String Set 234

Diatonic triads in the key of C major on string set 234

This tutorial covers diatonic triads in the key of C major on string set 234. Find previous blog posts with triads on string set 123 in part 1 and part 2 of this tutorial.


Create diatonic triads in a major scale by just shifting the root of each triad down a diatonic second → 2 common tones.

Note the position of the root notes on strings set 234

  • 1st inversion → root on upper (2nd) string
  • 2nd inversion → root on middle (3rd) string
  • root position → root on lower (4th) string

 

Diatonic triads in the key of C major on string set 234

 

The video shows all diatonic triads in the key of C major on string set 234.

 

String 1 → String 4

Create diatonic triads on string set 234 by replacing the upper note of each triad of string set 123 with the same note on string 4 (-1 octave).

  • 2nd inversion on 123 → 1st inversion on 234
  • 1st inversion on 123 → root position on 234
  • root position on 123 → 2nd inversion on 234

 

Diatonic triads in the key of C major on string set 1234

 

Same inversions on string set 123 and 234

Each diagram shows identical triads on string set 123 and 234. However they differ in tone quality due to gauge and length of the played strings.

Diatonic triads in the key of C major on string set 123 and 234

 

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Diatonic triads in the key of G major and F major

Diatonic triads in the key of G major and F major

Create diatonic triads in a major scale by just shifting the root of each triad down a diatonic second → 2 common tones.

The video shows all diatonic triads in the key of G major and F major on string set 123.

 

 

Diatonic Triads in the key of C major

Find the previous blog post covering diatonic triads in the key of C major in part 1 of this tutorial.

 

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Diatonic Triads in the key of G major

To cover all inversions of all triads on string set 123 we start on the Cmaj (IVmaj) triad in the 12th position. Note that the Cmaj triad in the key of G is IVmaj.

Create diatonic triads in the key of G major by just shifting the root of each triad down a diatonic second → 2 common tones.

 

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Click the download link at the end of this blog post to get a free PDF with an overview of all triads and inversions on string set 123 in the key of G major and F major.

 

Diatonic Triads in the key of F major

Again we we start on the Cmaj (Vmaj) triad in the 12th position to cover all inversions of all triads on string set 123. Note that the Cmaj triad in the key of F is Vmaj.

Create diatonic triads in the key of F major by just shifting the root of each triad down a diatonic second → 2 common tones.

 

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Click the download link at the end of this blog post to get a free PDF with an overview of all triads and inversions on string set 123 in the key of G major and F major.

 

All triads in all keys

Now being familiar with all triads and all inversions in the key of Cmaj, Fmaj and Gmaj start to learn triads and their inversions in all other major keys:

Cmaj → Fmaj → Bbmaj → Ebmaj → Abmaj → Dbmaj → Gbmaj → F#maj → Bmaj → Emaj → Amaj → Dmaj → Gmaj → Cmaj

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Adding frets to neck diagrams

By default the fonts Chords and Scales create chord- and scale diagrams with five and six frets. Diagrams for scale patterns using three notes per string, long-form arpeggios or some tetrachord patterns require more than six frets.

It is pretty easy to add any number of frets to these diagrams by connecting and aligning two or more text boxes in Apple Pages as shown in the video. Make sure to set Text Wrap of each text box to None.

 

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Adding frets to a diagram in Apple Pages

 

  • create two neck diagrams with the fonts Chords and/or Scales
  • set Text Wrap of each text box to None
  • cut the lower part of the text box resp. neck diagram to avoid overlaps
  • connect and align text boxes
  • group the text boxes
  • optionally rotate the diagram by 90°

 

Harmonic Major Scale | Diatonic Chords

Completing my previous blog posts about diatonic chords in the major scale, harmonic minor scale and  jazz melodic minor scale  this Keynote presentation deals with the Harmonic Major Scale and its diatonic chords. The scale- and chord diagrams were created with the fonts Chords and Scales. No images or shapes were used.

Create diatonic seventh chords in a harmonic major scale by just shifting the root of each seventh chord up a diatonic second.

Harmonic Major Scale | Diatonic Chords

 

Scales Library

Note for existing users: please send me an email to get the harmonic major scale diagrams for free. The Scales font family needs to be installed on your computer to display the diagrams!

  • 142 free harmonic major scale diagrams
  • in all keys and fret positions
  • for six string guitar
  • add the scale diagrams to your Scales library folder
  • requirements: Scales font family | Mac OS X

 

Spotlight Search Criteria

All diagrams are tagged with keywords helping you to narrow down your search results by typing specific criteria (see also → Library).

Searching for specific scale names

To find harmonic major scale diagrams type the root note  followed by the scale name as shown in the screenshot below.

Harmonic Major Scale

 

Call up the Spotlight menu and type e.g. Db harmonic major. As you type Spotlight builds the list of every match it can find tagged with Db harmonic major. Choose the scale diagram you wish to insert and drag and drop it into an open Pages, Keynote, Guitar Pro or another eligible document.

Chords and Scales Trials | Update

Today I published updated trial versions of the fonts Chords and Scales.

The update contains minor improvements.

Download the free trials here.

Chords and Scales | Free Upgrade

Update Dec. 30th: emails with upgrade instructions sent to all existing users. Please check your mail folders.

Chords and Scales | Six frets

Today I published two new font families Chords VI and Scales VI for neck diagrams. These fonts are an addition to the fonts Chords and Scales expanding the possibilities to create chord-, scale- and arpeggio diagrams in Mac OS X and iOS with six frets. The  font families Chords VI and Scales VI contain the three font styles

  • Normal
  • Nut and
  • Dot

Additionally this upgrade includes:

  • barré chords up to nine strings for Chords and Chords VI

 

Chords and Scales Library

By now the Chords and Scales library coming with fonts for neck diagrams includes about 10.000 chord-, scale- and arpeggio diagrams for guitar, not to mention your custom neck diagrams.

All these diagrams are compatible with the new font families Chords VI and Scales VI as well. Call up the Spotlight menu, choose the neck diagrams you wish to insert and paste them into your document or Keynote presentation. In the font menu change the font familiy from Chords resp. Scales to Chords VI resp. Scales VI.

 

Free Upgrade

This is a free upgrade for existing users.

Chords Dot and Scales Dot | Free Upgrade

Today I published the new font-styles Chords Dot and Scales Dot for neck diagrams. These fonts are an addition to the fonts Chords and Scales expanding the possibilities to create layered chord-, scale- and arpeggio diagrams in Mac OS X and iOS. 

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Creating Layered Neck Diagrams

Create powerful web presentations without the hassle of importing fretboard images or pdf-files from other applications. Only fonts are used in this video – no images. The guitar chord diagrams are written only within Apple Pages and Keynote taking advantage of the features these applications offer (see also → tutorial).

 

Chords and Scales Library

By now the Chords and Scales library coming with fonts for neck diagrams includes about 10.000 chord-, scale- and arpeggio diagrams for guitar, not to mention your custom neck diagrams. All these diagrams can be used with the new font styles Chords Dot and Scales Dot as well. Call up the Spotlight menu,  choose the neck diagrams you wish to insert and paste them into floating text boxes. Use the fonts Chords Dot and Scales Dot for the upper neck diagram.

Free Upgrade

This is a free upgrade for existing customers. Download links will be send to your email address by September 22nd. Update Sept. 19th:  emails sent to all existing users. Please check your emails.

Layered Neck Diagrams | Sneak Peek

New Font Styles | Chords Dot · Scales Dot

Today I want to show you in a short video the upcoming new font styles Chords Dot and Scales Dot complementing the font families Chords and Scales. With this upgrade you are enabled to create layered neck diagrams in Mac OS X and iOS in any combination:

  • scales – scales
  • scales – arpeggios
  • scales – chords
  • chords – chords
  • chords – arpeggios

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Create powerful web presentations without the hassle of importing fretboard images or pdf-files from other applications. Only fonts are used in this video – no images. The chord-, scale- and arpeggio diagrams are written within Apple Pages resp. Keynote taking advantage of the features these applications offer. 

 

Chords and Scales Library

By now the Chords and Scales library coming with fonts for neck diagrams includes about 10.000 chord-, scale- and arpeggio diagrams for guitar, not to mention your custom neck diagrams. All these diagrams can be used with the new font styles Chords Dot and Scales Dot as well. 

Please note that Chords Dot and Scales Dot will be free upgrades for existing customers. Stay tuned!