This tool is intended specifically to study bass guitar. In particular, my study of the bass.
It is not intended to be a generic music editor.
This might help explain some of its slightly odd behavior.
The app is only for 4 string basses. Since I have no intention to playing a 5 string or more, so the app will likely remain this way.
I've been told that if you can play a 5 string bass, you won't need this app.
There are tooltips in the page but those will only appear if you can hover, thus will only be useful with a mouse.
About half the hints for the app are there and will not be repeated here.
Quick demo: click "Get the blues" button on the bottom of the page, then Play. You will need a good set of speakers
to hear the bass notes. Typically a tablet or phone has no bass at all. Headphones likely will help.
To add a note to the song, first adjust the note chord, chord modifiers, duration, and lyrics.
Then press the string just left of the fret.
Typically is is a note in the circle or square, but all strings and frets are always active.
The red circles are the roots, the orange are 5th's, the pink are 3rd's, the yellows are 7th's.
Selecting a rest will enter it immediately. Rests can have lyrics.
Occasionally there will be a chord change in a song without a corresponding bass note. This can be
accommodated with the "noteless chord or lyric" button. Guitar players go nuts if any of the chords are missing.
Select a note on the score by clicking it. You should get a blue box around it in the score and its circle
on the fretboard will become a square. All of the options will reflect the selected note.
A red box in the score indicates an insert area between two notes.
There are no bar measures to add. When the measure is full of notes, a bar (the end of the measure) will appear.
Delete will start deleting at the end of the note's lyrics until they are gone and then it will delete the note.
To alter a property of a note, select it, change the property (chord, duration, lyric, etc.) and then re-click the square on the
fretboard. Adjustments to the note's properties are not immediate. They will be forgotten if the note
is not re-entered. This is odd behavior I'm struggling to decide if it's a bug or a feature.
After a single note select (in the blue box), the enter key will assign the modifications to the note. These properties
include chord, chord modifier, duration and lyrics.
The mouse wheel will alter the score selection. The delete key will delete.
Once the score area is selected, the right arrow key, tab or enter will advance the score selection. The left arrow key will select the
prior selection. The up and down arrow keys will change the score line offset vertically.
While looping, click a different bar. The loop will stop and restart with the clicked bar as the first in the sequence.
This avoids the stop that would otherwise be required.
To Do List:
multiple note selects, copy, paste, change chord, etc.
better Swing control
play chords with guitar sounds, not bass.
section definition and playback sequencing. Nashville'ish style?
Read and write custom rhythms to/from a file
remember custom notation
apply custom beat to existing song
apply custom beat and/or blues to a segment
Undo of file read or "get the blues" should be the whole song.
Allow notes to slide across bar boundaries.
Hints change the aspect ratio of the sheet music.
Multiple page prints are quite poor.
Swinging 8th notes now span more than 1 note are visually damaged but play correctly.
No one who knows music well has validated the accuracy of this app.
It's been developed on Google Chrome so I have little idea what other browsers may do. I try to keep it running on Safari.
The immediate voicing of notes on a fretboard click can have audio issues.
The file name extension ".txt" is accurate but leads to the user trying to read/write text files!
More complicated time signatures will not likely appear.
There are problems with 6 and 7 flats or sharps around E#, Cb and the like.
Fixed quick change blues bars 9 & 10.
Added simple ties. Can only tie two notes, not multiple.
Hard swing is now the default type.
Added verbal count check box. When checked, a verbal count is heard. At 110 bpm or less, an "and" is heard as well.
Left chord notes on during playing.
Added swing type selection. Fixed a few issues with swing.
"Finished" mode removed.
I believe I've fixed the audio level of the bass diminishing.
Eased lyrics entry. Try enter or right arrow.
Score will now consume more of the window on large displays.
Fixed some Safari issues.
Hihat is now independent of the Drums toggle. To turn it off, select "None".
The hi hat has been added. The type of action can be selected.
The beats per minute started at 120 despite what was displayed. This has been fixed.
Swinging 8th notes now span more than 1 note, i.e. 2.
Swinging 8th notes are now barred.
Fretboard "presses" have been moved to the center between frets.
Added power 5 chord, e.g. C5
A click on the score during a short loop will restart the loop on the clicked bar.
Blues quick change bars 9 and 10 were fixed ( they were V-IV instead of IV-V )