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Slashes and Chord Diagrams

The latest version of GuitarSharp that has just been released contains a couple of really useful features which were requested by one of our users. Let me give you an overview of these:

Slash / Rhythm Notation

The Note Styles toolbox now allows the Slash Notation to be assigned to Notes and Chords by dragging and dropping the Slash Adornment from the toolbox onto the Note/Chord, or by using the “/” keyboard key. The Slash Notation is a type of purposefully vague musical notation which indicates a player can improvise their own rhythm pattern or it indicates the repeat playing of the previously indicated chord. This can also help make the music easier to read.

SlashNotation

In the example above, you can see on the left that the A chord had to be previously written 4 times, but with this new version you can select to display the chord in the Slash Notation as shown in the right example.

Chord Diagrams

GuitarSharp previously allowed you to display the Chord Diagrams of commonly used chords in a Part in the title of the Part. This new version of GuitarSharp extends this further to also allow you to display Chord Diagrams directly above the actual chord where they are played. This makes it really easy to see the fingering of the chord without have to keep referring to the Chord Diagrams in the title.

ChordDiagramLegends

As you can see in  the above example, the first chord in each bar has been configured to display its Chord Diagram and Name above it. This means that when you are far into a piece you don’t need to keep referring to the Chord Diagrams that are way up in the title. This option can be set from the Chord Properties screen which is shown when clicking on the chord in the Chord Toolbox.

Accompanied Chord Diagrams

Similar to the Chord Diagrams above, sometimes it is useful to know the chords that an accompanying player is playing at the time, or to indicate the chord to strum whilst the tune is being played.

AccompaniedChords

The above example shows that whilst the tune is being played, the accompanying player would be playing an A chord at the beginning of the first bar, and a B chord at the beginning of the next bar. This is just for illustrative purposes! Usually the single notes being played would match one of the notes in the chord that is being played otherwise the melody would sound rather odd. But anyway, the ability to add this Chord Diagram Adornment means that you can describe the rhythm part of the music whilst you are looking at the tune. This saves you switching between parts to see each player’s music and also helps to synchronise the playing of the players. This feature can be added by just dragging and dropping the Chord Diagram Adornment from the toolbox on the notes.

Thanks for the suggestions

We are really grateful for these suggestions from our users. If you have any suggestions for changes or new features to GuitarSharp, then feel free to drop us a message from the GuitarSharp website or from the Feedback menu in the GuitarSharp application. We are really keen to hear from our users and want to develop GuitarSharp further to make it the best software package for guitarists of all abilities.

A better way of importing

The new version of GuitarSharp has an improved way of importing files from the web. Previously this was a little bit cumbersome so we have streamlined this process a lot now. This feature is called Cloud Import and can be access from the new Welcome screen shown at startup, or from the File menu.

The Cloud Import feature works a little like Google does. You type in some details of the song you are wanting, and it will search some popular guitarists web sites to see whether they offer any matching songs. You can then double-click on the returned results to be directed to the specific web site. This allows the owning web site to still benefit from your traffic (and advertising revenues too), but also makes the importing of the offered files into GuitarSharp a more automated process.

Lets look at an example then. We want to learn to play Sweet Child O’ Mine and so we want to easily import this song into GuitarSharp. Using the Cloud Import screen, we can enter a brief description of the song and click Search:

Cloud Import results screen in GuitarSharp

We are returned a list of matches that were found and the name of the website that hosts the matching songs. Once we have decided which one in the search results we would like to look at further, we can double-click on the item to pick it.

Each website has their own specific instructions on how to download the file. For the excellent Ultimate Guitar website, a message like this will be shown indicating that from the Ultimate Guitar website you should click their Download Guitar Pro Tab button to get the file onto your computer:

Ultimate Guitar Cloud Import instructions

Once you have downloaded a file a few times from a website, these steps will become second nature and you can just dismiss this prompt when it is displayed.

You will now be directed off to the relevant website for you to select your file, but GuitarSharp will now be showing this screen to complete the import process:

CloudImport3

This screen is where the main improvements to the import process live. Previously you would have to manually locate the downloaded file yourself and then import it into GuitarSharp. But this screen will now actively monitor for files being downloaded onto your computer and when it detects a matching one, it will trigger an auto import. This means your downloaded file will automatically get loaded into GuitarSharp once the website’s download has completed. This makes things so much smoother.

But what if your browser doesn’t download files to the usual locations, or you decide to download your file to a folder of your choice? Well, we’ve tried to handle that too and make it easier. In these situations you can drag and drop the downloaded file from Windows Explorer onto the shaded area shown in the screen and that will trigger the auto import of the file. Alternatively, you can still use the good old fashioned Browse button to go and find the file yourself if you prefer.

If you want to know where your browser has downloaded your files to,  most browsers will allow you to right click on the file downloaded which is shown at the bottom of your browser’s screen. There will be an option entitled something similar to Show In Folder, which when clicked on will open a Windows Explorer to this location where you can then drag and drop the file from.

Have you seen the November issue of ComputerMusic?

Have you seen the November 2018 issue of ComputerMusic.

ComputerMusic November 2018 Issue

This edition’s CD contains some really useful VST Effects for guitarists that can be loaded into GuitarSharp as we discussed in this earlier blog post.

In particular is the Shattered Glass Audio Inferno CM VST Effect. Which looks like this:

InfernoCM Shattered Glass Audio VST Effect in GuitarSharp

This VST Effect emulates a Pre Amp and can be used to provide some Overdrive to your guitar sound. But a great use of this VST Effect is the ability to apply a High Pass and Low Pass filter. When you connect a guitar to your computer, you can often hear unwanted background noise and by using the filters here you can cut these out.

Also on the magazine’s CD is the Audio Assault GrindMachine CM VST Effect. This VST Effect provides a range of amplifier emulators. You can play around with a range of different settings – and the names are great too! Below is the Kamikaze Attitude setup !!:

The Kamikaze Attitude VST Effect in GuitarSharp

So whenever you fancy taking a break from your guitar practice, its just great fun playing around with all these settings and just enjoying the fantastic sounds that your guitar can make. We hope you enjoy it.

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