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8.3 Music Symbols

8.3.1 Guitar Fret and Chord Symbols


Guitar fret diagrams are recognized automatically. Chord symbols written as text can be recognized and automatically converted to fret symbols when Recognize Text Symbols as Chords option is selected prior to scanning. See "Recognition Options", Section 3.5.1. When transposing key signatures, fret symbols transpose and root names will automatically be updated.

8.3.2 Choosing a fret / chord symbol from the library,

If no chord or fret symbol was recognized, one can be selected and inserted using the Gui- tar Chord Library (GCL).


a. Push the fretboard button in the Toolbar or Ctrl + click on any chord symbol nearby.

b. Click above the topmost staff where you want the symbol to be inserted.

c. The Guitar Chord Library and editor will open.


FIGURE 8 - 4: Guitar frets and chord symbols library

d. Select a Root chord. Add a Sharp, Flat, Tonality, Extension and Augmenta- tion as necessary.

e. If the selected chord name matches one stored in the library, a corresponding fret configuration will appear in the right window.

NOTE: If there are multiple fret configurations for the same chord name, the box next to

Primary will be checked. Use the Index scroller to search for alternatives.

f. Push OK. The fret / chord symbol will appear where you previously clicked.

8.3.3 Changing Chord and Fret symbols

If a fret / chord is incorrectly recognized, you can quickly fix it; often by acquiring the value of a nearby chord which is correct.

To copy the value of one fret / chord symbol and apply it to another,

a. Ctrl + click on a chord symbol that is identical or similar to the correct chord name. That chord’s configuration will be inherited and stored by the cursor.

b. Right-click (Option + click for Mac) on the chord symbol that you wish to change. The stored (correct) chord will then appear in the Guitar Chord Library. If you are satisfied with the naming and fingering of the displayed chord, push OK. The correct configuration will be applied to the old chord.

To change an existing chord by selecting one from the library,

a. Select “Guitar Chord Library” from the FILE menu. Or, Ctrl + click on a chord symbol to be changed. Click on the chord again to open the Guitar Chord Library.

b. Change the root chord, tonality or other extension. Fingerings associated with the selected configuration will appear in the diagram to the right.

c. Click OK once you have found an acceptable chord name / fingering configura- tion. The chord will become updated.

If you are unhappy with the fingering diagram or fret positioning of any particular chord, you can permanently change it.

To change the fingering configuration of an existing fret symbol,

a. Push the Change button in the main GCL window to open the Change Guitar Chord editor.

b. Select the Frets tab to open the fingering and frets editor. Edit options are as fol- lows:.


FIGURE 8 - 5: Guitar Chord Library - Fingering Editor

Right-click (Option + click for Mac) on any finger marker inside the fretboard to remove it.

Clear All (grid) removes all current finger markers in fretboard.

String Marker (dot) places a finger marker on any string between frets on the fret- board. Clicking above the fretboard nut (thick line) places an open string symbol (open dot) at any string position.

Barre Marker (arc) places a barre marker above the fretboard by dragging above the nut. When dragged across strings inside the fretboard, the barre marker is positioned between frets.

Mute-string marker (x) places an X above any string position to indicate a muted string. When clicked above the nut, any finger marker of that string is deleted.

For banjo, ukulele, bass or other non-six string fretted instrument or for chords that require more range than 4 frets, choose the configuration you wish from Strings x Frets combo box.

To show fingerings in other than 1st position, choose from Position Selector. The solid line represents the fret position.

c. Once changes have been made, push Done. The original configuration will be permanently replaced when you press OK. If you made a mistake, push Cancel and try again.

8.3.4 Creating a new chord symbol / fret configuration

If the particular chord symbol or fingering configuration you want does not exist, you can add it to the chord library.


a. Push the Guitar Chord button in the Toolbar. The cursor will become a grid.

Click where you want to insert a new chord above a staff line. (Be sure the cor- rect staff is “active”)

b. In the main GCL window, select a Root chord name. Add Sharp, Flat, Tonality, Extension and Augmentation. If the selected configuration does not exist, no diagram will show.

c. Push the Add button to open the Add Guitar Chord editor.

d. Make chord configuration selections in the Label tab and desired fret and finger- ing settings in the Frets tab.

e. Once changes have been made, push Done. In the main GCL window, push OK

is drop the new chord in place.

8.3.5 Adding additional fret configurations to the library

You may wish to add alternative fingering configurations to other chord symbols which share the same chord name. Also, following recognition, you may see some fret symbols without chord names. These can also be configured and added to the library.

To add alternative fret configurations to the Guitar Chord Library,

a. Ctrl + click on any existing chord symbol or push the fretboard button in the Toolbar so the cursor becomes a grid.

b. Click on top of any fret symbol or click anywhere above a staffline to open the chord library.

c. Push the Add button in the main GCL window to open the Add New Chord edi- tor.

d. Make chord configuration selections in the Label tab and desired fret and finger- ing settings in the Frets tab.

e. Push Done. A notice may appear telling you that another fret configuration with the same chord name exists. When asked if you want to add the new chord to the library, select “Yes”.

8.3.6 Guitar Library file management

To export, import, reset or clear a GCL library file,

Press File in the Chord Library window. The Library Management window will open.

Export Library will save the current set of chord and fret configurations to your hard drive as a .GCL file.

Import Library will load a saved guitar chord library from a directory and/or drive. Locate the .GCL file and push OK to load.

Reset to Default will reload original guitar chord library as initially loaded dur- ing installation.

Clear All Chords deletes all current guitar chord library data.

8.3.7 Chord Symbol Preferences

To modify how all chord symbols appear in the ENF view,

a. Open the Chord Symbols tab in Edit > Document Preferences window. Change the default appearance of chords as follows:


FIGURE 8 - 6: Guitar Chord Preferences

Chord Symbol Appearance: Show Fret & Chord names / Frets only / Chords only / None

Long Tonality: Check this off to display Major tonality as “M” and Minor as “m”.

Guitar Chords Scale: Use the scroller to increase or decrease the size of all fret / chord symbols. Scale by percentage.

Chord Name Font Style: Change the default font, style and size for chord symbol names.

b. Press Apply or OK to apply and close.

8.3.8 Editing chord and fret symbols in ENF

To Copy and Paste any fret or chord symbol,

Ctrl + click on the chord symbol you wish to copy. With your mouse, click anywhere to paste the symbol you just clicked on. The Guitar Chord Library will open to confirm your choice. Press OK to insert.

To delete existing chord symbol(s),

Hit the “X” key and click on the symbol you wish to delete. To remove several fret symbols at once, use the Select tool (“O” key) to highlight as many fret symbols as you wish and hit the Delete key.

To move one or more chord symbols,

Use the Select tool (“O” key) and highlight one or more fret symbols. Hold the Shift key down (Nudge mode) (Shift) then drag the control point of any fret symbol. This will move to all selected chord symbols.