Fretboard and editing chords

If I can choose a voicing to have Scaler 2 give me chords in the different positions on the fretboard, please let me know… But I’ve been editing chords to get the desired voicings. e.g. I can edit to get a first position A maj. But how do I get an A at the 5th fret? Editing seems to add/remove the note at all frets, so I can’t just get notes at 5th -7th. I’m sure I’m missing something obvious.

I’m sorry to continue to be such a newb, but when I hover over a chord in Section C, what is the purpose off highlighting notes all over the fretboard? I don’t seem to be able to make a chord from the highlighted notes? Any reply or pointer to info would be greatly appreciated. How can I play chords in different neck positions?

Hi @mbrowne

Just wanted to add my thoughts here regarding your prediciment.

The short answer being that with regards to guitar, Scaler treats each instance of a note across the fretboard (e.g. open A string and 5th fret E string) as the same note. So to make an A major chord on the fifth fret, you can just ignore the duplicates of each note at lower/higher positions.

From Scaler’s perspective, guitar is a little different from piano in that there are multiple instances of the same note across different strings/frets, whereas on piano, each note appears once.

In the case of a basic triad, there is only one way (position) to play that exact chord in that register on piano, whereas there are potentially many ways on guitar. So translating a Scaler chord to a practical guitar chord shape is not always straight forward.

This being the case, Scaler instead displays all the locations for each note within a chord across the fretboard, and it’s really up to the user to construct a chord shape from those notes (again by ignoring duplicates).

In light of this, the chord charts which can be displayed via fretboard tools are not generated by the chords they’re displayed above, but in fact represent common guitarist interpretations of each chord, across different fret positions (selectable via the arrows beneath). So a basic triad chord in Scaler may be accompanied by a chord chart displaying more than three notes e.g. first position A major chord which uses 5 strings/notes.

Hope this helps!

It does indeed. Thank you!