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Notation Reference



Tom Napoli

Notation Reference

Is there a music notation reference on this site? I'm looking for a comprehensive treatment of guitar chord finger charts and tab charts. I occasionally see notations used in AG that I don't recognize and for which no explanation is given in the issue. One recent example is a guitar chord chart with finger positions noted by both black dots and white dots. What's a white dot indicate?


Posted 1 year ago by Tom Napoli - 6 replies

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Scott Nygaard

We will be adding our complete notation guide to the new site very soon. White dots in tab are unusual, but they indicate alternative fingerings -- to show that an artist sometimes plays a voicing one way and sometimes another.


Reply posted 1 year ago by Scott Nygaard


Tom Napoli

Thanks Scott! Will there be any notification when it's posted or will we have to keep checking? Also, the white dots were on a chord fingering chart, not the tab staff. I believe you can see an example in the April issue on John Meyer's "Daughters". One chord shows a finger number for the dot and the next chord shows an open string while the dot in the third fret. BTW, I haven't explored the new site very far yet, but so far I like what it offers.


Reply posted 1 year ago by Tom Napoli


Scott Nygaard

I'll post a note here when it's up. That's what I thought you were referring to. It's an unusual usage, but basically it's just showing an alternate fingering in the chord diagram. Glad you're liking the new site.


Reply posted 1 year ago by Scott Nygaard


Christopher Lord

Scott- any thoughts about adding a member/AG forum for questions and suggestions about the new web home? Might save some time and frustration if we see a concern is already being addressed before we send emails about whatever we can't find or figure out how to get to. You follks have made a great start here, but no good web site is ever finished.


Reply posted 1 year ago by John Lord



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