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While playing a song in FATpick there are several ways to jump to different parts, as described in this post.

Player Controls

The most prominent song navigation option are the media control buttons found at the top of the screen.

Standard media control buttons when playing a song in FATpick

These buttons work very much like the controls you might find on an old-school tape-deck or CD player or in modern streaming music service.

  • ▶️ / ⏸ - The play / pause button starts and stops the tablature player. You can also trigger this button by pressing the P key or the space bar on the keyboard.

    • Also note that the sound-activated start button can be used start playing a song without taking your hands off of your guitar. Click the sound-activated play button to enable it. The button will be highlighted when this feature is active. Once the sound-activated mode is active any percussive sound — like playing a note on your guitar or saying the word "GO" — will make the song start playing. This is feature is especially helpful when you want your hands to be in position before the song starts.
  • ⏮️ - The skip back button jumps back to the beginning of the song. You can also press the R key (for restart) to trigger this action. Note that your progress on the song (score and hit/miss performance evaluation) in this playthru will be reset.

  • ⏏️ - The eject button will take you back to the song search so that you can choose a new song to play.

These media controls operate the same way in both performance and practice mode.

Song Progress Bar

At the bottom of the play screen you will find a miniature tablature view that provides an overview of the entire song. That is, while the main tablature view only displays part of the song at one time (so that you can read the notes more easily), the progress bar is a map of the entire song. The left-most edge of the progress bar is always the very beginning of the song and the right-most edge of is always the very end of the song. The playhead — the red line that indicates your current position in the song — is shown on both the main and miniature (progress bar) tab, and you will see that it scrolls from left to right while the song plays.

The progress bar acts as a type of scroll-bar. It indicates your current place in the song and — when the player is not in performance mode — it can be used to jump to specific points in the song. Simply click on the progress bar to jump to move the playhead to that point in the song.

You can also click and drag the playhead to a new position.

Arrow Key Navigation

When song playback is paused (and the player is in practice mode) you may also use the arrow keys to move backwards and forwards within the song. Modifier keys like "Control" or "Option" will slightly change the behavior of the arrow keys, much like they do in a text editor or word processor.

  • Jump by Note - ← / → - when no modifier keys are used the left and right arrows will move the playhead one note forward (right arrow) or backwards (left arrow).

  • Tiny Jump by Time - shift + ← / shift + → - when pressing an arrow key while holding the "Shift" key down will move the playhead very slightly forward (right) or backward (left) in time.

  • Small Jump by Time - ⌥ + ← / ⌥ + → / alt + ← / alt + → / option + ← / option + → - holding down the "Alt" key, known as "Option" on a Mac and often marked with the symbol ⌥, when pressing an arrow key will move the playhead forward (right) or backward (left) in time.

  • Big Jump by Time - ctrl + ← / ctrl + → / ^ + ← / ^ + → - holding down the "Control" key, often labelled ctrl and marked with the symbol ^, will cause the arrow keys to move the playhead forward (right) or backward (left) a larger step of time.

  • Jump to Beginning or End - cmd + ← / cmd + → / Win + ← / Win + → / ⌘ + ← / ⌘ + → - the "Command" or "Meta" key, often marked with Windows logo on a PC or with the "clover" symbol ⌘ on a Mac while pressing the left arrow will jump to the beginning of the song, or to the end of the song when the right arrow key is tapped.

Note that the arrow keys have no effect when the song is playing or when you are in performance mode.

The precision provided by arrow key navigation is especially useful when you are positioning the playhead in order to set up a repeat loop for practicing a single riff over and over.

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