FATpick v2.4.5 was released on the 15th of July, 2021 and is available for immediate download.
This release introduces the latest member of FATpick's growing stable of interactive tools for guitarists: The Scale Explorer provides interactive note charts for more than 500 scales for guitar, bass, ukulele and more. Several of the existing fretboard-based tools have also been enhanced with new capabilities related to those developed for the scale explorer.
See below for more detail about the changes in this release, or download the latest version of FATpick right now - for free - and see it for yourself.
🔥 New Scale Tool
The Musical Scale Explorer represents a major upgrade to the functionality of the already-popular interactive fretboard reference tool.
Simple yet stylish diagrams map every note of the scale to positions on the fretboard. Explore fingering charts for more than 50 different types of scale in any key . And each scale can be instantly transposed for any fretted string instrument - any tuning - any number of strings.
(Click to view the full-sized screenshot in a new browser window.)
But it's more than a quick and convenient reference. The tool is packed with subtle auditory and visual cues - and interactive features - that help you wrap your head around the structure of the scale, and provide practical information you can use to apply that knowledge to improve your playing.
(The scale explorer is described in more detail in a later post.)
✨ Related Enhancements
Many of the features and functionality developed in support of the scale explorer have also been used to improve existing fretboard-related tools like the the tuning (fretboard) reference charts and track heatmap.
The following changes have been applied to all applications of the fretboard toolset:
A tuning presets drop-down menu has been added with instant access to more than 50 diverse tunings covering everything from ukulele to 8-string guitar.
The free-text tuning parser now handles even more short-hand tuning description formats based on context cues. For example an input like "gCEA" is now recognized as a reentrant ukulele tuning (G4-C4-E4-A4) while "GCEA" is interpreted as a low-G tuning (G3-C4-E4-A4). Meanwhile other 4-string tunings like "EADG" and "BEAD" are properly interpreted as bass guitar tunings (E2-A2-D3-G3 and B1-E2-A2-D2, respectively).
A fret count control has been added to generate fingerboards with an arbitrary number of frets.
Alternative fret labeling options are now available to customize the fretboard chart.
Hover-over any spot on the fretboard to see a pop-up annotations with detailed information about the position, the note that it generates, and its relation to other notes in the currently selected track or scale.
A responsive animation now appears when a fret-box is played by plucking (clicking) or strumming (dragging) on the fretboard, or arpeggiating up and down the scale.
Sharp/flat fret label handling has been improved in several dimensions: the logic for selecting the proper note alias (e.g., whether a fret is labeled G# or Ab) is smarter; the label layout/rendering itself has been improved; a bug with remembering the user's preferred flat/sharp note form when restoring a custom tuning has been fixed.
The color spectrum used to code positions on the fretboard has been tweaked slightly for readability and balance. Fret-box colors are now evenly distributed across the spectrum just like the notes in an octave.
🐞 Other Notable Changes
A long-standing, intermittent issue that sometimes caused a song to fail to load when opened for the first time seems to be fixed.
A "reset window position" button has been added to the general settings menu to restore the default window placement (maximized window on your primary display/monitor) in the unlikely event you find yourself trapped in kiosk or full-screen mode.
The application menu can now automatically hide itself on Windows to preserve vertical space on screen. Press the ALT to show or hide the menu.
The cover-art backdrop is now enabled by default on the tab player whenever custom art is available for the selected song.
The "Settings" button on the home screen has been replaced by "Tools". (Both features are also available in the header navigation regardless, so it's kinda redundant either way, but usage patterns tell us Tools is used more frequently.)
Modest UX tweaks were applied in several areas. For example: (1) screen real-estate on the tab player is now slightly more efficient when "Show Chord Names" is enabled; (2) a small but noticeable lag was eliminated for some screen transitions; (3) the about-box-based tip navigation is now bi-directional (next-tip and prev-tip buttons) in case you missed one and want to step back to it; (4) minor copy-edits and layout changes were made to tooltips/on-screen-help popups.
Some third-party libraries have been updated to the most recent point-release (minor version upgrade).
FATpick is the tab player that listens. Use any guitar. Play any song.
Open any GuitarPro file - or hundreds of songs already shared by others - in an animated tab viewer - automatically synchronized with backing audio tracks - that indicates exactly when and where to play each note.
FATpick listens as you play along with any guitar to provide instant feedback on your pitch and timing accuracy.
Currently FREE for Windows, MacOS and Linux. Get it here.