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LAST MODIFIED: 15 January 2022

The following is a list of some of the important categories used to organize posts on this blog.

Because it is convenient, this list is itself published as blog post, but unlike many blog posts this content is not an archived, point-in-time snapshot of static or frozen content. This is a living document. We'll edit this post to keep the listing up-to-date as relevant tags are introduced.

These are not the only tags we use to categorize posts. We frequently add new and revise existing tags as we tend to the blog. But these are the major categories we use currently and they index some of the most relevant and valuable content we've published on the blog.

Frequently-Used Tags

The FATpick App: Features, Changelog, User's Guide, Etc.

  • Release Notes - describing what's new and what's changed are published for each and every release (and we do lot of those); release announcements; change log.

  • Features - in-depth articles documenting individual features of the app; a sort of serialized user manual for FATpick.

    • Tools - sub-category of Features describing guitar practice tools and interactive reference material embedded within the app (such as metronome, chromatic tuner, and fretboard/scale explorer), as distinct from the primary tablature-viewing game-play.

    • Settings - another sub-category of Features, these posts describe various configuration options and parameters - both inside and outside of the app - that can be used to personalize and tune your FATpick experience.

Technical Support

  • Support - knowledge-base articles to help you make the most of FATpick.

  • Troubleshooting - tips on how to diagnose and resolve common problems; technical support articles documenting specific hardware or software integrations and other detailed or specialized topics.

  • FAQ (Frequently-Asked Questions) - posts that answer some commonly-asked questions.

Platforms

  • Windows - content especially relevant for users of FATpick on the Microsoft Windows platform or running FATpick on Windows PCs. Windows 10 is recommended, but FATpick also runs on Windows 7 and Windows 8.

  • MacOS - content especially relevant to FATpick users on Apple's macOS platform (variously known as Mac, OS X, Mac OS X, Mac OSX, etc, but "macOS" is Apple's preferred branding, at least for now).

  • Linux - information about using FATpick on the GNU/Linux platform.

  • Web - updates and announcements about notable changes to the FATpick.com website, including several web-based tools, reference content, printable templates, and the full tablature for every song in the public catalog.

Other Stuff

  • Evergreen - tags posts (like this one) that we update regularly to reflect that latest information about the topic; these are "living documents" rather than archived snapshots from a particular point in time.

  • Tabs - posts about guitar tablature notation: how to read tabs; where to find tabs for your favorite songs; tools for creating custom tabs from your own compositions; tips on working with tabs (and related musical score formats, both human- and machine-readable) in FATpick and elsewhere.

  • Music Theory - practical, guitar-oriented guides to musical theory, structure and concepts that assume little or no formal training or experience.

  • Guitar Tech - comprehensive but accessible "explainer" articles that help you understand your instrument at a detailed technical level, from the physics of how it generates sound (the science of acoustics) to how to select guitar strings and other accessories.

  • Reference - tables, charts and other handy reference materials such as these interval formulas for chords, this list of BPM ranges for traditional tempo labels like allegro or grave, or this table of musical notes by frequency, MIDI number, and more.

  • Charts - periodic reports on popular songs, trending songs, other superlatives-per-unit-time based user-activity within FATpick and related metrics and statistics.

  • About Us - information about FATpick the company: who we are, how we work, and our vision for creating a guitar practice companion that becomes your go-to learning tool.

Additional Notes

Combining Tags

You can use the links above - or the tag links found on the blog posts themselves - to view a list of posts associated with a specific category.

Incidentally, it's also possible to search by more than one category at a time. Currently there's no generic, point-and-click form for this, but it is possible to create links (or modify URLs) that yield a list of only those posts that are tagged with all of the specified categories.

For example, this link (/blog?in=windows,troubleshooting) generates a list of Windows-specific troubleshooting articles: blog posts that are tagged in both the "Windows" and "Troubleshooting" categories.

More generally, to filter the blog index to a list of posts that match a single category, add the query string parameter ?in=<tag-name> to the URL. To limit your results to only those posts that match more than one categor, add additional tag names separated by comma: ?in=<tag-one>,<tag-two>,<etc>. Note that the tags are combined with a logical AND - only those posts that include all of the tags will be listed.

You can also filter blog posts by author using the query string parameter ?by=<author-name>. For example the URL https://www.fatpick.com/blog?by=edison links to a list of blog posts written by Edison. This can be combined with the tag filter such that /blog?by=edision&in=support yields a list of Edison's post's tagged "support". Listing multiple authors - again delimited by commas - also works, but since each post has at most one author in this case a logical OR is used. For example, the filter ?by=courtney,rod will yield a list of posts written by Courtney or Rod and the filter ?by=courtney,rod&in=features,support will yield a list of posts by either of those authors tagged with both "Features" and "Support".

Feeds

This blog is also published in various content-syndication formats for use by news readers and related content-feed-based applications and software. These feeds include:

AMP (Mobile-Optimized) Posts

Each blog post happens to available in the "Accelerated Mobile Pages" format - a bare-bones, mobile-optimized "skin" promoted by Google for their own, arguably nefarious purposes.

To view the AMP version of a blog post just append the suffix /amp to the path part of the URL. For example, the amp version of this post is found at https://www.fatpick.com/blog/tags/amp.

The AMP format has some drawbacks for both producers and consumers of web content, and some AMP-pages may not contain the full content found on the regular page, but it is remarkably fast and efficient. It may be worth trying out if you're on a mobile device.

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