The Guitar - a composer's primer
The guitar has understandably intimidated many
composers who wish to composer for it. As the classical guitar is
capable of performing several voices/parts simultaneously as the piano,
we must be intimately familiar with the fretboard in order to determine
where to play a given tone as there are duplicate fingerings of
virtually every pitch. Simply determining whether the instrument can
produce a given chord/group of tones simultaneously can be frustrating.
While composers may certainly seek instruction
on the instrument or seek assistance from a friend or colleague, modern
technology is clearly capable of providing additional tools.
The PDF file/fingering template linked below is
a full-sized representation of the guitar fretboard. It was created in
hopes of offering composers interested in writing for the guitar an
easy pitch referance and practical fingering guide. It may be freely
distributed for educational purposes.
VERY IMPORANT: This page must be printed on
Ledger sized (11x17) paper - It was drawn to scale with Finale 2000. It
can be viewed and printed with the free Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Template - to Print
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