Chord Grid Editor

When Additional Score Options is selected in the Advanced preferences pane, you can create and edit chord grids in the Chord Grid Editor.

Figure. Chord Grid Editor pane in the Chord Grid Library window.

The Chord Grid Editor includes the following parameters:

Instrument parameters

  • Name pop-up menu: Choose the instrument tuning in which to add or replace the chord grid.

  • Tuning field: Displays the default tuning for the chosen instrument.

  • Number of Strings field: Displays the default number of strings for the chosen instrument.

  • Capo pop-up menu: Choose the fret on which to place the Capo. Choose 0 for no Capo, 1 to place a Capo on the first fret, and so on.

Chord parameters

  • Name field: Enter a name for the chord grid.

  • Root Note pop-up menu: Choose a root note for the chord grid.

  • Bass Note pop-up menu: Choose a bass note for the chord grid.

  • Chord Type pop-up menu: Choose a chord type for the chord grid.

  • Difficulty pop-up menu: Choose a difficulty level for the chord grid.

  • Favorite checkbox: Add the chord grid to your favorites.

  • Highest Fret pop-up menu: Choose the highest fret for the chord grid.

View parameters

  • Number of Frets pop-up menu: Choose the number of frets (four, five, or six) to be shown in the chord grids.

  • Left-Handed checkbox: Change the chord grid display to suit left-handed users.

Other parameters

  • Playback button: Click to hear a preview of the chord grid.

  • Action pop-up menu: Choose how the chord grid preview is played and at what tempo.

    • Chord: All strings are played simultaneously.

    • Arpeggio Up, Arpeggio Down: The chord is played as an arpeggio, one string at a time.

      Arpeggio Up plays the strings from lowest to highest, while Arpeggio Down plays the strings from highest to lowest.

    • Slow, Medium, Fast: Choose the playback tempo.

  • Reset/Clear button: Click the Reset button to set the chord grid back to its original state (showing either open strings, a new chord grid, or the selected chord grid) within the Chord Grid Selector pane. Click the Clear button to clear the chord grid, providing you with a clean template to work on.

  • Target Library pop-up menu: Choose the library in which to add the new or edited chord grid.

  • Replace button: Click to replace an existing chord grid.

  • Add button: Click to add a chord grid to your chosen library.

Open the Chord Grid Editor

Do one of the following:

  • Drag a chord grid symbol from the Part box into the score display.

  • Choose a chord grid symbol in the Part box, then click within the Score Editor with the Pencil tool.

  • Choose Layout > Chord Grid Library from the Score Editor menu bar, then click Chord Grid Editor.

For information about creating and editing custom chord grids, see Create and edit chord grids.