fretgrinder's nice 5 string fretboard charts

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by FretGrinder, Feb 9, 2002.

  1. fretgrinder (c) 2002
    Five string bass fretboard chart:


    ready to print in black & white
    on an a4 page.
    19 x 26 cm at 250 dpi


    1 - copy the file "fretgrinder-5.jpg"
    somewhere. In the example I have
    used "C:/".

    2 - from the Start menu choose
    Start --> Run. Type
    "mspaint C:/fretgrinder-5.jpg"
    and hit Ok.

    3 - this will open the file within
    MS Paint, which ships with windows.
    Choose File --> Print and specify
    the number of copies you want.

    alternatively use your favourite imaging
    program to open and print "fretgrinder-5.jpg".


    I've just made a nice looking and practical
    5-string bass fretboard chart. You can
    download a ready to print a4 version for free.

    The format is like so:

    - three on on a page vertically, each with
    room for a description or notes

    - covers frets 0-22 on a five string tuned

    - fret maker dots shown on side of fingerboard;
    orresponding notes have a darker outline. Frets
    3,5,7,9,12,15,17 are numbered.

    - notes are shown shere you actually fret them -
    just behind each fret.

    - string thickness is shown

    - the notes are written out in a light grey, so
    you can write other stuff over them or trace
    them with a pen. This means the chart is well
    suited to mapping chords, etc. You can write
    your own shorthand decription of a note
    (eg "Min3" for a minor third) and see them
    in the context of the rest of the fretboard.

    - the circles can be neatly filled in with
    highlighters to map scales, fingerings, etc.

    - all notes are represented as naturals and sharps,
    but you can, for example, change an A# to a Bb with
    a pencil.

    - Four stringers can just cross out the extra
    string for now. If a couple of people ask I'll
    make one for four-stringers. Any stranger requests
    will be taken into consideration.

    - i just made it. If there are any errors on it or
    other feedback please post here.

    - this chart may be freely distributed in the file
    "" as long as
    none of the files is altered in any way, this
    document is included, and no money
    changes hands.

    If I get some time I could make a flash chord & scale
    chart (this was drawn in Flash 5.0). That could be
    useful ... especially if i added sound clips ...

    no spam please.
    (c) David Lee 2002
  2. OK ... I fixed it ... there was a wrong note that threw things out past the 12 fret on the d string ... apologies, i was slightly intoxicated when i designed it. Enjoy!! Any feedback?
  3. Hey, this is kind a useful, when I get access to a printer I'm going to put it up on my wall for easy referance.

    One suggestion is maybe color-coding the notes. So then you could easily find an "F" anywhere on the fret board or something.
  4. This is what I'm doing with a highlighter once they're printed out - it's why I made the notes circular and "hollow". You can then go over the notes in the scale with a pen if you want.

    I would make individual files for each scale but i figured:
    a) too much work
    b) too many largish downloads
    c) better to wait until i get around to an interactive scale / mode chart / metronome in flash ...

    Hope you find it helpful!
  5. I've made a prototype interactive version. Here's the URL:

    It's very bare bones as yet. Click to turn the notes on & off. I was going to put in predefined scales, modes etc in but i figured this was easier and more flexible (and does something a book can't). I will add "presets" later. Also on my developer's wish list (in order of likeliness) are:

    - a nicer design
    - a metronome with adjustable BPM
    - sound (sequentially play notes in the scale over one octave, so if you're inventing your own scales you can hear what they will sound like)
    - addition of a pallette to choose note colour, or ability to choose the root & automatically colour code the root, fifth, minor / major 3rd, etc.

    If it's a little hard to read, right click to zoom in. It's a 22 fret fretboard; you only really need 12.

    Feedback appreciated,

    - Fretgrinder.


    PS if anyone could let me know their results with printing out scales (right click menu) I'd appreciate it. I don't have a printer.
  6. Cool keep us updated as the project comes along.
  7. You did a great job at designing it. props to you. Im going to find this really useful.
  8. looks uber-helpful, is this around anywhere, the link is still down...
  9. bassmanslap


    Jun 21, 2008
    Any Luck with this link??
  10. Mr Lizard

    Mr Lizard

    Jul 15, 2011
    Does anyone have a copy of this or know where I can find one?