Fretboard Diagram enhancements for "Ted Greene" style
A significant body of existing material and education technique is based on the "Ted Greene" style of chord diagrams. They are widely used by jazz guitarists and teachers. They serve as a sort of cross between tablature and chord diagrams, often in conjunction with normal notation. The diagrams are generally structured as one-grid-per-beat, and often show single notes. Their 2D nature helps in visualizing chord shape movement. They make sense for MuseScore because they are often helpful for clarifying details of a traditional score, particularly in the context of teaching material.
These diagrams are very similar to the current Fretboard Diagram approach, but a few modest changes would allow much smoother use of this technique, particularly by streamlining the UI for diagram entry and modification. These are listed in order of importance.
- Add a global preference or style setting to choose "Ted Greene" style diagrams (i.e. to toggle pop-up behavior versus the current default style)
- Suppress (optionally?) the nut (heavy first line) at fret 1; this could be a global behavior, or added as a diagram-specific display option
- Use digit 1 (optionally?) at first fret; this could be a global behavior, or added as a diagram-specific display option
- Don't automatically cycle between O and X on open strings when a note is cleared; instead, only add O or X above the diagram when clicking above an open string (this would save time since O and X are infrequently used in these diagrams)
- Allow fret number to appear at a different position from the first displayed fret; this would require having two position indicators (which fret number to use, and which displayed fret it appears on)
- Add a right-click context option to insert a blank diagram and immediately open the diagram editor
- Allow X and O to appear within diagrams at specific fret positions (helpful and commonly used, but not essential)
In addition, mechanisms for including/editing a chord name above or below each diagram would save much time, versus using the existing chord name and palette name mechanisms.
The important thing to note about these diagrams is that many of them are entered and notated on a case-by-case basis, rather than simply being taken from a palette. A number of standard diagrams are used, of course, and streamlining their selection will save time; but a significant part of the MuseScore user's time will be spent entering blank or prototype diagrams and then adjusting the dots to meet a specific situation.
Here is an example showing some of these diagrams with notation. There are many stylistic variations in common use. http://tedgreene.com/images/lessons/chords/HeresThatRainyDay_1stPhraseH…