How do I make the guitar Left-Handed?

Use the Left-Handed checkbox located to the right of the fretboard. Check the box to change the fretboard view for left-handed guitars. Lower numbered frets will be on the right-hand side. Uncheck the box to revert to a right-handed guitar.

Can I use the Fretboard Master for an instrument other than a guitar or bass?

It depends on the instrument. Is it a stringed instrument with a fretboard? Does each fret represent a half-step? If the answer to both questions is yes, then you can indeed use the Fretboard Master! Use the Customize button to setup your instrument (add strings, tune the strings). See the "Customize Guitar" section on the How to Play page for instructions on how to do this.

Why won't the Fretboard Master applet load on my computer?

If the Fretboard Master applet doesn’t load on your computer, consider the following solutions:

  • Fretboard Master requires Java to be installed. Click here to find out if Java is already loaded onto your computer. To install Java, click here.
  • Are you using Internet Explorer? The security settings on Internet Explorer sometimes prevent applets from loading. If you see a security warning like the one below near the top of your browser:

    Click on the warning and choose "Allow Blocked Content...". Click "Yes" when it asks if you are sure. Click anywhere in the applet window to try reloading the Fretboard Master applet.
  • Try hitting the Refresh or Reload button on your browser. The applet may not have successfully downloaded from our server. If the applet still doesn’t appear, please contact your Internet Service Provider for assistance.

What is the best way to use the Fretboard Master to truly memorize the fretboard?

Every person is different when it comes to how they learn, but here are some tips to get you started:

  • Start with the difficulty level set to easy and work your way up from there.
  • Set the game type to Practice and play until your accuracy rate is 90% or higher, and your average time per answer is less than 5 seconds.
  • After every couple of games, switch the question type from Name the Note to Find the Note and vice-versa. Switching game types like this will help you memorize the fretboard more quickly.
  • Once you are warmed-up, switch the game type to Timed Game to see how you do under pressure.
  • Once you can win the game using both Question Types, increase the difficulty level and go through these steps again.

What else can I use the Fretboard Master for?

The Fretboard Master can be used in a number of different ways:

  • At work? Travelling away from home? Use the Fretboard Master to keep your skills sharp whenever you are away from your guitar.
  • Practicing with your guitar? Use the Fretboard Master as a visual reference while you are playing.
  • Looking for different ways to tune your guitar? Wondering if a certain string configuration might allow you to play different or exotic chords more easily (giving you a sound all your own)? Skip the hassle of constantly retuning your guitar and use the Customize feature to play around with different combinations— all with just the click of your mouse!

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