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Issue 745 in lilypond: Enhancement: opposing-landscape FretBoard orient

From: codesite-noreply
Subject: Issue 745 in lilypond: Enhancement: opposing-landscape FretBoard orientation
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2009 13:16:26 +0000

Status: Accepted
Owner: v.villenave
Labels: Type-Enhancement Priority-Medium

New issue 745 by v.villenave: Enhancement: opposing-landscape FretBoard orientation

Please read the full request at

John Sellers wrote:
"The Fretboard orientation allows two options: normal and landscape.

The normal view is with the nut at the top, just as if a guitar were placed in
the same orientation of the printed Fretboard.  The 2.11.65-landscape
orientation is similar to the 2.11.65-normal orientation rotated 90 degrees in
the sense of a clock facing the observer.

Unfortunately the 2.11.65-landscape option produces a image that is upside down
to how a conventional guitar play plays a conventional instrument.  You see,
for most guitarists, a printed fretboard in 2.11.65-landscape the lowest string
on the bottom instead of the top, thus possibly causing confusion.  On the
other hand, a left-handed guitar player with a regular guitar would not be any
better off with the notation since the fingerings would have to be different
from most players.

The practice of one fine, world-class Jazz guitar player is to write the
fretboard notation with the nut to the right. This notation would be the same
as rotating the current landscape notation by 180 degrees about an axis
perpendicular to the paper.

This approach makes good sense because Jazz players often play by ear, and they
often teach each other by showing each other new fingerings while playing.
When the fretboard of another player is observed in this way, for almost all
players the nut will appear to be on the observer's right, with the lowest
string on the top. From the standpoint of an observer of a guitar player, this
most closely matches the before mentioned orientation of rotating the
landscape-2.11.65 orientation 180 degrees about an axis perpendicular to the

Such players will have long experience in interpreting another players
fingering in exactly this orientation, and that experience would make the
suggested orientation much easier for them to read."

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