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David JacobBy David Jacob
First created
David JacobBy David Jacob
First created
CA$ 910
pledged of CA$ 5,000pledged of CA$ 5,000 goal
42
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, March 1 2018 4:59 AM UTC +00:00

About

Why Use FretMapper?

Let's jam! If you want to enjoy jamming with friends, or on your own with a looping pedal or over YouTube backing tracks, FretMapper makes this instantly possible. It will also open up new possibilities for those that have jamming experience already.

Needing to memorize multiple scales in various positions and keys, as well as where all of the notes on the fretboard are, is a barrier that prevents many of us from enjoying playing the guitar as we really want to.

FretMapper gives you all of this knowledge instantly, allowing you to start playing right away, having fun right away, and simply focusing on making music.

What Is FretMapper?

FretMapper visually places guitar scales and notes right over your fretboard, so that you can instantly jam and solo, and enjoy playing without having to first memorize all of that musical information.

FretMapper will be printed on thin transparent plastic, and will use an adhesive that stays in place but is also easily removable.

FretMapper Prototype (on paper, final product will be on transparent)
FretMapper Prototype (on paper, final product will be on transparent)

FretMapper allows you to play all of the following scales, in any key (including sharp/flat keys):

  • Minor pentatonic
  • Blues scale (minor)
  • Major pentatonic
  • Major blues scale
  • Mixolydian
  • Harmonic minor
  • Modes of the major and harmonic minor scales

FretMapper also allows you to see exactly which note is at any given fret position.

How FretMapper Works

The basic principles of how FretMapper works are:

  • Every scale is assigned a unique shape indicator, eg. square, triangle.
  • Every note has a symbol, which resembles its letter name.
  • Every key is given a color, and the scales and notes are shown in these colors.
7th Fret Position
7th Fret Position

For example, from the image above of the 7th fret position:

  • The note E is second from the left, and is shown everywhere by that symbol which looks like an 'E' but without the middle line.
  • Notice that the E is shown in blue - this means that the key of E is in the color blue.
  • The minor pentatonic scale is indicated by a square shape, so to play E minor pentatonic, you look for the blue squares. Try it!

Although it may look like there is a large amount of information at each fret position, the human brain is very good at only seeing what you're actually looking for. If you want to play the E minor pentatonic scale, those blue squares will visually jump out from everything else on the fretboard.

There is so much great teaching available online about when and how to use the different scales, and FretMapper allows you to get straight to actually using the ideas that you learn. The instructions will include pointers to many of these resources to help get you started.

Next Steps

The main tasks that I will be working on to complete this project after it is funded are:

  • Working with a graphical artist to tweak and improve the design.
  • Ordering samples of the final product from possible manufacturers, and then ordering the finished product.
  • Creating easy and clear instructions and teaching videos explaining how to use all of the different aspects of FretMapper.
  • Preparing the contents and packaging for the rewards.
  • Ship!

History of FretMapper

Starting from when I received my first guitar back when I was in high school (before that I studied piano, of course) I wanted to be able to jam and solo, at my skill level, like on the recordings that I would hear of my favorite musicians.

I started off on the guitar like many, by learning the essential chords, and later learned about the various scales for jamming and soloing. However, I realized that I would not have the time that it would take to learn and memorize all of the scales, keys and notes that I would need in order to enjoy the kind of playing that I wanted to do.

At that point, I embarked on a journey to find a system that would incorporate as much of the essential musical information as possible right onto the fretboard itself. Over the years I came up with different ideas, and that first guitar of mine has worn a number of prototypes on its fretboard. In fact, the guitar shown in the project pictures and video with the FretMapper prototype on it, is that very same guitar.

Although I had originally been working on all of this just for my own playing enjoyment, over time my guitar friends would ask me when they would be able to get it for their guitars too, and eventually I wanted to be able to share with others the music making enjoyment that FretMapper can provide.

Risks and challenges

The last remaining major piece of work that needs to be finalized is choosing the exact material that FretMapper will be printed on, from the available options.

The material will be a thin transparent plastic, with opaque color printing, and will use an adhesive that stays in place but is also easily removable. There are different options available, and I will be ordering samples of them and evaluating which will provide the best quality.

I'm looking forward to sharing FretMapper and the joy of making music with you!

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    FretMapper Fretboard Overlays - One Set

    One complete set of FretMapper fretboard overlays.

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    Two complete sets of FretMapper fretboard overlays.

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