Lesson 4: Changing Strings and Frets - Step 2: Changing Frets

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Step 2: Changing Frets

As well as the six strings described in the previous step, Armchair Guitarist gives you access to 24 Frets, plus an Open String.

In the default position, the Fret Buttons are positioned over the first four frets, and the open string. The Open String is seperated from the others by the Bridge, and is darker than the other frets. This is played using the Green button, when the Fret Bar is in the default position.

As with the Strings, though, very few guitarists are going to be content with just one!

To move the Fret Buttons to different frets, we use the D-Pad (Directional Pad). Try this now- find the D-Pad on your controller, and press the right direction once. You'll see that this moves the Fret Buttons in the interface up by five notes. Press it again, and it moves to the next five, and so on.

Move the D-Pad left and right while not playing to change Frets

As with changing Strings, you'll note that the notes on the buttons change as you change frets, as do the notes played by your instrument when you play them.

Now try pressing the left direction on the D-Pad. As you might expect, this causes the Fret Bar to move back in the other direction.

You may have noticed by now that moving between the Strum Bar and the D-Pad is a little inconvenient (this is worse on some guitars than on others). This is made slightly easier by the fact that the D-Pad and the Strum Bar are effectively the same thing as far as the computer's concerned, so you can use the D-Pad to change Strings as well as Frets, and even Play Notes in Pick Mode. The creveat with this is that the up and down directions on the D-Pad are reversed, so moving DOWN on the D-Pad will move the Fret Buttons UP instead.

Unlike changing Strings, there are no restrictions on when you can change Frets- since the left and right directions on the D-Pad are never used for Strumming, they can always be used to change strings, ragrdless of whether you're playing a note or not.

Finally, the same thing happens when you try to change to a fret that is too high or two low as what happens when changing strings- moving past the end of the fretboard will take you back to the first fret, and vice-versa.

In the final step of this tutorial, we will find out how to play notes on different strings and frets at the same time.



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