GuitarTools Manual

The Main Window

Every thing should be pretty easy !

Let’s begin by the Main Window. It consists of fours panels, each panel showing the guitar neck, the tuning menu, the tonality box, the degrees grid.

First panel shows Scales, the second one shows Chords, the third shows Diatonic scales or how to play scales with chords, the fourth one is Custom ! This one allow you to show your own choose of notes on the neck.

You change tonality by clicking on the tonality list you want to use.

In the Scale panel, you can choose the scale type.
In the Chord panel, you can choose the chord type.
In the Diatonic panel, you can choose the inversion type.
In the Custom panel, you choose the notes to show on the neck and the strings to use.
This is very useful to find drop chords.
Custom panel will display a list of suggested chords forms when 2 or more notes are selected, as well as a list of suggested scales.

More, you can open several windows, showing for example a chord and his related scale.

At least, you can print or copy the neck to paste it elsewhere !


You can easily change the tuning.

And add and edit your own tunings, from 4 to 7 strings, via the “Preferences window”


You can change and customize the neck appearance, via the “Preferences window”.

There are two panels here : Real Neck and Simple Neck :

“Real Neck” panel allows you to customize neck appearance, and you can choose wood, inlays, shapes, and strings !
For example, here is a Martin D76 Neck :

It’s possible to define several necks and to change while practicing in the main window.

Make sure to use Unicode Fonts to gets Sharps and Flats.

You can also export and import neck settings to exchange with your friends.

The simple neck :


If the Play button is pushed, the scale or chord will be played with the guitar sound selected. You can change the sound in the menu and adjust the volume.
If you want to play descending, just press the shift key.
You can also hit the space bar to play.

The Degree Grid

Depending on the panel, it will show the notes in scale, the notes in chord, or the name of the diatonic chords.

For example, these are the notes in a GM7 chord.

Clicking on the name of the note will highlight the notes on the neck. This is very useful to find all the notes on the guitar neck.

Clicking on the degree will allow you to change the colors used, with several colors pickers.

Your choice of colors will be saved.

The Practice Window

You make the Practice window appear with the “Tools” menu.

First comes a metronome. You can set the time signature, the volume, and the first beat emphasis.

The player will allow you to play sound files of any king, even video files. When a file is selected, an alias or shortcut is created into “GuitarTools” favorites folder. Then you will be able to select it via the popupmenu and to play it.

The metronome

Well, just click on “Start” and adjust the beat !

You can also select the time signature and emphasize the first beat.

BPM finder

Click on tempo !

The player and favorites folder

The favorites folder can handle files ( or aliases or shortcuts ). Every file you ‘ll add in this folder will have his name in the favorites menu.

More, if you choose and open a playable file, a shortcut will be created in the Favorites folder.

Just select it now and click on the “Play Button” to practice along the tune ! The tune will play in loop until you stop it !

The favorites folder is automatically created in your “user” folder and named “Guitar Tools Favorites” :
– Mac OS : Users:user:Document:
– Windows : \user\My Documents\

The “Folder button” will open and reveal your Favorites folder.

The Circle Window

You make the Circle of fifths and fourths appear with the “Window” menu.

It displays the circle of fifths and fourths. When the checkbox is enabled, the circle will follow the tonality chosen in the main window. If not checked, the circle will stay unchanged even if Tonality is modified in the main window.

Tonality assistant :

Diatonic scales

Diatonic scales is a way of playing scales with 4 sounds chords.

You can play diatonic chords over any scale. Different scales will create a variety of diatonic

GuitarTools helps you finding out Chords positions among 6 inversions with the 4 sounds, for the most used Diatonic scales.

Some inversions are not playable for a normal human being… Although, Tommy might be able, but is he a real human guitar player  question
Anyway, I find them quite useful to try some unusual voicing or sounds combinations.

The picture bellow shows the very classic G diatonic scale on the bottom strings. The chords are : G7M, Am7, Bm7, C7M, D7, Em7 and F#m7b5.

Each chord matches the color degree. So, in this example, the GM7 is in red, and the D7 in yellow. You can change colors by clicking on the degrees grid.

The rest of us should try to play the chords scales with the easiest voicing, that means when you don’t have to stretch your hand to far ! In this panel, the color will match the entire chord to play while respecting the degree of the chord.

You can also choose among 6 fingerings by clicking on the little diagrams. This gives you plenty of combinations to try.

The Preference Window

You will find the Preference Window :
– in the Application Menu on a Mac,
– under the “Edit Menu” on whatever Window version you are using.

All the settings are grouped here and the window consists of 4 panels : Neck, Tunings, Metronome, General and Update


Here, you can customize the neck appearance. There are two panels, one for the RealNeck, the other for the simple neck.

For the RealNeck, you can choose wood, inlay, shape and strings settings !
More, you can Export and Import your appearance to exchange it with friends, students, or teachers 😉
Here is a Martin D76 neck :

Within this panel, you can change strings looking. Right click ( Control-Clic on the mac version ) on the string or it size to change it !

Wound or not.

Size from 2 to 10 pixels.

In the simple neck panel, you’ll find others options. The Vertical lines color will be also used for the frets number, and the horizontal lines color for the tuning notes.

In main window, you can easily change from RealNeck to simple neck, just by clicking the “RealNeck” checkBox.


You can add, edit or modify your own tunings, from 3 to 10 strings.

To Add a tuning, just click on the “Plus” button and define the number of strings. You ‘ll be able to customize strings appearance after.
See RealNeck section.


You can use the default metronome or customize it with the midi drum kit.


This one allows you to customize all windows appearance. You can choose the background color and the list alternate color.


Choose if you want to check for update on startup, or manually.