I’ve been working on offering a new band setting: a way to specify which chord shapes you want to hear the guitar using for a particular song. I’ve got a lot of unresolved questions about how to design the feature so I am hoping to get some feedback about it.
“Show and tell” is going to be much easier than trying to write things out in this case, so check out the video I made:
Some open questions that were in the video:
What language should I use in the interface to convey what I demonstrate in the video? How do terms like “shapes”, “voicings” and “positions” come across to you? How about compound terms like “root shape” (or “root chord shape”) and “playing position”? Any other terms that come to mind that may be a better fit?
What kind of visualization would make sense to you in terms of conveying which chord shapes will be used for which keys? Here’s a very rough sketch of something I was thinking of, but figuring out how to label it or otherwise show people what it means has been challenging:
Do you think it’d be better to have a handful of options in a dropdown (“option 1” in the video) or let folks select any set of chord shapes (“option 2”)? Is there a third option that might be preferable? (UPDATE: See the Option #3 that I posted the next day)
Well, that’s some of what’s been kicking around in my brain – if any feedback or opinions arise, please hit reply!