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Programming Guitar Mode

Programming Guitar Mode in Korg Professional Arrangers.

  • Recording a Guitar track is unlike recording the other tracks, where you play exactly all the notes of a melody line or all the chords of an accompaniment part.
  • Since Pa3x Korg Pa Arrangers has Guitar Mode Version 2, which is improving by adding extra section of 5 octaves notes for availability to record regular patterns (same as ACC Tracks).
  • In Guitar Mode 2 notes: C-1 to B-1 used for record chord progression Elements not using NTT (Intro 1 & Ending 1), C0 is reserved for recorded Chord Shapes by using note velocity via MIDI message, notes C1 to B1 is devoted to selecting a strumming type, notes C2 to B6 for regular patterns and C7 to B9 for trigger Rx Guitar Noise.
  • Is very imported understand guitar notation. You can see Notes Chart in Guitar Notes Chart section.

 With Guitar tracks you can:

  • a) play the keys corresponding to the strumming modes,
  • b) play an arpeggio using the six keys corresponding to the six guitar strings (and the special keys corresponding to the root and fifth notes),
  • c) play RX Noises to add realism to the pattern,
  • d) add regular patterns, for short melodic passages without wasting an Acc track,
  • e) use the finest MIDI programing to select Chord Shapes, and recreate any nuance of a guitar performance.

Click below for details.

How to Set Track to Guitar Type (Style)

To access Guitar Mode you need to go Record Style Mode, then click Menu...
Then click Style Track Control.....
Then Select Gtr from Track Type menu.

 

How to Set Track to Guitar Type (Pad)

To access Guitar Mode you need to go Record Pad Mode, then click Menu...
Then click Pad Track Control.....
Then Select Gtr from Track Type menu.

 

Strumming Types

Notes C1 to B1 are used to selecting a strumming type:

You need to remember where C1-B1 key are located!

EY -- Strumming Type

Sample recorded on Korg (A m, Fret=0)

C1 -- Full Down
C#1 -- Full Down Mute
D1 -- Full Up
D#1 -- Full Up Mute
E1 -- Full Down Mute Body
F1 -- Full Down Slow
F#1 -- Full Down Slow Mute
G1 -- Full Up Slow
G#1 -- Up Mute 4-Strings
A1 -- Down 4-Strings
A#1 -- Down Mute 4-Strings
B1 -- Up 4-Strings

Users 61 key must transpose octave down to access.

Strumming Types

 

Single Guitar Notes

Notes from C2 to B2 is used to selecting a Single Guitar Notes:

You need to remember where C2-B2 key are located!

KEY -- Single Notes

Sample recorded on Korg (A m, Fret=0)

C2 -- VI String (E)
C#2 -- Recognized Chord Root
D2 -- V String (A)
D#2 -- Recognized Chord Fifth
E2 -- IV String (D)
F2 -- III String (G)
F#2 -- All Mute
G2 -- II String (B)
G#2 -- Power Chord
A2 -- I String (e)
A#2 -- Full Down/Up
B2 -- Up Down/Up 4-Strings

 

Strumming Types

Chord Shapes

  • You can finely choose Chord Shapes by using MIDI messages.
  • When you play a C0 note with the velocity value shown in the following table, a chord is played in a particular position and on a certain number of strings.

How to Use this Table:

Velocity showing value you set for note C0.

Range: showing which and how many Guitar Strings are used.

Note: only notes are play from this Strings, all other will muted.

from Str. & to Str. showing which exactly Guitar Strings are used:

  • I - First Guitar String (e)
  • ii - Second Guitar String (H)
  • iii - Third Guitar String (G)
  • IV - Fourth Guitar String (D)
  • V - Fifth Guitar String (A)
  • Vi - Sixth Guitar String (E)

Position showing which Position on Guitar Arranger will use.

  • Position 0 - No specify.
  • Position 1 - Range from Empty to 3rd Fret.
  • Position 2 - Range from 1st to 5th Fret.
  • Position 3 - Range from 4th to 8th Fret.
  • Position 4 - Range from 6th to 10th Fret.
  • Position 5 - Range from 8th to 13th Fret.

*Position can different on different Chords, showing above is for C Major chords.*

Note: Programming Chord Shape using Midi note C0 overwriting setting on Guitar Mode Screen (Capo & Strings), which give you full control of this feature.

Velocity

Range

from Str.

to Str.

Position

0 6 Strings I VI 0
1 6 Strings I VI 0
2 6 Strings I VI 1
3 6 Strings I VI 2
4 6 Strings I VI 3
5 6 Strings I VI 4
6 6 Strings I VI 5
7 5 Strings Bass II VI 0
8 5 Strings Bass II VI 1
9 5 Strings Bass II VI 2
10 5 Strings Bass II VI 3
11 5 Strings Bass II VI 4
12 5 Strings Bass II VI 5
13 5 Strings Treble I V 0
14 5 Strings Treble I V 1
15 5 Strings Treble I V 2
16 5 Strings Treble I V 3
17 5 Strings Treble I V 4
18 5 Strings Treble I V 5
19 4 Strings Bass III VI 0
20 4 Strings Bass III VI 1
21 4 Strings Bass III VI 2
22 4 Strings Bass III VI 3
23 4 Strings Bass III VI 4
24 4 Strings Bass III VI 5
25 4 Strings Middle II V
0
26 4 Strings Middle II V 1
27 4 Strings Middle II V 2
28 4 Strings Middle II V 3
29 4 Strings Middle II V 4
30 4 Strings Middle II V 5
31 4 Strings Treble I IV 0
32 4 Strings Treble I IV 1
33 4 Strings Treble I IV 2
34 4 Strings Treble I IV 3
35 4 Strings Treble I IV 4
36 4 Strings Treble I IV 5
37 3 Strings Bass IV VI 0
38 3 Strings Bass IV VI 1
39 3 Strings Bass IV VI 2
40 3 Strings Bass IV VI 3
41 3 Strings Bass IV VI 4
42 3 Strings Bass IV VI 5
43 3 Strings MiddleBas III
V 0
44 3 Strings MiddleBas III V 1
45 3 Strings MiddleBas III V 2

Velocity

Range

from Str.

to Str.

Position

46 3 Strings MiddleBas III V
3
47 3 Strings MiddleBas III V 4
48 3 Strings MiddleBas III V 5
49 3 Strings MiddleTreble II IV 0
50 3 Strings MiddleTreble II IV 1
51 3 Strings MiddleTreble II IV 2
52 3 Strings MiddleTreble II IV 3
53 3 Strings MiddleTreble II IV 4
54 3 Strings MiddleTreble II IV 5
55 3 Strings Treble I III 0
56 3 Strings Treble I III 1
57 3 Strings Treble I III 2
58 3 Strings Treble I III 3
59 3 Strings Treble I III 4
60 3 Strings Treble I III 5
61 2 Strings Bass V VI 0
62 2 Strings Bass V VI 1
63 2 Strings Bass V VI 2
64 2 Strings Bass V VI 3
65 2 Strings Bass V VI 4
66 2 Strings Bass V VI 5
67 2 Strings MiddleBas IV V 0
68 2 Strings MiddleBas IV V 1
69 2 Strings MiddleBas IV V 2
70 2 Strings MiddleBas IV V 3
71 2 Strings MiddleBas IV V 4
72 2 Strings MiddleBas IV V 5
73 2 Strings Middle III IV 0
74 2 Strings Middle III IV 1
75 2 Strings Middle III IV 2
76 2 Strings Middle III IV 3
77 2 Strings Middle III IV 4
78 2 Strings Middle III IV 5
79 2 Strings MiddleTreble II III
0
80 2 Strings MiddleTreble II III 1
81 2 Strings MiddleTreble II III 2
82 2 Strings MiddleTreble II III
3
83 2 Strings MiddleTreble II III 4
84 2 Strings MiddleTreble II III 5
85 2 Strings Treble I II 0
86 2 Strings Treble I II 1
87 2 Strings Treble I II 2
88 2 Strings Treble I II 3
89 2 Strings Treble I II 4
90 2 Strings Treble I II 5
91-127 Not specified **      

Choosing a Key/Chord for Intro 1 and Ending 1

  • Since Strumming Types and Single notes in Guitar Mode are not like other notes programmable,
  • Korg giving extra Special Notes Set to Program Chord Progression for Intro 1 or Ending 1 (Elements not use NTT).
  • After programming Strumming in track you can manually add notes in Event Edit or using External Midi Editor (better way).
  • This notes must be inserted on same position (time) or a little bit early as notes use for Strumming.
  • Length of notes is not much important, longest they not longer that controlled Strumming note.
  • I will try later record live video showing how can be done.

Velocity

Chord Type

1 Major
3 Major 7th
5 Suspended 4th
7 Major 7th suspended 4th
9 Minor 6th
11 Minor 7th flatted 5th
13 Dominant 7th
15 7th suspended 4th
17 Diminished major 7th
19 Augmented 7th
21 Major w/o 3rd
23 Flatted 5th

Velocity

Chord Type

2 Major 6th
4 Major 7th flatted 5td
6 Suspended 2nd
8 Minor
10 Minor 7th
12 Minor major 7th
14 7th flatted 5th
16 Diminished
18 Augmented
20 Augmented major 7th
22 Major w/o 3rd and 5th
24 Diminished 7th

Special Notes used

Guitar Mode has set of Special notes, which are transpose differently or not transpose at all.

  • C-1 to B-2 (not transposed) are used for chord progression on Intro 1 & Ending 1 (Elements not using NTT).
  • C0 (not transposed) devoted to selecting Chord Shape.
  • C1 to B1 (transposed) are used for selecting a strumming type.
  • C2 to B2 (transposed) are used for to selecting a single string (or more than one) for playing arpeggios or power chords.
  • C7 to B7 (not transposed) are used to trigger RX Noises.*

* This Notes can be used in Acc Type and also will not transposed!!

Selecting Capo

  • Note that this might prevent some single strings to sound, depending on the composed chord.
  • Together with strumming types, single strings and RX Noises, you can choose a Capo (“capotasto”).
  • You can always see which strings are playing and which are not, as described in the Chord Shape section.

RX Guitar Noise

  • Rx Noise is set off special sound effects used for combination with Midi Track notes giving more realistic Sounds.
  • Rx Noise is not transposed, Arranger is ignoring transpose while you change chord.
  • Range for Rx Noise is reserved from C7 to B9 notes.
  • Some sound has not Rx Noise.
  • To see does sounds access Sound Mode and check highest notes ( you may have to transpose Octave to higher).
  • In Sound Mode they are in most Sounds control by Last OSC, which is set to Key Range C7 - B9,... other OSC are up to B6 Range.
  • In Record Mode you can Adjust Volume Level of Rx Noises, but this sounds are also responding for midi note velocity value.
  • Rx Noise works on All Track Types.

Guitar Notes Chart

Guitar Notation

 

Humanize

  • Humanize GTR is for apply a random value to the position. velocity and length of notes on Guitar tracks.
  • This control has no effect on other types of track.
  • to be continue.....

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