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Applying the Cipher to other stringed instruments

 

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Fretboards:
The Cipher for Guitar, please go here
The Cipher for Lefty Guitar, please go here
The Cipher for Bass guitar, please go here
The Cipher for Ukulele, please go here
The Cipher for 5 course Vihuela, please go here (in development)
The Cipher for Mandolin and Tenor Banjo please go here
The Cipher for Violin, Viola, and Cello
The Cipher for Upright Bass
The Cipher for Viola De Gamba, the fretted Viols and Lute
The Cipher for Chapman Stick® and other tapping fretboards

Viola da Gamba
Viola da Gamba Cipher

Applying the Cipher to Isomorphic Keyboards

Keyboards (Isomorphic Chromatic keyboards):
The Cipher for Chromatic Button Accordion
The Cipher for Whole Tone Janko Keyboard
 

Harp
The Cipher for Chromatic Isomorphic Symmetrical Cross-Strung Whole-Tone Harp

 

 

 

Chromatic Isomorphic Harp -- Symmetrical Cross-strung Whole tone Harp

 

Whole Tone (Janko) Keyboard

Chromatic Button Accordion

Whole Tone (Janko) Keyboard

 

 

 

Links Table — String Instrument / Topic

 

Guitar

Lefty Guitar

Bass

Ukulele

Mandolin Banjo

Violin Cello

Viola da Gamba

Stick ®

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String numbers

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5° or 7° calculation line

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Cipher demonstrations 1

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Cipher demonstrations 2

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Octave Pattern full version

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Fretboard note speller

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Triads on the fretboard

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Scales on the fretboard

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Chord Progressions

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Chord Encyclopedia

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Fretboard speller PDF

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Blank fretboard grids PDF

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The Cipher for fifths tuned four string instruments: Mandolin, Violin, Tenor Banjo, and more

The Cipher System uses a Five Degree (Perfect-Fourth) Calculation Line for plotting musical materials on the necks of stringed instruments tuned to fourths. That works for guitar, vihuela, lute, early oud, bass (fretted or un-fretted), 5-string banjo and ukulele.

The Cipher for four stringed instruments tuned in fifths accommodates these instruments and more:
 

 

 

Fifths tuned instruments

fretted

un-fretted

Mandolin

Violin

Tenor Banjo and Tenor Guitar

Viola

Mandola and Octave Mandolin

Cello

 

 

 

For string instruments tuned to fifths (any in table above):

If you already play guitar and always wanted to learn mandolin (lets say) once you familiarize yourself with the Cipher System on guitar come back here and see how fast you can pick up the mandolin! You’ll have a thorough working knowledge of how fifths-tuned instruments work in an instant. You’d be able to make up your own chord voicings with absolute confidence (no guesswork) immediately because you’d know exactly what was going on within the instrument itself and you’d have the formula and knowledge of how to use them. So the mystery of how all common stringed instruments work is now lifted for you as well. So the sky’s the limit.

 

 

 

 

 

Index of The Cipher for Mandolin (violin, tenor banjo, etc):

 

 

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