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BANJO CHORD USAGE

of  "musicord"

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This page shows example usage of rpsoft 2000 software "musicord" for banjo chord applications.  To view the main page of this software and view its main characteristics, view it here at:  musicord.

 

Banjo Chords in new Musicord version 3.0

 

While earlier Musicord programs tried to show banjo chords using a guitar reference, in version 3.0 banjo is addressed separately and directly.  The banjos are shown as 5 string (shortened lower string) and 4 stringed instruments and a number of preset tunings are provided.  Both right handed and left handed viewings are addressed.  If none of the preset banjo tunings work for you, you can set or retune any string to another string of your choice.  You can even save custom tunings.  If you were to have a 5 string banjo with all full length strings or a 6 string (we have never heard of those options yet ourselves), you could also create custom tunings for those instruments.

 

 

banjo chord usage for right hand 5 string banjo

 

banjo left hand chord usag3 for 4 string banjo

 
         
 

The above shows the musicord screen for a 5 string banjo, with fairly normal "G" tuning featuring an A major chord

 

The above shows the musicord screen also for an A major banjo chord, but this display is for a "Jazz" tuned left handed banjo

 

 

Chords Recognized / Created

28 chords in all, including:  major, minor, major 6th, minor 6th, 7th, major 7th, minor 7th, mmaj7th, major 9th, minor 9th, major 11th, minor 11th, major 13th, minor 13th,diminished, augmented (also called + or +5), major 6 with no 5, minor 6th with no 5, 5, -5, 7-5, sus 2, sus (sus 4 no 3), sus4 (3 no 5), sus 4 (5 and 3), 7 sus 4, 7 maj 5, 6th add 9.

Stored Banjo Presets and Tuning  (available for right or left hand viewing)

 

5 string normal, 5 string G Major, 5 string D Major A low, 5 string G minor, 5 string G modal, 5 string D Major, 5 string D minor, 5 string C tuning, 5 string Double C, 4 string normal, Jazz, 4 string Chicago tune, 4 string Celtic tune, Banjo Mandolin, Banjo Ukulele

 

Unique Tunings and Storage of Favorite Tunings

 

If none of the above preset tunings will work for you, Musicord also allows you to adjust each string to any chromatic note you wish.  And you can use this feature with 4 string, 5 string (one shortened or all five full length), and 6 string musical instruments.  If you are an artist who often uses several different tunings, you can store your custom tunings and they will be available to you as options under the Musical Family "Custom".

Fingering Options

Dark gray areas show the primary (lowest possible) fingering.  Light gray areas show duplicate fingerings that could be substituted if the person wishes.  For example, one could substitute a light gray C note fingering for a dark gray C note fingering.  Substitutes may make the fingering easier, or make for a better sound in the particular circumstance.

Options allow one to see fingerings down the banjo neck by using a capo option.

Notes to Chords

One can also enter notes on the piano keyboard or the banjo fret board, and then see if the software program recognizes the chord.  If it does, the program will show the chord name, (piano chord or banjo chord) and any alternates, in the data area.

What if one wants to see banjo fingering for a combination of notes that are not one of the 28 listed chords?  Entering the notes on the piano keyboard will show the note fingering on the banjo fret board even if it is not one of the 28 chords.

More Options

Even more options, including printing, making custom tunings or instruments shown on the main musicord page.   To see these, click here.

Relevant Links
(includes this page)

General: 

Musicord Software- main page,  Left Hand Chord ExampleRetuned Strings Example

Musical Instrument Families

Keyboard / PianoGuitar / TipleBass GuitarUkulele BanjoMandolin / Bouzouki / Cittern

Violin / Fiddle / Viola / CelloSteel Guitar / DobroLute / Oud / Cumbus

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