This page shows example usage of
rpsoft 2000 software "musicord" for bass chord applications. To
view the main page of this software and view its main characteristics,
view it here at: musicord.
Bass Guitar Chords
in the new Musicord 3.0
While the earlier
versions of Musicord did Bass Chords indirectly - using their similarity
to a guitar, Musicord 3.0 goes much further and addresses Bass guitars
directly. Included are 4 string basses, 5 string bases and 6
string bass chords. And - capability for both right hand and left
hand viewing is now available - as well as multiple preset bass tunings.
If one of our preset string tunings do not work for you, you can modify
the strings as you wish. The chords shown will follow the new
turning that you have selected.
The above shows the musicord screen for a
5 string bass, with fairly normal tuning featuring an E major
bass guitar chord.
The above shows the musicord screen
for the same E major bass chord, but this time displays a four
string bass and left handed viewing of that bass.
Not only will this software recognize notes to chords
or chords to note -
for 28 chord types - and also show the notes inside those chords if
wished - it also shows bass guitar fingering down the neck of the guitar.
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 Bass Guitar Presets and Tuning
(available for right or left hand viewing)
4 string normal EADG, 4 string tenor ADGC,
5 string normal BEADG, 5 string higher EADGC, 5 string guitar EADGB, 6
string normal BEADGC, 6 string guitar EADGBE, 4 string Drop D DADG, 4
string Drop D,G DGDG, 6 string B top BEADGB
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 and 6 string basses. 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
Chords to Notes
To determine the
notes in a chord such as C major, one begins by entering the C by either
pressing a C on the piano keyboard or a C on the bass fret board.
Then use the mouse pointer to select the “major” button on the chords at
the right middle of the program. The notes are then shown in the
data output. The fingering is also show on the piano and on the
bass fret board.
Dark gray areas show
the primary (lowest possible) fingering. Light gray areas show
duplicate fingering 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. On the
piano, allowing different notes at the top of the chord lead to
different “inversions” of the same chord.
Options allow one to
see fingerings down the bass neck by using a “capo” option.
This option shows fingerings, four frets at a time, moving down the
neck. In this way one might find an easier, faster, or better
sounding chord fingering.
Notes to Chords
One can also enter
notes on the piano keyboard or the bass 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 bass chord) and any
alternates, in the data area.
What if one wants to
see bass fingering for a combination of notes that are not one of the
28 listed chords? Entering the notes on the piano keyboard or bass
show the note fingering on the bass fret board even if it is not one
of the 28 chords.
Even more options,
including printing, making custom tunings or instruments shown on the
main musicord page. To see these,
(includes this page)
Musicord Software- main page,
Left Hand Chord Example,
Retuned Strings Example
Keyboard / Piano,
Guitar / Tiple,
Banjo, Mandolin / Bouzouki /
Violin / Fiddle / Viola / Cello,
Steel Guitar / Dobro,
Lute / Oud / Cumbus
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