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GUITAR CHORD USAGE

of  "musicord"

Windows:  95/98, 2000, Me, XP


 

 

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

 

 

guitar chord usage of the musicord software program

 

guitar chord usage showing a chord down the fretboard

 
         
 

The above shows the musicord screen for an E major chord, that in this case is to be played with a capo (or bar chord) at the 4th fret.

 

The above shows the musicord screen for a E major chord.  The view in this case is of a "Tiple" which would have 12 strings.  Since the "Tiple" here is tuned in string "triplets" - there are only four string positions - hence it appears as a four string guitar.  Note also the left hand viewing.  Right hand viewing is also available of course.

 

 

Guitar Fingerings Possible: 

When one adds 28 possible chord fingerings, to multiple different kinds of guitars, to 12 or more different capo positions down the neck to a 12 note chromatic scale, the number of possible fingering positions is well into thousands of possibilities if not more.  Add to this right or left hand viewing and the customizing of musicord to your particular need is very extensive.

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

 

Standard 6 or 12 string, Drop D tuning, Open G tuning, Open C tuning 1, Open C tuning 2, Open D tuning, Open g minor, D modal DADGAD, Drop D tuning 2, D minor, Fourths, D modal DADDAD, G 6th, C 6th, Low C, Open E, Standard -1, Standard -2, Standard -3, Standard -4, Tenor Guitar 1 GDAE, Tenor Guitar 2 DGBE, Alto Guitar, Bass Guitar, Contra Guitar, Contra Bass, Lute Guitar Tuning, Baritone Guitar, Soprano Guitar, Treble Guitar, Requinto  G tuning, Requinto  A tuning, Quint Guitar, Terz Guitar, Vihuelita, Tiple 1  DGBE, Tiple 2  CEAD, Tiple 3  ADF#B

 

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 guitars.  Note that musicord can be used for guitars with even more strings than 6, if those strings are tuned as "courses" as "pairs" or "triiplets" such as some 12 string guitars, or 12 string tiples.  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".

Guitar Chord "Capos" or "Bar Chords"

For quite some time, many guitar players, particularly acoustic guitar chord players, have used a capo to change key.  The capo is essentially a holder that covers a guitar fret holding all 6 strings down on a single fret position.  With those strings held down, guitar chords can then be played right next to the capo as if it were now the normal end of the guitar neck - but of course in a new, higher key.

Other guitar players, primarily electric guitar players, get the same effect as a capo by what we call "bar chords".  In this case, part of the fingering for the guitar chord is a finger placed over all six strings, much as a capo, on the left side (closest to the guitar tuning) of the chord.  The specific fingering, then, is the added fingering of the notes that are not held in place by the finger capo or bar chord.

In either of these cases, the musicord software program can show fingering down the fretboard for guitar chords.  Simply click the arrows "<" or ">" next to the capo readout area above the guitar fretboard to show fingerings down the guitar neck.

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.

Guitar 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 guitar 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 guitar fret board. 

Fingering Options

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.

Options allow one to see fingerings down the guitar 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 guitar 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 guitar chord) and any alternates, in the data area.

What if one wants to see guitar 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 guitar 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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