This page shows example usage of
rpsoft 2000 software "musicord" for left hand stringed
instrument chord applications. To
view the main page of this software and view its main characteristics,
view it here at: musicord.
Left Hand Stringed Instruments in new Musicord version 3.0
While it is some times tough for a
left handed person in a world of right handed people, Musicord tries to
make left handed options simple and also as complete as right handed
options - at least for its stringed instruments. Left handed
options exist for all of its stringed instrument variations and preset
tuning variations including guitar, bass, ukulele, banjo, and even
mandolin, cittern, tiple, bouzouki, violin family, lute family and more.
The capo system of Musicord that will show chord fingering down the
fretboard also works for left handed option, as well as custom tuning,
storing of custom instrument setups and also printing.
The above shows the musicord screen for a
left hand guitar with normal tuning featuring an E dominant 7th chord
The above shows the musicord screen
for an Bb major banjo chord on a 5 string left handed banjo with a
capo on the 3rd fret.
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.
Activating the Left Handed Display
Left handed display is easy to activate. It is just a "drop down
selection box" which is the second from the left over the stringed
instrument display. One simply selects "left hand" or "right
hand". That selection then is used for chord readout, and
fingering, for capo changes, as well as for printing. The other
selection boxes for stringed instruments allow you to pick the
instrument "family" such as guitar, bass, ukulele, banjo, or even violin
family, mandolin family or others. If you are into custom tunings,
another selection box allows you to select "preset" tunings for your
instrument or even some instrument variations - such as tenor guitars,
or 4 string banjos and the like.
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 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".
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 stringed instrument neck by using a “capo”
Notes to Chords
One can also enter
notes on the piano keyboard or the guitar / stringed instrument 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 stringed instrument chord) and any
alternates, in the data area.
What if one wants to
see stringed instrument fingering for a combination of notes that are not one of the
28 listed chords? Entering the notes on the piano keyboard or
stringed instrument fretboard (not the note nearest the neck though -
since that note is used for custom tuning) and Musicord will
show the note fingering on the 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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