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PIANO / KEYBOARD CHORD USAGE

of  "musicord"

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This page shows example usage of rpsoft 2000 software "musicord" for piano chord (or of course any keyboard chord) applications.  To view the main page of this software and view its main characteristics, view it here at:  musicord.

 

 

piano chord usage of the musicord software program

 
     
 

An example of piano chord usage of the rpsoft 2000 musicord program

 

 

Basic Applications:

rpsoft 2000 musicord software can be used for piano chords, guitar chords, ukulele chords, banjo chords, bass chords and many other stringed instruments.  This page highlights its usage for piano chords, or of course, any keyboard type chords.  This software musicord program will convert notes to chords, or will convert a given chord input to the notes and piano fingering.

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. 

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.

Above Example and Piano Chord (Keyboard Chord) Inversions

The above figure shows the musicord software for a piano chord application.  In this case, a chord was entered, C7th, in order to find the piano fingering.  The piano notes and fingering for this chord are shown on the piano keyboard at the top of the screen.  The piano fingering shown always will show in dark gray the lowest (starting at C) fingering that the chord can be made from.  The light gray keys show alternate fingering.

The above example therefore shows the C 7th piano chord fingering starting with C - and is therefore from the lowest note to highest note:  C, E, G, Bb (note that Bb can also be called A#).  However, there are several different ways to play this C7th chord.  These different types of playing them are called "chord inversions" and for this musicord program take advantage of the light gray keys.

In the above example, one could for example play a C 7th "chord inversion" by playing the C high instead of low.  Therefore the C 7th chord would be played from lowest note to highest note:  E, G, Bb, C.  Other chord inversions would be:  G, Bb, C, E or Bb, C, E, G.  In all four cases, the notes are the same.  The only thing that changes in "piano chord inversions" is "which note is played the highest".

Why use chord inversions at all?  If you have not used chord inversions in the past that might be a good question.  The answers to that question are two:  sound preference and ease of play.  For sound preference, sometimes our ears can indeed tell the difference between one chord fingering and its inversions.  Our ears sometimes will pick up the highest note as the most noticeable, and there will be a difference in sound.  And musicians may want that different sound.  The second item is ease of play.  If one is playing chords with their left hand for example, and going between a C Major chord and an F Major chord, if the C Major chord is played first inversion with the C note highest and G and E below that C, then the transition to the F Major chord will be easier.  In this case, both chords have a C note played high, and the musician can keep their finger on that C and just move the lower two.  It makes for an easier reference just by feel of the notes rather than the need for looking or guessing.

Sharp and Flat Handling

Note that in the above example, that the display shows both the sharp and the flat name on the keyboard display.  This is the option that musicord normally ships with.  However, you can modify this display to show either all sharps, all flats, choose between two different mixtures of sharps and flats - or simply select "auto" mode and let musicord select the most likely mix of sharps and flats for the key that it guesses that you are in.

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.

More Options

Even more options, including printing, or other 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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