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RETUNED CHORD USAGE

for retuned or detuned
stringed instruments

Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Banjo, more

Windows:  95/98, 2000, Me, XP


 

 

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This page shows example usage of rpsoft 2000 software "musicord" for retuned or detuned stringed instrument applications.  To view the main page of this software and view its main characteristics, view it here at:  musicord.

 

Musicord version 3.0 handling of retuned musical instruments

 

As you likely are well aware, many stringed instruments are not tuned to a "standard tuning".  Many talented musicians retune guitars, banjos, ukuleles or basses to make playability better, or in some cases, to reduce tension on their strings.  Musicord contains many preset tunings for guitar, bass, ukulele, banjo and others.  If there is not a preset that suits you, you can even customize the strings yourself.  And then when all of that customization is done - musicord will help show chord fingering for the new setup.

 

The musicord chord calculator by rpsoft 2000 addresses most stringed instruments of 4 to 6 strings.  Since it actually addresses "courses" of strings which is the actual fingering, it will also do most normal tunings of 12 string guitar, 8 string mandolin or 12 string tiple (strings tuned in triplets) also, and will provide either right hand or left hand viewing .

 

 

6 string guitar with drop D tuning

 

4 string left hand banjo with chicago tuning

 
         
 

The above shows the musicord screen for a 6 string guitar
with "Drop D" tuning and an E dominant 7th chord

 

The above shows the musicord screen also for a dominant E 7th chord
but this time for a left hand 4 string banjo with "Chicago" tuning

 

 

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

 

Some of the more common preset tunings are available for the following instruments:  Guitar family, bass family, ukulele, banjo family, violin family, mandolin family, cittern, bouzouki, lute, tiple, and more.  Note that some of the preset tunings include instrument variations such as tenor (4 string) guitar, 5 string and 4 string banjo, 4 string and 5 string citterns, and the like. (note that for instruments that have string "pairs" or "triplets" and hence are tuned in "courses" that musicord shows the fingering and not all strings.  Hence an 8 string mandolin whose strings are tuned as pairs will show up as a 4 string instrument.  A 12 string guitar tuned in pairs will show up as a 6 string guitar.  A 12 string tiple tuned in string triplets will show up as a 4 string instrument).

 

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.  Simply you would click with your mouse on the string you wish to change on the note nearest the neck, and then you are able to change it to any chromatic note.  If you have a number of custom tunings or even a number of custom tuned instruments, musicord will allow you to setup a "custom" instrument family where your special tunings are indexed and ready for use.

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 banjo neck by using a capo option.

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 banjo chord) and any alternates, in the data area.

What if one wants to see 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 stringed instrument 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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