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VIOLIN CHORDS
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violin, fiddle, viola, cello

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

Violin (Family) Chords in the new Musicord 3.0

With difficulties of handling more than two strings at once with a bow, playing chords on a violin, fiddle, viola or cello takes some creativity.   Whichever method you might wish to use to play chords with a member of the violin family, one of the first difficulties lies in understanding the fingering for the chords.  For that part, Musicord vs. 3.0 can be a big help.

 

Violins of course do not have "frets" but instead have fingering positions.  Consider the fret images below as being fingering positions.  Musicord 3.0 will handle 4 string, 5 string or 6 string instruments (and even more for instruments such as the mandolin with string pairs).  For the violin family, a number of instruments and tunings are provided.  If you decide that you wish a different tuning, custom tunings and even the storage of them is provided for in Musicord 3.0.  Both right hand and left hand viewing is available.

 

 

violin chord usage of the musicord software program

 

cello left hand chord usage

 
         
 

The above shows the musicord screen for an E minor chord for a standard violin tuning

 

The above shows the musicord screen for a C major 6th chord for a cello showing a left view.

 

 

Basic Applications:

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 stringed instrument 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.

 

Violin "Family" Presets and Tuning (available for right or left hand viewing)

 

Violin (or Fiddle), Viola, Cello, Soprano Violin, Treble Violin, Tenor Violin, Baritone Violin, Bass Violin, Double Bass, Contrabass, Bass (Bull) Fiddle, Viol Treble, Viol Tenor, Viol Bass

 

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 stringed 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".

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 stringed instrument fingering area.  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 string positions. 

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.  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 stringed instrument 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 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 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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