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

Bass Guitar Chords in the new Musicord 3.0

While the earlier versions of Musicord did Bass Chords indirectly - using their similarity to a guitar, Musicord 3.0 goes much further and addresses Bass guitars directly.  Included are 4 string basses, 5 string bases and 6 string bass chords.  And - capability for both right hand and left hand viewing is now available - as well as multiple preset bass tunings.  If one of our preset string tunings do not work for you, you can modify the strings as you wish.  The chords shown will follow the new turning that you have selected.



bass guitar chord usage of the musicord software program


bass guitar chord usage showing a chord down the fretboard


The above shows the musicord screen for a 5 string bass, with fairly normal tuning featuring an E major bass guitar chord.


The above shows the musicord screen for the same E major bass chord, but this time displays a four string bass and left handed viewing of that bass.



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 bass 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.


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


4 string normal EADG, 4 string tenor ADGC, 5 string normal BEADG, 5 string higher EADGC, 5 string guitar EADGB, 6 string normal BEADGC, 6 string guitar EADGBE, 4 string Drop D  DADG, 4 string Drop D,G  DGDG, 6 string B top  BEADGB


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 basses.  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 bass 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 bass 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.  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 bass 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 bass 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 bass chord) and any alternates, in the data area.

What if one wants to see bass fingering for a combination of notes that are not one of the 28 listed chords?  Entering the notes on the piano keyboard or bass fretboard will show the note fingering on the bass 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)


Musicord Software- main page,  Left Hand Chord ExampleRetuned Strings Example

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