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for:  keyboard, guitar, bass, ukulele, banjo
and other stringed instruments

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


Music Chord Charts

Chord charts would seem a great way to learn keyboard and stringed instrument chords.  However, particularly if you are using a stringed instrument, such as guitar, banjo, ukulele or the like, thousands of chord fingerings can be possible as you become better and better at music skills.  Using a normal chord chart it may become hard to locate the exact chords you need.  Musicord allows you to either view the chords that you wish directly - or you can print out a series of chords that work for you.  A chord chart based on what you want, and not the "average" of everyone.

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.



left hand guitar chord usage of the musicord software program



One can either view chords directly as shown on the screen on software screen on the left, or one can choose to print out exactly those chords that one needs for your own music chord chart.   You can print both right handed and left handed chords, or chords fingered down the fretboard.  The combinations of possible chords with all of these variations and the variations in chord types themselves make thousands of possible guitar / stringed instrument fingerings.  Arrange to display just the ones that you want.


The above shows the musicord screen for a left hand guitar with normal tuning featuring an E dominant 7th chord
Note:  Actual program screen is larger and more readable





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".

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 stringed instrument 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 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.

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

Musical Instrument Families

Keyboard / PianoGuitar / TipleBass GuitarUkulele BanjoMandolin / Bouzouki / Cittern

Violin / Fiddle / Viola / CelloSteel Guitar / DobroLute / Oud / Cumbus

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