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LUTE and similar CHORDS
lute, oud, cumbus

Windows:  95/98, 2000, Me, XP





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

Lute, Oud, and Cumbus instrument Chords in the new Musicord 3.0

Okay, you have us here.  While our staff at rpsoft2000 software has played a number of musical instruments, including several stringed instruments, lute, oud and cumbus were not among them.  However we are bold enough to think that with the high flexibility that we have programmed into Musicord version 3.0, that it will handle those just fine - as long as those instruments have less than 6 unique strings.  Allow us to explain the 6 unique string issue.  Musicord really shows "fingering positions" or "courses" of strings if you will on the stringed instrument.  If the stringed instrument is tuned in "courses" of string "pairs" such as a 12 string guitar, an 8 string mandolin or 10 string cittern  or in triplets as a 12 string tiple, then Musicord can handle those also.  A 12 string guitar will show up as a 6 string - since those would be the number of fingering positions.  An 8 string mandolin will show up as a 4 string instrument, a 10 string cittern as a 5 string instrument and a 12 string tiple with string "triplets" will show up as a 4 string instrument.


One of the most important features we believe was needed to handle lute, oud, and cumbus chord fingering was an ability to handle custom tuning, and Musicord 3.0 excels at that.  It has multiple preset stringed instrument tunings for lutes, ouds and cumbus, and also allows for both right hand and left hand viewing.  If one of our preset string tunings do not work for you, you can modify the string tuning as you wish.  The chords shown will follow the new turning that you have selected.



lute chord usage of the musicord software program


oud chord usage - left hand viewing


The above shows the musicord screen for a string lute with so called "new lute tuning" of GCFADG and showing a G dominant 7th chord.


The above shows the musicord screen for a left handed oud with tuning of so called "oud classical" of ADEADG and also displaying a G minor chord.



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.


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


Lute new GCFADG, Lute sharp GCFACE, Lute Flat GCFG#CD#, Accord Nouveau ADFADF, Oud Standard DGADGC, Oud classical ADEADG, Oud new F#BEADG, Oud Turk-Arm EABEAD, Oud Turk-Arm 2 C#F#BEAD, Cumbus DEADGC


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 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 stringed instrument 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 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 fretboard 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)


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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