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

Mandolin, Bouzouki and Cittern Chords in the new Musicord 3.0

If you have a mandolin, cittern or bouzouki and are looking for a chord reference for its specific tunings, we believe that Musicord 3.0 is very much the right place to look.  Musicord 3.0 will handle string instruments of 4, 5 or 6 "courses" of strings.  By "course" we mean sets of either one string, a string pair, or a string triplet.  The actual image shows the "courses" (fingering positions) and not all of the strings for multi-string instruments as mandolins, bouzoukis and citterns.  So an 8 string mandolin or an 8 string bouzouki will each be displayed as a 4 string instrument.  A ten string cittern will be displayed as a five string instrument.


Both right hand viewing and left hand viewing is available.  Also "capo" or bar fingering down the neck or fretboard of the instrument.  Many presets are available for what we understand may be the more common tuning for mandolins, bouzoukis and citterns.  If none of these preset string tunings work for you, Musicord also allows setting up a custom string tuning - and even the save of a set of custom tuned stringed instruments to be used later.



mandolin chord usage of the musicord software program


bouzouki chord usage


The above shows the musicord screen for an 8 string (4 courses of string pairs) mandolin.  It does show up as a 4 string instrument regarding fingering positions.  The chord shown is A minor.


The above shows the musicord screen for a D minor chord for an 8 string (4 courses of string pairs) bouzouki with DAFC tuning.  Again, it would show up as a 4 string instrument regarding fingering positions.



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 fingering down the neck of the stringed instrument.

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


Mandolin Standard Tuning, Mandola CGDA, Octave Mandolin GDAE, Mando - Cello CGDA, Bouzouki 1 DADA, Bouzouki 2 DGBE, Bouzouki 3 GDAE, Bouzouki 4 DAFC, Bouzouki 5 GDAD, Bouzouki 6 ADAD, Bouzouki 7 DAEA, Bouzouki 8 ADAE, Cittern normal GDAE, Cittern Open G DGCD, Cittern 3 DGCD, Cittern 4 ADAD, Cittern 5 ADAE, Cittern 6 DAEA, Cittern 7 GCGC, Cittern 8 GDGD, Cittern 9 CGDAE, Cittern 10 DGDAD, Cittern 11 DGDGD, Cittern 12 DADAD, Cittern 13 DAEAE, Cittern 14 GDAEA, Cittern 15 GDAEB, Cittern 16 GDADA, Cittern 17 GDADG, Cittern 18 ADADA


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 course, 5 course and 6 course 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

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