Chords

Choose chord

 

Chord types

 


On this screen, you choose your chord. For this purpose you choose the root of the chord on the left side, in the middle you choose the type of chord and on the right side an optional bass sound. Depending on the size of your screen you may not see all tones or chord types. They are reachable be scrolling.

By selecting a chord, you will see the different fingering options in the gallery. Scroll through the gallery and look how different a chord can be. If you tap on one of the fingering options, you can hear the sound of this special chord. It's amazing how one and the same chord can sound so different.

When selecting a chord, it is possible that the gallery is empty. This is the case when smartChord can’t find any possible fingering on your requirements. This can happen for example if you have chosen the settings so that you don’t draw a barré chord, but the only possibility here is a barré chord. In this case, please have a look at your settings. You find each of them by the menu or the title bar.

You can also define the order of the fingering options in the gallery in the settings. Perhaps you want to see the easiest first? Or have you been practicing a lot and are looking for the best sound? Make your choice.

As smartChord already offers a very large number of chords, it can appear somewhat confusing. So set your own personal favorites! Keep your fingers on a chord type so long, until the pop-up menu appears. With this you can add the selected chord type to your favorites.
With a tap on "Filters" you can reduce the display to your favorites.
Note: The favorites are understood as all the settings specific to the instrument you have chosen. If you change the instrument, your favorites also change.

Alternatively, you can reduce the selection of the various chord types to the essential ones. Here again, a finger tip on "Filter" is sufficient.

For those who would like to learn more about a chord, additional information about the selected chord can be found under "Details".

Another note: One selected bass sound on the right can be removed from the chord by tapping the selected bass again or by selecting the root of the chord.

 
Chord details
 
chord details


In addition to the screen "Choose chord" here - next to the gallery with the various chords - the individual chords are shown in detail. Besides the selected tuning you can also see the individual sounds that make up the chord. Optionally, all the notes of the fingerboard can be shown (see settings).

By means of small statistics, the various benefits of a chord can quickly be seen:
• Finger:
The fewer fingers necessary for playing a chord, the better. Chords which require the fewest fingers show the largest scale in the statistics.
• Difficulty:
The number of fingers is not everything that makes a chord difficult to play. Decisive are also the distance between the fingers, the number of frets that are to span, whether it is a barré chord, whether strings have to be muted etc. Again: The easier it is to play a chord, the greater the scale in the statistics.
• Sound:
This is also valid for the sound: the better a chord sounds, the greater the scale in the statistics.

 

smartChord also supports the capo. Place the capo at an arbitrary fret on the neck and smartChord shows the new fingerings for the chord.

chord support for capo

 

smartChord also supports instruments with shortened strings. An example is the 5 string Banjo, wher the first string starts with the fifth fret.

 

Support for instruments with shortened strings (e.g. 5 string Banjo)

 

 

Chord overview

chord fingering overview

 

This screen gives you an overview of the different ways to play a chord.

 


Chord settings
The settings for the two chord screens are the same and specific for each instrument. Specifically, the following points can be set:



 

• Sort:
Here you specify a particular order in which you want the chords to be displayed. "Default" is the default collation. It is also possible to sort by ascending number of frets, by increasing difficulty, by the increased number of fingers used and by the quality of the sound.

• Max. frets per chord:
If a chord extends over more than three frets, it is probably already quite difficult or even impossible to play. This setting allows you to set the maximum number of frets over which the fingering may extend.

• Max. number of fingers:
This setting allows you to specify how many fingers you want to use or can use to play a chord . So you can limit the multiplicity of variations of chords from the outset to those feasible for you. However, be aware that you may thus miss the melodious variations. As an alternative smartChord offers you the possibility of sorting chordvariations according to difficulty, so that the easiest are listed first in the gallery.

• Show chord notes:
If you want to see what notes make up your chords, then activate this option, and the respective scores are shown in the chord representation.

• Force root:
 A chord is usually named after the lowest note. Thus at a 'C' chord the lowest note has to be a 'C'. With this setting you can specify whether you want to stick to this rule. For example on a ukulele, this rule plays a subordinate role, and is not active in this option.

• Show barré chords:
Barré chords require strength and exercise. If you are not practiced with these chords, this setting can hide them easily.

• Show muted chords:
The muting of strings requires some practice. Someone who is still unpracticed can use this option to hide all variations where strings must be muted. This is not valid for chords in which the top or bottom strings are not to be struck. Strings that are not struck don’t have to be muted.

• Most difficult chords:
For any ordinary guitarist, using four active fingers to play a chord is simply the best. However, there are real high-flyers who can even use all five fingers simultaneously. For these specialists, this option offers additional fingering variations.