Choose chord


Chord types


This screen helps you selecting chords. Choose the root of your desired chord on the left side and pick the chord type out of the list shown in the middle. Optinal bass sounds can be chosen on the right side. They can be removed again by tapping them once more or by using them as the root of the chord.
In accordance with your selected chord you will be shown a list of different fingerings in the galerie below. Scroll down the list to see how different one and the same chord can be. Listen to the different sounds by tapping single fingerings.
Due to your settings there might be no fingerings shown in the galerie. As an example: you specified not to play any barré chords, if there is no other possibilty than this the galerie will remain empty. In this case, go back to your settings using the menue or the adjusting wheel in the title bar. 

Filtering of chords:
As smartChord already offers a huge number of chords it might be confusing sometimes. Therefore you can reduce the chords to basic chords or your personal favorites by pressing ‘type’ or the filter button. Save your favorites chords with the star button or keep pressing the chord type until the menue pops up asking you to declare the chord type as your favorite one.
A little hint: favorites are like almost all settings specific for the selected instrument. Changing instruments always means changing favorites.
Filtering of fingerings:
smartChord PLUS enables you to assemble and retain any fingering for any chord. The screen “fingering favorites” displays an overview of your selected fingerings.
The order of the fingerings shown in your galerie can be sorted by using the sort button or selecting by different criterias like the number of fingers or frets in the settings.
For those who would like to learn more about a chord, additional information can be found in the ‘details’ – just press the arrow button.

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.