Tips


1 (smartChord)

Our tips are supposed to show the entire potential of smartChord by giving hints on non-obvious functions and features. They are mainly specific for the particular screen and fade in automatically when opening a screen. You may activate the list of tips within the general settings to get them displayed again. Or just take a look on the particular help or the information screen.




2 (smartChord)

Just explore smartChord by tapping on the elements of a screen. Most of them will react, e.g. touch on the guitars head to change the instrument.




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There is a special help-page for each screen explaining several functions and listing specific tips (menu or button top right).




4 (smartChord)

Using the icon top left always gets you back to the recently opened screen.




5 (smartChord)

For each feature specific settings can be selected (menu or button top right). Also instruments settings and chords are specific for each instrument.




6 (smartChord)

You may select different instruments. By assessing your individual skill-level (basic, intermediate, expert) a corresponding will be made to the settings. E.g. showing all chords and fingerings (expert) or just simple and most common ones (basic).




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You may hide features you do not need by fading them out in the menu.




8 (smartChord)

Go to 'general settings' to select whether you would like to have the app always opened by the last displayed screen or the home screen.




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The synthesizer guitar offers more than a 100 different sounds and makes your chords also sound like a bagpipe sometimes!




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You may choose whether you would like to have the chords sounding when tapping them or not ('general settings').




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You may select the apps language regardless of the systems language ('general settings').




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You may save different settings when using smartChord PLUS version, e.g. for the metronome under the name of the practiced piece.




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Using smartChord PLUS version you may create a backup and reproduce all your personal settings and data when needed.




14 (Arpeggio)

The arpeggio screen shows you how the individual chord notes are spread over the fretboard.




15 (Arpeggio)

You may change a chord by a tap on the chords name (also button 'chord symbols').




16 (Arpeggio)

You may choose what you would like to have shown on the fretboard: notes, intervals, ...




17 (Arpeggio)

The displayed fretboard and tuning match with the selected instrument.




18 (Arpeggio)

Choose whether you would you like to have your display remain turned on or not ('settings').




19 (Arpeggio)

Set the size and part of your fretboard. You may reduce it to three frets or just explore it up to the last fret. The displayed fretboard and tuning match with the selected instrument.




20 (Choose chord)

On the one hand the screen 'Choose chords' serves the chords selection (e.g. for ear training or the playground), on the other it is used to examine the various chords and their fingerings. This screen also leads to the screen 'Details', supplying additional information (e.g., the sounds of which the chord is composed).




21 (Choose chord)

For each chord there is also a chord detail screen, providing even more information about the chord (button down right).




22 (Choose chord)

By tapping on a chord chart the chord will be played. You may choose how you would like to have the chord played in the 'sound settings', e.g. as an arpeggio. You also may deactivate this function.




23 (Choose chord)

smartChord provides more than 300 predefined tunings, always specific for the selected instrument - even for 5-, 7- and 8-string guitars. Your tuning is not listed yet? Well, then create your own custom tuning.




24 (Choose chord)

You may sort the chords according to your preferences: difficulty, required number of fingers ...




25 (Choose chord)

To maintain an overview you may reduce the chord types by a predefined selection using the filter button (e.g. all 'sus' chords).




26 (Choose chord)

smartChord knows a lot of chord types. To attain an overview you may reduce the selection to the most common or your favorite ones.




27 (Choose chord)

For better handling determine your favorite chords (menu or simply by a long time tap on a chord type).




28 (Choose chord)

A selected bass tone can be removed from the chord by a repeated tap on the selected bass tone on the right side.




29 (Choose chord)

smartChord also knows the chords for short string instruments (e.g. 5-string banjo).




30 (Chord)

Specify the fingerings, so only fingerings will appear with the given number of fingers.




31 (Chord)

Specify how many and which frets the displayed chords may include.




32 (Chord)

Specify the information you would like to have displayed in the chord chart (fingering, sheet music, ...).




33 (Chord)

Are you not yet so familiar with your fretboard and would like to have the notes shown on the fretboard? Well, go to 'settings instrument'.




34 (Chord)

Tap on the single notes of the large chord chart to hear the individual sounds.




35 (Chord)

You may sort the chords according to your preferences: difficulty, required number of fingers ...




36 (Chord name)

You do not know the name of a particular fingering? Just point out the fingering on the fretboard and the 'chord name' function will help you.




37 (Chord name)

For a strucked string tap on the corresponding fret and for a non strucked or muted one next to the first visible fret.




38 (Chord name)

Using the default setting, only one chord name will be displayed. However there are often several common names. By pressing 'Plus' you will get all possible chord names.




39 (Chord name)

Select whether slash chords, inverted or incomplete chords should be considered or not by using the buttons (or settings).




40 (Chord name)

Tap on a chord name to open the 'Chord detail' screen showing all the specific details and possible fingerings.




41 (Chord name)

Select whether you would like to have the notes displayed on the fretboard or not ('settings').




42 (Circle of fifths)

The circle of fifths is one of the major music tools helping to transfer a piece of music to a different key, while displaying all notes of a scale. Go ahead and ask google;-)




43 (Circle of fifths)

The circle of fifths is interactive and can be rotated. Thereby the respective tonic may be changed and with it also the dominant, subdominant ...




44 (Circle of fifths)

Select a keynote for the circle of fifths by using the 'Key' button.




45 (Circle of fifths)

Activate the 'Play' button to hear the sound of every tapped chord or just deactivate this function if you do not like it. For any chord you tap on, the 'Chord detail' screen will be displayed.




46 (Circle of fifths)

Switch between treble and bass clef by tapping into the center of the circle of fifths.




47 (Ear training)

Practice your hearing with the 'Ear training' to recognize notes or chords.




48 (Ear training)

By 'New' you may determine the tones or chords you would like to practice within your selected range.




49 (Instruments)

You may select different instruments. By assessing your individual skill-level (basic, intermediate, expert) a corresponding will be made to the settings. E.g. showing all chords and fingerings (expert) or just simple and most common ones (basic).




50 (Instruments)

You may assess your individual skill-level (basic, intermediate, expert) for each instrument. Depending on the skill level, settings will change by the time you change the instrument and e.g. more or less chords and fingering are displayed.




51 (Instruments)

Please be aware, switching the skill level has an impact on the chord settings, because with a change of the skill level you also change the depending settings, e.g. number and difficulty of displayed chords and fingerings.




52 (Metronome)

You may set the rhythm for each piece of music by the help of the metronome.




53 (Metronome)

'Dimming' helps to save your smartphones energy and dims the screen while the metronome is running.




54 (Metronome)

You may let the metronome run in the background while e.g. practising scales.




55 (Metronome)

Speed up the metronome by the help of the Speed Trainer and thereby increase your pace.




56 (Metronome)

Select the instrument giving you the rhythm ('settings') - or two - one for the stressed and one for the unstressed beats.




57 (Metronome)

Using the timer you may determine how long the metronome is supposed to set the pace.




58 (Scales)

The 'Scales' screen shows you how the individual notes of a scale are spread over the fretboard.




59 (Scales)

Tap on the button with the scale name to get a variety of scales to choose from.




60 (Scales)

Tapping the 'C' button changes the scales root.




61 (Scales)

Select what you would like to have displayed on the fretboard: notes, intervals, ...




62 (Scales)

Tapping on the name of the tuning changes the tuning.




63 (Fretboard)

The displayed fretboard and tuning match with the selected instrument.




64 (Fretboard)

Set the size and part of your fretboard. You may reduce it to three frets or just explore it up to the last fret. The displayed fretboard and tuning match with the selected instrument.




65 (Tone generator)

Test the frequency spectrum of your headphones or your ears with the 'tone-generator' ;-)




66 (Tone generator)

With each frequency change, the closest coming tone will be displayed together with its corresponding frequency. Tap on the display if you would like to select a frequency by giving a note. Tap on this display to select a frequency by entering a tone. Please note: This function is only possible for large screens!




67 (Transpose)

You may transfer a song from one key to another by using the function 'Transpose'.




68 (Transpose)

Shift the note bars with your finger. Select the key of the music piece you want to transpose in the upper notebar, e.g. the tonic C (stage 1) and below the key in which the song is supposed to be transposed, e.g. F tonic. Below the second notebar you will see the notes of the transposed music piece.




69 (Transpose)

Tap on a chord name to open the 'Chord detail' screen showing all the specific details and possible fingerings.




70 (Transpose)

The number between IV and V shows you the fret on which the capo is supposed to be set in order to transpose.




71 (Tuner)

The 'Tuner' offers different modes - for beginners and for professionals - to tune their instruments. There is also a specific mode which helps you to change strings very easy.




72 (Tuner)

The guitars head shows your selected instrument and its tuning. By the time the note AND the octave of the detected tone match with the tuning, the whirls will be coloured.




73 (Tuner)

Please note, it is not possible to tune an instrument in any tuning! Strings might tear when the tension is too high.




74 (Tuner)

Please leave the 'Tuning' screen after you finished your tuning, because the tuner prevents your smartphone from switching off.




75 (Tuner)

Tap on the instruments head to change the instrument respectively on the tuning to change this.




76 (Tuner)

The concert pitch is set to 440.0 Hz. You may also customize the pitch individually.




77 (Tuner)

Please note, the vibration of your smartphone may affect the sound detection.




78 (Playground)

Using the 'playground' you may listen to the different chord sounds, compare them or just do a little jamming. Just let your fingers slide over the fretboard.




79 (Playground)

Would you like to assemble some chords? Well, switch into the edit mode by using the 'pen' - the 'check' will get you back again.




80 (Playground)

Working in the edit mode, you may change the chord selection by using 'Plus' and confirm your selection with the 'Check'. You may replace a chord/handle by tapping on the chord name and tap on the 'cross' to remove a chord.




81 (Playground)

smartChord PLUS enables you to save any chord progression in the playground. Compile your favorite chords, possibly creating a new piece of music or just store the chords of well-known compositions to practice. Additionally, you can change between your saved chord progression at various screens.




82 (Choose chord)

smartChord PLUS enables you to assemble and retain any fingering for any predefined or customized tuning. The screen 'fingering favorites' displays an overview of your selected fingerings.




83 (Chord)

smartChord PLUS enables you to assemble and retain any fingering for any predefined or customized tuning. The screen 'fingering favorites' displays an overview of your selected fingerings.




84 (Overview)

smartChord PLUS enables you to assemble and retain any fingering for any predefined or customized tuning. The screen 'fingering favorites' displays an overview of your selected fingerings.




85 (Unknown)

smartChord PLUS enables you to assemble and specify any amount of favorite tunings saving them in your tuning list. Manage the tuning list yourself: select your favorite tunings from the list of predefined tunings or add your personalized custom tuning to the list. Additionally, it is possible to change between the tunings of your tuning list at various screens.




86 (Metronome)

With smartChord PLUS it is possible to apply your personal metronome settings for any songs and exercises. That will enable you to access a 'play' and 'exercise mode' faster. Just save your favorite setting for a composition and get back to it later.




87 (Tone generator)

smartChord PLUS allows you to store different frequency sets in the tone generator for any of your exercises or tests and even gives you the opportunity to switch between them.




88 (smartChord)

smartChord is available in different dark and light colour combinations. Dark themes are more suitable to play on stage and do save your battery power. Just pick your favorite one on the homescreen (button in the upper right).