Chord Dictionary 1.0 for OS X - Reverse Chord Lookup from the Fretboard
May 8, 2012 in Music and Recording
[prMac.com] Reykjavik, Iceland - ipSoft today is pleased to introduce Chord Dictionary 1.0 for OS X, their new Music app that provides instant reverse chord lookup from a guitar fretboard. Unlike most chord dictionaries, which allow the user to select a chord and then view the correct fingerings on the fretboard, the app allows users to create their own chord and then lookup its name. An ideal reference tool for musicians of any level of expertise, Chord Dictionary can figure out chord names just from notes and intervals, and it will identify every conceivable chord on all 22 frets of the guitar. The app can also be used as an interactive teaching tool, allowing musicians to learn new chords by discovering what happens when they alter a basic chord they already know.
* Reverse chord lookup from a guitar fretboard
* Covers all 22 frets, plus chords that are physically impossible to play
* Provides the exact name of the chord produced by any fingering
* Slider control moves up the fretboard without removing fingerings
* An ideal reference for musicians of every level of experience and education
Using Chord Dictionary is extremely simple and the app's window is small and not expandable. The center of the window contains five frets vertically and six strings horizontally in the standard representation. On the far left are the fret numbers aligned in a column next to the diagram. On the far right is a slide control for moving up and down the fretboard. With the slide control fully down, frets 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 are displayed. The slide control can be raised to move up the neck one fret at a time until frets 18, 19, 20, 21, and 22 are displayed. The components of the chord (root, third, fifth, seventh, etc.) are aligned horizontally at the bottom below each string. Lastly, the complete name of the chord is displayed in bold at the top of the window.
With Chord Dictionary set to display frets 1 - 5, the user simply clicks on a string to produce a large black dot or fingering (e.g., first string / third fret, fifth string / second fret, sixth string / third fret for G Major). Each click changes the name of the chord and the components of the new chord (it is also possible to eliminate a string from the fingering). Since many chords can be played using a variety of fingerings (inversions and voicings), musicians can quickly determine if they are playing such a variant. In fact, Chord Dictionary will name every conceivable chord on the guitar neck, including those that are physically impossible to play. That means that it knows music harmony and can figure out chord names just from notes and intervals. This capability is invaluable for students of music theory, jazz guitarists, composers, transcriptionists, and midi-programmers.
Learning about chords from books is somewhat difficult, but Chord Dictionary offers an alternative. For example, from the G Major chord it is possible to create more than 30 G chords, such as G maj7, maj9, maj11, maj13, maj9#11, maj13#11, 6, add9, 6add9, maj7b5, maj7#5, m7, m9, m11, m13, m6, madd9, m6add9, mmaj7, mmaj9, m7b5, m7#5, 7, 9, 11, 13 7sus4, 7b5, 7#5, 7b9, 7#9, 7, aug, dim, dim7, sus4, sus2, etc. From the basic three-finger G Major chord, the musician can learn interactively the result of adding fourth string / fret one (Gaug5), fret two (G6), fret three (G7), fret 4 (Gmaj7), fret 5 (Gmaj), etc.
"How many times have you played a chord but weren't quite sure exactly what chord it was?" asked Sigthor Hrafnsson of ipSoft. "Now with Chord Dictionary, the reverse lookup, you can be certain of the name of every chord."
* Mac OS X 10.6 or later
* 0.9 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Chord Dictionary 1.0 for OS X is $2.99 (USD) and available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Reference category. Review copies are available on request.
Based in Reykjavik, Iceland, ipSoft was founded by Sigthor Hrafnsson in 2001. ipSoft is a small software company producing software for the Mac platform. Copyright (C) 2001-2012 ipSoft Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.