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(@rparker)
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Can anyone suggest a chord calculator or mapper type of software? It can be online or desktop. Preferabbly free. Too many online to choose from and I test drove a couple and didn't like. I need one that you can tell it which strings get pressed at what frets and tell you the chord name(s). I need it to also handle capo and most importantly, open tunings. (specifically, G)

Roy
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 cnev
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Roy what do you want this to do? There are a million out there that will show you the fingerings of chords etc. I'm sure you can find one that incorporates a capo not sure about the open tunings.

But how would you expect it to work, type in B and then have it come back with all the places to play a B chord and the different fingerings?

Do you have a specific example?

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(@rparker)
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Hi cnev. Yes, I use one that is mostly functional. Seems to be a forgotten project as it's been beta for a couple years at least. You can set tuning and mute strings needed or assign fingers to the fret as needed for capo emulation. It does not return results all of the time. Most of the time, but not always. Maybe 60-80% success. This is the type I'm mostly looking for.
http://www.chordbook.com/guitarchords.php

I also use this one which gives you chord charts for all of the chord names. Kind of opposite direction of what I need. Helps out with the real oddball chords. It has a chord namer too, but I can't change from standard tuning to an open tuning.
http://jguitar.com/chord?notes=flats

Roy
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(@musenfreund)
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Planet Waves has a great app for iPhone, btw.

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 Nuno
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An old member (maybe you remember him, Misanthrope) has a very good page. Perhaps it could be useful for you:

http://www.chordsandscales.co.uk/


   
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(@rparker)
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Planet Waves has a great app for iPhone, btw.
I'll have to check their site out and see if a desk top app exists. Thanks for the tip.
An old member (maybe you remember him, Misanthrope) has a very good page. Perhaps it could be useful for you:

http://www.chordsandscales.co.uk/
Yup, I remember the name anyhow. Thanks for the link. It looks good and will likely use it, but I need something the opposite direction.

Roy
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(@vic-lewis-vl)
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Have a look at this one Roy - I found it about 5 years ago and I've used it ever since.

http://www.guitarnotes.com/chordgen/

Very user-friendly, with a variety of tunings (including that open G!) available.

:D :D :D

Vic

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I don't think I could live without http://www.chordbook.com/ and http://www.jguitar.com/ That may not say much for my knowledge of chords and music theory, but these are about as handy as it gets. Well hey, we used to use printed books. I stll have one from about 35-40 years ago.

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(@rparker)
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Vic, I need one that works similar to the Chord Namer in Mino's post. (That one will not let me change tunings) The one in chordbook does let me change tuning, but is very poor with the results.

Mino, I use those often. Pretty good. Chordbook comes close. Their algorithms are not quite complete, though.

Roy
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