Using a chord finder is a pretty straightforward process, but taking the time to familiarize yourself with its basic design will help you identify and understand the chords that you need to study. So the following is a sort of “walk-through” of a good one we found on the World Wide Web.
The first thing that you should see is a graphical representation of a piano keyboard. It doesn’t have to be fancy, but its representation should make the white keys easily distinguishable from the black keys. This is important because not all programs use audio. Most of them are visual tools and their effectiveness depends on its ability to correctly display the keys of a chord. Therefore it should use color or dots to distinguish the keys of a chord from all the other keys on a piano.
The next thing that you should see is a list of root keys and chord names. The root key is the first key of a chord and it will influence the kind of chord (chord name) that you want to play. There are 12 root keys that you can choose from to create up to 600 different chords. You should also see a list of chord names (up to 50 of them) somewhere near the list of root keys.
Selecting a root key won’t do anything by itself. You’ll need to select a chord name in addition to a root key before you start to see any action. This is because the root key influences the keys of a chord.
Now once you make your selections, you should see a display of the keys of the chord. Depending on the program itself, the display may be colorful, dotted, or even plain text. If the display is plain text, the program will display the name of the selected chord’s keys, like ” C, Eb, G” for example. That combination simply means that playing the “C”, “E flat”, and “F” keys plays the “C Minor” chord. If the program is audio-enabled, you will hear what the chord should sound like when it’s played on the piano.
A major benefit of using an in-depth chord finder is that it greatly reduces the strain in locating the correct keys of a chord. It also addresses the numerous chords that are available in an easy to user interface. Without such a tool, you would have to flip back and forth through a music book, which may not even list all the available chords. With a chord finder however, you never need to worry about where the keys of a chord are is because they’re readily identified with a few clicks of the mouse.
Understanding the ease of this tool now, you can perhaps see why they’re so highly recommended. And your use of one could be the tie-in between a speedy lesson and beautiful music — playable within hours instead of days.