Chord checker

• Feb 23, 2018 - 09:26


Yesterday I was presenting Musescore to a friend. And he asked me if the program had something like a "spell checker" but for music, like a chord checker. Actually, I found the idea really interesting : it could be an option that the users could activate or not, and it would, for example, underline a group of notes (of the same scope or not) if they play a chord that exists (i.e. Am, Gb7, ... etc.) or not (and the user could choose to add it to his database.

All the program would have to do is looking at every note which is played at the moment T, and look if it exists or not.

I think this idea could help me (and probably other people too) a lot, because sometimes I work on pretty complex music (orchestral music, with dozens of instruments), and it is sometimes hard to do a chord prooerky, because when I listen to it, it seems ALMOST alright, but there is sometimes one instrument which plays a wrong note.

Hope the idea will interest you (and sorry for the English mistakes, it's not my mother tongue ^^').


Thank you for replying, but I don't really care about knowing what chord I have. I would prefere something that shows me what group of notes don't match together, which note exactly and could suggest me how to correct it. Like a spell checker would do : if a word is wrongly written, it suggest other words (which is nice when we don't know the correct spelling).

In reply to by Kitrinos

I believe this is the closest thing possible to a spell checker for music. There are no rules that says you cannot have any specific note in a chord. Not every chord sounds good, but almost every combination of notes has been used in a chord at one time or another. If you discover that there is a note added to a chord you will then know which note you may not want. The chord identifier is very flexible and will allow chords for an entire orchestra to be identified as well as the chords on a keyboard type instrument.

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