ChordLab Mac OS X

Chord Finder


The Chord Finder in ChordLab is a utility used to analyze and identify chords. It is not designed to "find an E chord" or such, but rather a utility that lets you name a chord that one plays. Many times when playing around with new ideas we can encounter a set of notes that sound intriguing, but are not easily put into harmonic context. Yet to generate a leadsheet or communicate what we are playing to other musicians, we need to identify chords. Often attempts at analysis may yield unlikely constructs like chords consisting mostly out of tensions. This is where ChordLab's Chord Finder may be useful.


Basic Operation

The Chord Finder sheet can be displayed either via menu (command-shift-F) or the Chord Finder toolbar button. The sheet initially appears with four popup menus set to '-', no title and a red traffic light. Chords are entered by selecting the appropriate note names from the popup menus as shown below or via MIDI instrument. It is not important to differentiate between flats and sharps for manual input - just getting the right note suffices.


As soon as a solution is found Chord Finder will switch to a green traffic light and already display the found chord in closed voicing and root position.

Note: There are many situations where there may be more than one harmonically correct solution for a given set of notes. Chord Finder is configured to find the most likely solution that contains the least amount of alterations.


MIDI Input

Any connected MIDI instrument can be used to input notes while using the Chord Finder. It is important to note that ChordLab currently operates with a maximum of four notes.


The Reset button is most useful when inputting note names manually. When clicked the Chord Finder state will reset to blank as shown at the top of the page.