|Chord Reference back to all widgets|
You choose the note and the chord, shazam it is, you just need to play the guitar.
You choose a note and chord type. This ergonomic widget will display
simply how to hold that chord on your guitar. Your ear is the limit.
This is a port of the original classic shareware for Mac OS in 1994...
It hopefully offers an ergonomic interface for chords, one you'll find
useful and easy to use. It is free, but postcardware, which mean I'll
be really happy to get a postcard from you in order to stimulate my
download latest version
|Wednesday 02 January 2008|
|v0.8 Safari 3 compatible || releases|
|v0.8 resolves display bugs that happened with Safari 3 (many thanks to Jacek)|
a few minor display bugs where resolved too (handover mode)
the download link leads to the new version
|Thursday 28 July 2005|
|thanks and a few answers || news|
|Just a small note to thanks all of you for your nice messages. :-D There
have been thousands of downloads, and tens of feedbacks. A few
questions came up, and I wanted to answer them here.|
1 the original Chord Reference was 11KB, why is it so big today?
The chords where calculated on the fly, and the software in black
and white with no images, just polygons drawn, that's why. I could have
redone this, but I wanted to try putting some web contents inside
(that's what Dashboard is all about no? ;-) ), experiment a bit the
looks and make it really colorful. And, I believe even dial-up users
can manage that kind of size today.
2 why not all the chords? why not all the hand-positions?
As I mentioned in the previous answer, the chords are not calculated as
they used to by the widget itself. They are hard coded. The reason is I
didn't feel it was faster to test the routines to draw the notes at the
good places, it was faster to do so and easier for me to test my page
construction template. I will
definitely rewrite the code (if you checked it, it's an awful mess).
Also, there are tons of tools to view chords on a guitar neck, many
more complete. I just wanted Chord Reference to simply be useful,
humble, and a good help to play better, not a substitute for
guitarists' memory. For now...
3 why not play the notes?
Because I didn't find the time to complete the option. And as I don't
want to rely on a Dashboard plug-in for midi or audio in order to retain web
compatibility, it will take a bit of time, which I don't have much. I found a way, but I'm refining it. Probably v0.7ß, but
I am also working on some online options which I find more convincing
and fun to play with.
4 could you do a Konfabulator plug-in, I want to use it with Windows.
That's a tough one. Maybe once, I just don't have the time yet.
And I really find it fun how Apple has pulled-out the Dashboard thing
Microsoft wasn't allowed to do: integrate the web browser into the
system. Good job Mister Jobs!
5 you are a bassist, so why guitar?
Because I'm not a guitarist, I need help with chords. But, as
you already noted, the icon is with my 6-stringer bass... I let you
guess what's coming up. ;-)
And I will try to answer the other questions directly! Thanks again to
all for your support (I can't wait for the postcards some of you sent
me I didn't yet receive)! :-D
|Sunday 24 July 2005|
|v0.6 || releases|
|Version 0.6ß is out. Sus chords are added as well as piano keyboard indication of the notes composing the chord.|
A basic "hand view" proposes an example of how to play the chord on the guitar.
|v0.5 || releases|
|The first version (0.5ß) of Chord Reference is out. This is basically a
test of the looks and basic functionalities of the widget. It looks
similar to the 1994 shareware for Mac OS, except the looks are less
minimalist. Hope you like it. I will try to enhance it with new
functionalities. Thanks for all your emails! ;-)|