MusEdit Features - Chord Charts

Using MusEdit for... Chord Charts

    Because of its flexibility, huge chord dictionary, and powerful chord designer, it is easy to use MusEdit for chord charts in many different styles.  

    Only three or four buttons are needed to create basic chord charts:

Click on (1) to enter a text line for the title, comments, lyrics, etc.  You can enter a text line anywhere you want.  In the picture above, the words "Chord exercise:  maj9 chords" are in a text line.
Click on (2) to enter a "chord line", in which you can easily enter chords by simply typing the name of the chord, then selecting the variation you want.  In the picture above, Cmaj9, Dmaj9, and Emaj9 are all in one chord line.
Click on (3) to show or hide the chord diagrams associated with the chord names.  You can pop the chord diagrams into view at any time, or hide them permanently if you wish.
To change the font of a text line, click in the line, then click on (4) and select a new font via a standard Windows font dialog.  For example it's common for the title of a chord chart to be in a bigger, bolder font.  See some of the examples below...

In a chord line, when you begin to type the name of a chord the chord dialog will pop into view:

You can just keep typing the name of the chord you want though... as you type the letters of the name the dialog will pull up the most appropriate chord.  
For example: 
    you type "C" - C major chords will come up,
    you keep typing: "C"..."m" - and C minor chords will come up
    you still keep typing: "C"..."m"..."a" - now Cmaj7 chords come up
    you keep on typing: "C"..."m"..."a"..."j"..."9" - and you see Cmaj9 chords

You can accept the first suggested variation of Cmaj9 chords if you wish, but if you want to see alternate voicings which are available, click on the "View" button to get:

Right-click on any variation to hear how it sounds (hold the Ctrl key down when you do this if you want to hear each note distinctly as an arpeggio); Left-click to select the variation you want into the chord dialog.  Finally, hit OK in the chord dialog to enter the selected chord into your chart.

MusEdit has over 8,700 build in chords (in standard tuning), but if you don't find the chord you want, or you want to create your own voicing of an existing chord, you can use MusEdit's easy to use chord designer (just click on the "New" button on the chord dialog):

MusEdit has a very powerful chord designer which enables you to design
custom chords in any key, with any name, with up to seven frets,
for 2 - 8 string instruments, in any tuning!


Here are some examples of chord varieties which can be created with MusEdit:

three different views of every chord can be entered:

Chord names can be in any font available on your system:

Chord diagrams can be made very tiny (for a pocket reference, for example) or very large (up to 400% of "normal" size) so they can be seen in a dimly lit room, or on a music stand:


Samples of Chord Charts:

(Note! Printed images will not have the jagged lines seen in these screen shots! See FAQ-Appearance)

All Chords Sample

Chord Progression Exercise

Cotton Saxophone


Intro and Ending References

Jessie's Favorite Song

Love The One You're With

Red Cedar

Take It Easy

Under The Milky Way




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