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What is Chord Viewer and how do I use it?

Chord Viewer is the third Riffstation tool. When you open any song from your music collection, Riffstation will automatically analyse the music and calculate the chords. When complete, you will see chord information on screen in Chord Viewer itself and in the Chord Strip beneath the waveform viewer. The chords are synchronised with the music so that you can listen and play along. Chord Viewer will tell you when and how to play each chord.

Chord Viewer is a computer algorithm with artificial intelligence so it is not infallible. In general, the majority of chords it provides are accurate. We’ve calculated the accuracy to be around 80% correct for pop/rock music but more complicated forms of music such as metal and jazz will throw the detection. There is another tool in Riffstation called the Chord Editor with which you can manually edit the detected chords.

Riffstation uses information from the whole track to work out the song chords so even if there are no guitars present in the music, Chord Viewer will present the detected chords in the form of guitar chord diagrams. The following sections explain the various components of Chord Viewer.

Chord View

The chord view panel is where the chord diagrams for the current chord and the next chord to be played are displayed. On the chord diagrams, an X indicates that the string is not to be played whilst the O indicates that the string is played open (no fretted note). Use the Open or Power button to switch between open chord diagrams and power chord diagrams. You can choose between 4 neck types on which to view the chord fingerings. You will also notice that both a tempo control and a key shift control are also provided here so that you don’t have to switch back to Jam Master to change the parameters. Both Chord Viewer and Jam Master are linked. If you change a setting in Chord Viewer, it will have the same effect in Jam Master. When you use key shift, the chords in chord viewer will also change. This allows you to learn the song in any key you wish. There is also a Capo feature which allows you to transpose only the chord positions without transposing the audio - just like a capo. When you use the tempo tool, Chord Viewer will slow down or speed up accordingly.

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