The feature ‘Chord name’, also known as reverse chord finder, shows a chord’s name for a given fingering. It is aware of optional notes (skeleton chords) in chords like the fifth in a C7.
Optionally it allows:
- Slash chords
- Inverse chords
- Incomplete chords
- Rootless chords
To get the chord name of a fingering, tap the corresponding fret for each string, or tap next to the nut for an open, resonant string. Tap on, or next to the nut for a muted string (not plucked) until a cross appears.
You will see your chord notes below the fret diagram. smartChord identifies possible chord names according to your combination of notes. Often there is more than one possibility to name a chord, therefore you might be shown different chord names.
The default setting displays just one chord name, you may extend the list to all possible chord names by using the ‘+’ option. Reduce it again by using the ‘-‘ option.
Tapping on a chord gets you to the ‘Details‘ screen providing you with even more specific information and possible fingerings. smartChord always offers you the most popular chord name in the first place. The options ‘Slash’, ‘Enverse’ or ‘Incomplete’ might extend the list of naming chords.
- Slash: means slash chords will be included in the determination of names. They can be found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/slash_chord
- Inverse: means inverse chords will also be shown. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/inversion_(music) and
- Incomplete: means other chords – for example, chords without a fifth – will be considered
- Rootless: chords are regarded as complete, even if the root note is dropped
Of course, you can also use a capo while naming chords.