Fretboard and chord diagram
The appearance of the chords can be changed by a lot of options. Please browse the settings.
- The fretboard and the chord diagrams can show alternative information: Notes, finger positions, … (chord settings)
- The fretboard and the chord diagrams can be presented for right and left-handed people (general setting)
- Color schemes can help you to distinguish the different notes or intervals of chords, arpeggios, scales and the circle of fifths at a glance. smartChord offers different color combinations and (appearance settings) and a custom color scheme.
- Fret markers are optional and can be defined with color and position for each instrument individually
The following gallery shows nine chord diagrams with different settings:
- Right-hand mode is the default
- Left-hand mode
- Active appearance setting Mark open strings
- Bright app theme
- Other color scheme
- Fingering information
- Active appearance setting Semitones smaller
- Tuning with capo
- Tuning with shortened string
Please note that you can change the fingering information on the chord diagram in the Names settings or with the C-on-string button (a C in a dot on a string):
- Notes (Settings) Note names according to your settings
- Notes (Theory): Note names according to the music theory
- Relative notes
The Chord gallery can show you multiple chord diagrams at once and is horizontally scrollable. Normally it shows small chord diagrams. There is a small handle (normally) above the gallery. Click and drag it to change the size of the gallery and hence the chord diagrams.
A click on the chord gallery plays the chord if option “Sound” is enabled in general “Sound settings”.
A long click on a selected diagram opens a context-sensitive menu. The content of the menu depends on the tool where the gallery is embedded.
Are you left-handed and prefer a left-handed fretboard? Go to the general settings and activate the Left-hand mode.
Color schemes help you to distinguish the different notes or intervals of chords, arpeggios, scales, the circle of fifths or piano at a glance. smartChord offers different color combinations and a custom color scheme. You can select your color scheme in the ‘Appearance’ settings.
Color scheme binding
There is an option ‘Color scheme binding (Note)’ in the ‘Appearance’ settings. When activated, each color of the color scheme is associated to a note, otherwise to an interval.
In the example below, the image on the right shows the Circle of Fifths with an active ‘Color scheme binding (Note)’.
Custom color scheme
You can create your own color scheme in the “Appearance” settings. There you can define the color for each degree or note. The color of the text can also be adjusted. Whether the color is bound to the degree or the note is determined by the general appearance setting ‘Color scheme binding’. The custom color scheme is always listed at the end of the list.
You have the freedom to select from approximately 40 light and dark app themes based on your personal preferences. It’s important to note that these themes vary in terms of contrast and readability, ensuring that you can find the perfect balance for your visual comfort and usability.
The songbook offers additional options for customising the appearance with color variants, fonts and modes.