Is there a lag in the timing?

Unfortunately yes. The timing of the metronome is bad on some devices (mostly Nexus). This is because we use the Android ‘SoundPool’, an Android
provided component for sound generation. It is quite unreliable and flawed on various on this very devices. Please see:
https://androidbycode.wordpress.com/2015/02/04/nexus-lollipop-soundpool-load-not-so-sweet

This has a negative effect on functions such as the metronome. We have planned to switch to a new solution to generate the sounds.

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Are the chords correct?

There is an option in the ‘Circle of fifths’ screen to simplify the chord names. If this ‘simplified mode’ is activated, the circle of fifths shows the musical symbols according to your settings in ‘General settings’-> ‘Symbols’ instead of the chords according to the music theory.
As the circle of fifths obeys the theory, it produces chords like ‘G##’. The ‘simplified mode’ shows them as ‘A’ instead.

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I can’t find a chord. What can I do?

Please go to the ‘Choose chord’ screen and change the filter to ‘All’ (funnel button beneath the table header ‘Type’). This will reveal all chord types defined in smartChord.

If you still miss a chord, send a link where the missing chord is described to info@smartChord.de. We’ll add it within one week.

smartChord knows a lot of chord types. Sometimes the overview gets lost. To attain an overview you may use the ‘filter’ functionality to reduce the chord types to the most common or your favorite ones.

By assessing your individual skill-level (basic, intermediate, expert) a corresponding set of settings will be made. E.g. showing all chords and fingerings (expert) or just simple and most common ones (basic).

Please be aware, switching the skill level has an impact on the chord settings, because with a change of the skill level you also change the depending settings, e.g. number and difficulty of displayed chords and fingerings.

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Can I switch chord diagrams to vertical orientation?

We decided to build the chord diagrams in the horizontal, as the guitar neck is also in the horizontal. We think it is easier to understand. In smartChord there are a lot of small chord diagrams and fretboard views. And we think it would look strange if the fretboard is shown in the vertical. That’s not a natural view. So we show both in the horizontal.

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Can I add own chords?

At the moment it is not possible to add own chords, but we are happy to add missing chord types to smartChord if desired. Please send a link where the missing chord is described to info@smartChord.de

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Why is there a screen overlay message?

The screen overlay is originally a problem of Android 6. And it happens, if an app requests a permission. The tuner e.g. needs the audio permission.

The reason for this message:
This message appears when you’re running a floating app, and then start a newly installed one, which requests access rights. Floating apps include the chat heads of Facebook Messenger that can appear floating above other. One solution is to grand the permission before opening the tuner. Please go to ‘Info -> Permissions -> Permissions’ and grand the audio permission to smartChord.

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