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12 bar blues chords

What are they?

Chords you use to accompany your music - you can set bounce metronome to play them automatically

What can you do?

Enter any chord progression using standard chord symbols like Am, G7, or I7, V7 etc and hear it played as chords in Bounce Metronome in time with the rhythm. You just need to type in the chords as text, no need to enter the notes to play for each chord.

Where is it?

Where do I find it in Bounce Metronome:

Choose Chord Progression for Part  from the Parts drop menu - keyboard shortcut (Ctrl + 250).

(If you can't see this option, make sure you select Add Melodic Instruments... from the parts menu).

Then select  Play Chord Progression and make sure you select a melodic (rather than non-melodic) instrument for the part in the Parts (Ctrl + 9) window (e.g. Harp).

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Chord symbols you can use

Bounce Metronome recognises just about every chord symbol in common use, as you can see from this clip

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Some of the chord symbols you can use in Bounce Metronome: 
C, Cm, Csus2, Csus4, Cadd2, Cadd9, Cadd4, Cmadd2, Cmadd9, Cmadd4, Cadd2add4, Cmadd2add4, Caug, Cdim, Cdim7, C5, C6, Cm6, C6/9, Cm6/9, C6/7, Cm6/7, Cmaj6/7, C7, Cm7, Cmaj7, C7sus4, C7sus2, C7add4, Cm7add4, C9, Cm9, Cmaj9, C9sus4, C11, Cm11, Cmaj11, C13, Cm13, Cmaj13, C13sus4, Cmmaj7, CmM7, Cmmaj9, CmM9, C7#9, C7b9, C7#5, C7b5, Cm7#5, Cm7b5, Cmaj7#5, Cmaj7b5, C9#5, C9b5, C7aug9, C7dim9, C7aug5, C7dim5, Cm7aug5, Cm7dim5, Cmaj7aug5, Cmaj7dim5, C9aug5, C9dim5 (with repetitions for different spellings of the same chord).

Just enter the chord symbol (as text) and Bounce Metronome will play the correct chord for your symbol.

It can also recognise all of those in Roman Numerals notation as well and you can play them as broken chords if preferred.

Here it is as an audio clip in midi file format Chords test

This feature uses the same code as the free chord progression player from Tune Smithy if you have used that - integrated into Bounce Metronome so you can use it with any of the rhythms.

Links for chord naming system

On-line chord finders:

There are many on-line chord finders such as this one for piano:

Or more complete lists of chords such as the ones here

Brian's Huge Chordlist collection.


The standard naming system as it has evolved for Jazz and Pop chords is quite complex. Here is a wikipedia article about it.

Chord names and Symbols in Jazz and Pop music (Wikipedia)

The chords player recognises many of those chords as you see from the list above - but probably not all of them quite yet.

Do you need more chords?

Then there are other systems for instance the notation for the chords of figured bass for basso continuo in early music which could be added if there is enough interest.

If you have any particular chord symbols or types of symbols you need it to recognise - be sure to contact me and I'll add them right away if easy or add to the wish list for the future.

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