Reverse Chord Lookup with Synfire

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Reverse Chord Lookup with Synfire

Hi.

I uploaded on YouTube a video showing how I performed a reverse chord search: i.e., given a melody, I asked Synfire to deduct the corresponding chord(s). This should be a task for the Harmonizer, but I must admit that, so far, the Harmonizer didn't gave me fully satisfying results.

Should anyone watch it and have any question, I'm here (more or less).

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Roberto

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EDIT -- Sorry for the typo at 3:53. We are searching on **four** notes, not five.

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I don't know why on YouTube the text boxes shrink and expand on fading. Must be something wrong with ScreenFlow settings. Will take a look.

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For the finickies: actually the "three chords" are... one: Eb(add9). Synfire lists the same chord with different names. The most important thing is that it's the right chord!

There are several apps out there which perform the reverse lookup to find chords and scales starting from a bunch of notes. I sometime use Piano Companion, but on Mac is also pretty good Tessitura Pro.

This is a function that should be enhanced in Synfire, since it's common practice when looking for musical ideas.

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No if you don’t have a midi keyboard. Suppose you are traveling with your laptop... :-)

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Is it possible to do a reverse lookup on scales. If a play a scale, what’s the best way to work out it’s harmonic context in Synfire? At the moment I try and recreate it in the catalog. But there must be a better way?

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Hi Ruchir.

I'm not sure I understood exactly the question, but I think the fastest way is to load the desired scale into the Palette. Synfire will take care to show you all, really all the possible chords on that scale (or on more scales if you upload more than one)

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I wonder if there is a way to play that scale into the palette via a midi keyboard?

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Yes, you should check at page 90 of the user guide ;-)

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Hi Roberto,

 

The YouTube link is no longer working.

Could you update the link please?

I’m interested to see your video on this topic.

 

thanks,

mike

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Hi Mike.

 

I deleted the video for it was of very low quality. Will redo it as soon. In the meanwhile I must update this post, thank you for the reminder!

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