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Using the Chord Editor you can choose a chord and its arrangement. The editor suggests only chords that obey the logic of the functional movement. Also the editor suggests only the chord arrangements for each chord that are in accord with the voice-leading rules.
A panel of a selected chord is located in the middle part of the editor (see number on Figure 1). Small rectangles represent the arrangements of the selected chord. The smallest rectangle (see number on Figure 1) corresponds to the 'tight' chord arrangement. The largest rectangle (see number on Figure 1) corresponds to the 'wide' chord arrangement. The rectangle with the middle size (see number on Figure 1) corresponds to the 'mixed' chord arrangement.
Each chord has own tab (see number on Figure 1) that adjoins to the right side of the chord panel. The colour of the tab points to the name of a chord in the mode. The chords which have a blue background (various tints of blue) belong to the Tonic group of chords. The chords which have a green background (various tints of green) belong to the Subdominant group of chords. If a chord tab has the red background (various tints the red) then it means that the chord belongs to the Dominant group. To indicate the name of the chord on the tab, the Chord Editor uses the notation accepted in harmony theory. The first in the notation is the scale degree that the chord is built from. Digits after the scale degree number define the chord type. Usually the guitar chord notation is used in music software. The Chord Editor uses the guitar chord notation to indicate the names of the chords in the column on the right of the chord panel (see number on Figure 1).
On the left part of the editor you can find the notes of the previous chord (see number on Figure 1) and the notes of the current chord (see number on Figure 1). A prompt 'how to build chord progressions' is located in the right part of the editor (see number on Figure 1). Press the button (see number on Figure 1) that is located in the bottom left corner of the editor to invoke the help window. Press the button that is marked with a number on Figure 1 to play the current Motive. Press the button that is marked with a number on Figure 1 to close the editor. If you want to enable all chords and all the arrangements for the each chord then press the button 'Reset Chords' (see number on Figure 1).
How to choose the chord and its arrangement.
Point the mouse cursor to the bottom part of the chosen Motive. The editor allows you to insert only one chord for each up-beat. If the type of a Motive is 'Amphibrach' or 'Iamb' then the selected chord will be inserted in both Motives (see number on Figure 2). If the type of a Motive is 'Choree' then the editor allows you to insert one chord in one Motive. Choose the time for a chord. The chosen time is indicated by the rectangle (see number on Figure 3). Click the mouse button and the program displays the Chord Editor. Move the mouse cursor to the tab of the chord (see number on Figure 1). Click the mouse button on the tab. The editor opens the panel that corresponds to the chord (see number on Figure 1). The panel contains the rectangles which represent the allowed arrangements of the chord. Point the mouse cursor to the chosen arrangement of the chord and click the mouse button. The editor inserts the chosen chord in the chosen arrangement in the current Motive. At the same time the editor chooses the optimal position of the bass voice. The editor opens a small panel under the sign of the chosen arrangement (see number on Figure 1). The panel allows you to select the other positions of the bass voice. The chosen position of the bass is shown by the small rhombus (see number on Figure 1). The other available positions of the bass are shown by the rhombi with the grey background and the smaller size (see number on Figure 1). Just click the mouse button on the sign that represents the bass position, the editor inserts the chosen arrangement with the new bass position in the current Motive. In the left part of the editor you can find the notes of the current chord and the notes of the previous chord, point the mouse cursor to the notes of the chosen chord (see numbers and on Figure 1), then press the mouse button to listen the selected chord. Click the mouse button on the button in the bottom right corner (see number on Figure 1) to close the editor.
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