I have learned a lot from following the posts on this site and am really thankful to all who have been willing to share their knowledge, experience and expertise. So in that spirit I would like to pass along something I stumbled upon yesterday while looking for some chord tabs. I came upon a site called "Chordify". They have an app and website that allows one to enter a link to a youtube video or upload an mp3 and it will figure out the chords for guitar, piano, uke etc... And of course, nothing comes along without some cost but during the month of October, the yearly discount price comes out to less than 2 bucks a month. I've spent more than that on a couple of beers so I thought I would give it a try. Most any song you can think of has been posted on Youtube so I was pleasantly surprised to see the vast amount of material that has already been "chordified". Since I can't play as fast as most of you fellas, this site has a feature that allows the video or song to be slowed to 75% or half speed which is great for an old geezer like me and even has a loop function that will allow for repetition of some part that you might like to concentrate on. The app works both on ios and android. The website version seems pretty stable. I haven't learned all the ins and outs but so far everything seems to be working and it has made practicing a lot more fun. Checking out some of the oldies like the Carter family and Jimmy Rogers has been a hoot. Great way to learn new songs and do the play along thing. I would like to hear if anyone knows of similar sites.
Agree that it is a great way to start the woodshedding process of learning a new song. Just be aware that most of these chord identifying tools are limited in their accuracy, especially if the song is complex and/or has multiple instruments playing different parts. I also notice that they miss most of the passing chords, and will suggest that the same chord is played for multiple measures when in reality there is an actual progression happening.
The other thing that stood out is chord/fingering recommendations do not take into account if the instrument is using a capo or not. Not a problem if you know all the chord pockets/scales, but can be a struggle when trying to figure out how a lick is being played. So if you have an idea if the capo is used, you can use the transpose or capo feature and adjust the chord output.
another alternative that you may consider:
Great analysis of chordify. I noticed all of those short comings but also saw that the chord structures can be edited by adding in passing chords. The option of simplified chords is great for beginners. I also did find upon further examination that many people use a combination of both chordify and chordu for the exact reasons you stated. I guess it is time for me to go further down the rabbit hole and take a look at chordu also. Thanks for the suggestion. It is a great time to learn an instrument. The available resources are astounding. I remember waiting half a day with a cheap tape recorder to record a Buddy Holly song off a 2 transistor radio. Things have certainly changed since those days.
Ok , I'm a Luddite , so I ask the stupid question .
So is this a real time type thing that flashes or scrolls the chords on the screen in time with song while it's playing ? Or does it let you print it out on a piece of dead tree , to keep in a notebook or folder , to put on your music stand as appropriate ?
A few days ago I searched Youtube for dobro stuff, came across Abbie Gardner's lesson in G blues, what I got was the most straight forward lesson playing in E minor and a few other plain and simple tunes and chord stuff, worth looking at. I've seen her YouTube page a few times but only just paid attention a few days ago!!
Abbie Gardner, take a look.
I like Abbie Gardner too. I've managed to keep up with several of her videos while learning things I didn't know, but I could do them that day.
Abbie is the real deal! Her instructional videos are really accessible and to the point. +1 for the positive encouraging vibes. +1 again for being a great singer/songwriter.