IMPORTANT NOTE: This is an old version. If you are considering buying ChordMate, please take a look at ChordMate 3. ChordMate 2 is here as an important 2.x update for existing users.
"A very practical and useful tool in terms of the features it offers. Their combination together [in one app] is unprecedented!" — Gitarre & Bass magazine
"ChordMate is an invaluable tool for guitar players, particularly students and teachers." — tuaw.com
"ChordMate is the ultimate app for any guitarist who would like to dwell deeper into chord theory." — appstorm.net
"With great depth and a stack of chords, you will be more than satisfied" — iCreate Magazine
ChordMate is a digital chord book. In addition to the guitar chords frequently found in books, it gives you less common voicings that will make your chord progressions sound more interesting and fresh. It also lets you create your own diagrams and automatically suggests names for your custom chords.
ChordMate lets you build a chord progression by dragging the chords from your search results (or your custom chords) into the chord progression area. This is a great way to experiment with different chord voicings and find chords that sound best together. It can be invaluable if you want to use chord voicings that are not easy to play.
- Play the chords on your Mac. ChordMate can produce the sound of acoustic and electric guitars and gives a realistic preview of how the chord would sound on your guitar.
- Copy any chord diagram into another program. ChordMate lets you export (drag and drop or copy and paste) a diagram as either a png or pdf so that it will look great on screen and paper.
- Create your own diagrams. You can click on an empty diagram with a mouse or enter the frets as text. ChordMate automatically suggests possible names for your chord. You can drag the diagram into the chord progression area or export it to other programs. You can also modify an existing diagram by dragging it into the empty diagram.
- Order and filter chords to get to the right voicing quickly. ChordMate supports a number of useful filters such as open chords, first inversion, etc, and you can create your own. For example, you can set a specific top note or bass note. ChordMate can also order chords by musical quality, ease of play, and fret.
- Find chords with specific notes or scale degrees. This is useful to lookup a chord symbol or to find the right chord type when you know only some of the notes that should be in the chord.
- Choose from the list of chords as you type your search. ChordMate shows the list of matching chords, their notes, and formulas.
- Set capo and alternate tunings. ChordMate works equally well with any tuning, so you can explore new tunings with confidence that you won't overlook an interesting chord.
- compatibility with OS X Yosemite
- bug fixes
Drag and drop or copy / paste into Songs, our song sheet editor.
Ratings and Reviews
No Midi save.
This App is pretty good for putting together chord progressions, however, if you could create midi files from the chords and export them, this program could be great.
I like this program. I'm using it to construct my own chord sheets for a class I'm teaching. It's easy to find a chord and drag it into a word processing program. Once in the program, the frets can be easily re-sized, which I truly love. For my purposes, I frequently move a note or 2 in the chord, or add/ delete notes (simple mouse clicks). Sometimes I rename the chord. By clicking on what looks like a crayon in the menu, a blank fret shape appears off to the side, over which you can drag any chord from the library. It is there that you you change the notes, name of the chord, and fingerings. After that, you drag the chord into your library or into your WP program (like Pages), or both. When I had questions, support was immediate and thorough. The only flaw is that you cannot create a library of new chords that you create. For example I would like to be able to set up my own folder for just 3-note chords. Another thing I wish it would do is, once you line up a set of chords, that it would play the progression. All it does is play each chord as you click on it individually. Those 2 things are what prevent me from going all out with 5 stars.
I found this program just 3 weeks before my class and have easily made the 8 worksheets I need. I will be making a lot more with this program. Now if I could find one for ukulele that works like this one.
Highly useful and highly amazing.
Amazing. I was sold on the Mac version over iPad by the fact that it can make sense of custom alternate tunings, which I like to use a lot in songwriting and jamming out in general. I spell open D a bit differently than most, with an E on the high string, for example.
Also, chord symbol lookup. I love finding uncommon chords, and incorporating them into my playing vocabulary. Problem is, I rarely know what they are.
I already can see, within a day of use, this is a great tool to better understand, document, remember, and communicate what I'm playing. Powerful.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.