Instruction manual - Pizzicato 3.6.2 EN536 - Revision of 2013/05/29


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Chords analysis and search

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Analyze the chords of a score [Professional] [Composition Light] [Composition Pro]

Pizzicato lets you analyze the chords of a score, i.e. to discover the name and the type of the chords formed by the notes contained in the score. Open the Ex072 example. The following score appears:

With the selection tool, select these 4 measures for both staves. Select the Edit menu, then Chords… and Chords analysis… The following dialog box appears:

It lets you specify how Pizzicato will analyze the chords:

Click OK now. The following dialog appears:

This first analysis being made, you can now easily modify it, either globally or by individual chord.

In the main palette, activate the chords tool or the arrow tool (shortcut ESC). With the mouse right button (Option-click on Macintosh), click on the first C chord. A menu appears:

Pizzicato displays a list of 5 chords which satisfy the precision level of similarity specified during the analysis. The chord currently used is checked. You can select another chord. They are classified per degree of similarity (% between brackets).

If you select the Tonal analysis item, you get the previous dialog and you may select another chord progression. This choice then affects all chords concerned by the analysis (here 4 complete measures). You may easily test several different progressions. Click on Tonal analysis… then Calculate… and select a random choice with the slider. Click OK. The chords progression changes.

Searching chords for a melody [Professional] [Composition Light] [Composition Pro]

In the above example, the musical contents of the score imposes already the color and the type of chord, even if some alternatives are possible, for example when Pizzicato proposes a 4 notes chord (we had accepted chords between 3 and 4 notes) whereas the cell contains only 3 of them. The same principle can be applied to find one chords progression starting with only one staff containing a melody or a bass. Open the Ex073 example and select the bass staff on 9 measures:

In the Edit menu, select the Chords… item then Chords analysis… In the analysis dialog, fill the following options:

Click OK. In the next dialog, fill the following options:

Click OK. As you asked to convert the chords into notes on the first staff, the note conversion dialog box appears. Fill it to have:

Click OK. The score becomes:

Listen to the result. You can now listen measure by measure and modify the selected chords, one by one or with a global analysis, exactly as previously. If you do not know very well how to create chords, this method gives you a first choice. You can listen to the sequences and by modifying the suggested chords, select those you prefer. As you proceed, the notes generated on the first staff are modified according to the selected chord. You can thus select the chords in an intuitive way thanks to the multiple choices of the preselected chords. Let us see an example with a melody.

Open the Ex074.piz example and do the following:

Listen to the suggested chords. It is not the most common version… but it nevertheless does not seem too bad! You can now test other progressions, modify one or more chords until the arrangement feels good to you.

When you compose a melody, this tool helps you find the chords which would fit to accompany it. It is a composing tool.

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