Needless to say, online chord recognition tools are popular. And now we have Chordify.
In their own words, "Chordify is a free online music service – made for and by music enthusiasts – that transforms music, from YouTube, SoundCloud or your private collection, into chords. Our service automatically recognises chords from the audio signal, and aligns them to the music in a simple and intuitive player. Chordify is a cutting edge service that helps both novice and trained musicians to play the music they want to play, making state-of-the-art music technology available to the public at large".
In my original post about Songle chord recognition I uploaded to my track Night Gliding - you can see the results here.
I tried the same with Chordify and sure enough, the basic chords and timing were extracted without issue. And, as with Songle, you can share a link to your chord charts once created - you can see my Chordify results for Night Gliding here.
While the technology behind these two tools seems similar (judging by the accuracy of the results), the interface of Chordify is certainly a lot friendlier and there are a few neat additional features. Aside from some paid features such as enabling you to transpose the track (useful if you need to learn an existing song in a different key) and change the speed of the track (useful if a performance is too fast for you to work out), it also offers neat guitar, ukelele or piano chord fingering charts to show you how to play the chords if you're unsure. That's a great feature for beginner players who would enjoy getting to know an instrument by learning songs they would like to play.
Another cool point is that if you submit a YouTube link to a track to analyse, it will display the video onscreen in time with the chords beneath. A nice touch and possibly helpful in cases where you want to see the performance at the same time as trying to play it.
For a small cost, the site will also enable you to download to PDF the chord charts it has analysed for your song, or a midi file of the chords to use in further audio editing.
Boiling it down though, this is a tool for working out the basics of a track. Even a track with simple timing but some unusual harmonies (such as my composition Something's Wrong) is stripped to its basic root notes in terms of identifying chords played.
Not great for more advanced players needing help with tricky melody runs or detailed scores, but for quick and easily help learning the basic chords and structures of a song, Chordify and Songle are pretty cool.
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