Summary of chord lookup methods.
|Maj7 1||Bonus 2|
|Chord House Simple||Fail||Fail||Free||Beginner site|
|Chord House Advanced||Pass||Pass||Free||Shows all scale note positions on neck. Good reference but you have to figure out diagrams.|
|Gootar||Pass||Fail||Free||Takes too much work to find variations of chord.|
|Guitar Chords (UK)||Pass||Fail||Free||Good site. Recommended|
|iChord||Pass||Fail||Free||It runs in your browser and requires the internet.|
|TuxGuitar||Fail||Pass||Free||It’s chord tool is OK for most users.|
|GuitarPro||Fail||Pass||$59.95||GP5 chord tool about the same as TuxGuitar only GuitarPro isn’t free.|
|TablEdit||NA||NA||$59.97||Not recommend for chord lookup.|
|PowerTab||Pass||Pass||Free||It’s good. It’s free. Recommend.|
|Guitar Chords.exe||Partial Credit||Pass||Free||Recommended|
|Guitar Chord Dictionary 3.0||NA||NA||$29.99||The iChord browser tool from the same company is free. I haven’t tried this tool but I can’t see paying for it when there’s so many good free tools.|
|The Jazz Guitar Chord Bible Complete (Jazz Masters Series)
by Warren Nunes © 1999 Warner Brothers Publications.
|Pass||Pass||$15.56||Good jazz chord reference. The progressions are a nice addition but get in the way when looking up chords.|
|Guitar Chord Encyclopedia (Ultimate Guitarist’s Reference)
by Steve Hall. © 1993 Alfred Publishing Co., Inc
|Pass||Fail||$13.57||Another Good reference. Recommended.|
|Mel Bay’s Complete Book of Guitar Chords, Scales and Arpeggios
by William Bay. © 1992 Mel Bay Publications.
|Pass||Fail||$16.49||Very good reference. Recommended.|
|Essential Guitar Chords by Robert Hartz. © 1993 Mt. Holly Press. (Only available from used booksellers).||Fail||Pass||NA||It seems to be out of print. Considering the good references in print – and other sources, not a great loss.|
The technology curve
I can’t make up my mind about the order of some of these. Although the technology curve is moving to smart phone apps, I still like books. That doesn’t mean that I won’t go to desktop, online or phone app tool before I go to a book. From oldest to newest tech.
- Desktop Software
- Online Software
- Dedicated Devices
- PDA Software
- Smart Phone Apps