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Color indications in Liquid Notes tell you how far off your chords are

When looking at the user interface of Liquid Notes, one of the things that stands out is the addition of color indications to the main controls. There is also a vertical bar just below each chord symbol that shows in different color, depending on the settings you have chosen for each chord.

Those color indications provide information on the conventionality of chords from a perspective of Western musical styles.

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Conventionality of chords in music theory

Music theory offers you a myriad of possibilities for chord progressions in multiple genres, and for different musical styles. The majority of hit music follows very basic chord progressions only, while when standing out from the crowd and creating a piece that has all those fine nuances added to it you have to dig deeper. This is when alternatives for, say, a standard C chord are being looked at.

In Liquid Notes you can do that swiftly by a few clicks on the chord, tension or chord function controls. With any change you make to your arrangement, not only will our intelligent chord progression management software model those notes on all tracks affected for you, but also indicate its conventionality.

This is done by using the outer rings of the chords and tension buttons and color them. We follow a traffic light pattern, with green indicating rather conventional whereas red stands for rather unconventional. The further off you are from the beaten track, the more unfamiliar those chords will sound to your ears.

On top of this you'll also find a vertical bar at the top of each chord, just underneath the chord symbol. While the colored rings of the main control reflect their respective setting, the vertical bar represents the summary of all settings for this chord. It tells you how far off your chords are.


Want to see how far off your chords are?

In practical terms, these color indications help you get an idea on how your music compares to what is deemed as conventional in music theory. And, when importing a project into Liquid Notes you can quickly get an overview of how your style of music compares to what others do, and where you can add more spice to it.

Have any information to share on your experience with it? We'd love to hear your comments.

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