Key Chords

Discover new guitar chords and progressions

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Key Chords is an interactive chord chart that allows you hear, see and arrange chords.

- Click on a chord to preview how it sounds.
- Drag and drop to arrange chords on the timeline
- Tweak the settings to control the playback speed

Or role the dice until you discover something that fits your mood.

Select a Key:

Select your favorite "Key" and whether you want to use the "Major" or "Minor" scale.

The resulting chord chart will display a good number of "usable" chords that all work "in the key of" the selected scale.

(In other words, all of the chords that appear in the chart will "work" in your song.)

Click a chord:

... and you will hear a cheap computer generated guitar playing the chord.

Drag & Drop:

- Chords from the chart into the timeline.

- Rearrange Chords in the timeline.

- Remove chords from the timeline.

Roll the Dice:

... and a random chord progression will appear in the timeline.

The numbers below each chord in the timeline refer to the number of "beats" the chord will linger for.

You can adjust the playback speed of the "song" using, um, the "Playback Speed" slider.

The "Rake Speed" refers to the speed of a single "strum." 

Export to Midi

Just above the timeline is a button you can use to export the timeline to a midi file -- allowing you to import your chords into your favorite DAW such as Logic, Cubase, Sonar, Protools and any other program that can handle midi files.

This feature makes building midi chords a snap!





New version (v44) released Sept. 30, 2015. KeyChords now includes midi export.

Click here for access to the old version (v42).


Comments & Suggestions?

Send us your feedback, we'd love to hear from you!



The main chart areas.

Row 1
Primary chords appear in the chart for the selected key. A good arrangement generally uses every-other chord from this row.

Row 2
Secondary chords. This row mirrors the primary row, but contains chords that are suitable replacements for the chords directly above (on the primary row).

Row 3
Alternate chords. The chords in this area of the chart represent a nice selection of complimentary chords for the selected key. Pepper these chords throughout your arrangement for subtle variances.

Fretboard Finger Chart

The small circles indicate where your fingers should be placed on the fretboard. The numbers represent which finger to use.

#1 - Pointer finger
#2 - Middle finger
#3 - Ring Finger
#4 - Pinky

As the progression changes, the fretboard chart changes just before a new chord is getting ready to play.

Strum Pattern Area

There are three modes for each strum, up, down and off. Cycle through each mode with a click of the mouse.

Add or remove strums using the small arrows to the left.


iPad App

Key Chords is now available for iPad.

Click here to go to the iTunes store.








© Mike Gieson.