Unless you're Jimi Hendrix or something, I'm sure all the guitar players out there know what it feels like to be playing a partition and not know all the chords. You know, because some of them are complicated ;)
So what's a music lover to do? Googling each and every unknown chord might take a while—which is where an app along the lines of Chord! Free (Guitar Chords) comes in. More details below.
Features & Use
Test device: Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Android version: 4.0.4
Mods: CyanogenMod 9
Chord! Free (Guitar Chords) is more than your run-of-the-mill chord generator. It also displays notes in a scale and tuning tips for guitars and guitar-like instruments.
Its main function is, of course, generating chords. There are two modes for this: simple and advanced. The chord names are displayed, as are the ntoes in the chord and simple diagrams.
In simple mode, the most common chord of a tone will be displayed, though split chords can also be generated.
I like the advanced mode even better, as here there's an option of combining chord elements, meaning even slash ones can be found.
Diagrams are also features, and by clicking on one you will find additional information related to the chord, such as if the root is equivalent to the bass note.
Another great feature: by swiping across a chord you will be able to hear what it sounds like.
Chord! Free (Guitar Chords) is not overflowing with features, but it comes with a few useful functions, and that ain't bad for a free app. Plus, my guess is that what the app has to offer will prove to be perfectly sufficient for many hobby musicians.
Screen & Controls
The Chord! Free (Guitar Chords) controls are brilliant, which is no small feat considering that chord generators tend to be rather complex. This app, on the other hand, is set up very logically and is easy to use.
I also quite like the design.
Speed & Stability
Chord! Free (Guitar Chords) loads quickly and runs smoothly.
If the app's name is any indication (and it is), Chord! Free (Guitar Chords) can be downloaded for free. A small ad banner at the bottom of the display advertises the pro version, but I don't find it to be obtrusive in the least. The pro version has more features and costs about EUR 3.