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Chord Confusion?

THE QUESTION: "Why does my keyboard sometimes get confused and play different accompaniment chords from those I play?

"Why does my KN5000 keyboard sometimes get confused and play different accompaniment chords from those I play?

For example, if I play a C major chord I hear a G7 and the display shows G7 too. It happens after I load certain songs and goes back to normal if I initialize or switch off."

Answer: By John Shute

You may have loaded a song that was recorded using "one finger" auto play chord. Change "one finger" back to "fingered" or "pianist".

To do this, turn off Auto Play Chord then press and hold that button until the options appear on the screen.

Here's what was happening. In "one finger" mode if you play more than one note the highest note is taken as the root of a chord.

The one finger rules are:

-----press a key = that major chord is played

-----add any white key below = 7th chord

-----or add any black key below = minor chord

-----both white and black below = minor 7th chord

When you played CEG the highest note was G so you asked for a G chord. You added a white note below so you got G7. It doesn't matter that you added two white keys, C and E. Any one white key would have done the same. Even F or D would still have given you G7.

Comments:

AlanH Thanks for your article about chords in one finger mode showing how to play left hand voicings (LHVs) for major, minor, dominant sevenths and minor sevenths.

I tend to play LHVs omitting the tonic note but playing the 3rd, (+5th), 7th and b9th in different inversions for example when playing altered dominant sevenths. However, I would like the KN to pick up on this and play the corresponding bass line. This would be the bass line appropriate to the 7th chord a tritone + an octave below. So, to play F7(alt) as an LHV, the bass line would be on B7.

Is there a way to achieve this?

Thanks, Alan
Posted on February 17, 2018 at 7:58 AM
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