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Old 02-06-2009, 10:44 PM   #1
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Chord Progression Search

Probably more effort than it works but I wanna throw this idea out there. How about a way to search for songs by chord progressions? It'd be really useful for when you're looking for songs to string together in a medley or something.
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Old 02-07-2009, 12:11 AM   #2
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Sounds cool but probably a lot of effort.
Surely starting a thread in one of the forums would work just as well?
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Old 02-07-2009, 10:29 AM   #3
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Different tabs might say different things about the same songs. There's thousands, tens of thousands, dare I say millions of tabs on UG. To find ones with similar chord progressions would be nearly impossible.
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Old 02-08-2009, 08:22 AM   #4
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This would be awesome as I'm a newbie in the guitar world. I would love to be able to search by chords. Be able to put in G, D, A and come up with the songs. I just know the basics for chords right now. Bm, C, D, E, Em, F#m, G, A, Am. Some of the other ones are really hard for me. I've only been at this for 3 weeks.
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Old 02-08-2009, 10:12 AM   #5
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This would be awesome as I'm a newbie in the guitar world. I would love to be able to search by chords. Be able to put in G, D, A and come up with the songs. I just know the basics for chords right now. Bm, C, D, E, Em, F#m, G, A, Am. Some of the other ones are really hard for me. I've only been at this for 3 weeks.


Barre chords are kind of tough, the fact that you can do F#m and Bm means you're coming along pretty well. Like I said, this suggestion probably won't go through. To help you out, this might be useful.
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Old 02-08-2009, 07:21 PM   #6
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This would be awesome as I'm a newbie in the guitar world. I would love to be able to search by chords. Be able to put in G, D, A and come up with the songs. I just know the basics for chords right now. Bm, C, D, E, Em, F#m, G, A, Am. Some of the other ones are really hard for me. I've only been at this for 3 weeks.


This might be an incredibly useful concept. It all depends on what the programmers might be able to design into a search. I seriously doubt they can work will fully tabbed songs. But the "chords" tabs might work.

Let's say you put in a few chord names to limit the search. Then the search program returned a list of chord tabs that only used any of those chords and no others. Or maybe you could select an option to allow listing songs that also have ONE chord that wasn't on your list. This would mean you'd get a list of songs you where would only have to learn one new chord to play that song. That could help you in improving your skills gradually.


I guess it all depends on how much trouble it would be for the programmers to design and how much resources each search would require. But the basic premise sounds excellent, to me.
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Old 02-11-2009, 03:57 AM   #7
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Great idea We'll try to implement that.
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Old 02-11-2009, 08:16 AM   #8
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ditto

thanks for the great suggestion!
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Old 02-23-2009, 01:09 PM   #9
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That's an awesome idea.

Has to be incredibly hard to program though.
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Old 12-14-2009, 08:09 AM   #10
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That's an awesome idea.

Has to be incredibly hard to program though.

I'm working on a concept and then searched google to see if a site has the feature already. No one seems to have this. It needs a fancier UI, but it's working already. Only have some songs in the database to test with.

http://www.grenswetenschap.nl/sbc/ (temporary url)

Probably gonna have this ready by the end of the year. Except the database offcourse. That'll take some time.
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Old 12-14-2011, 03:14 PM   #11
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Sorry to reopen this, but i was searching for the same thing just now and found nothing. So this is still something that would be good to have.

What I did as a workaround was a selective google search.

I searched the following in google:
site:ultimate-guitar.com "am dm g c f"

The first part tells it search only ultimate-guitar.com. Putting the chord progression in quotes does 2 things. 1, it requires matches on all. 2, it sorts the results so that it shows the hits that were in that specific order (am, dm, g, c, f) show at the top.

The results were about what I expected.

Not perfection, but this should help anyone else that comes across this thread.
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Old 05-03-2012, 05:06 AM   #12
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If anyone is still interested in finding different music via tonality, I have created a Q&A site called soundtagger.com. Feel free to email me at socalstuff@yahoo.com with suggestions/tips etc.
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Old 02-21-2013, 08:38 AM   #14
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This would be awesome as I'm a newbie in the guitar world. I would love to be able to search by chords. Be able to put in G, D, A and come up with the songs. I just know the basics for chords right now. Bm, C, D, E, Em, F#m, G, A, Am. Some of the other ones are really hard for me. I've only been at this for 3 weeks.

There is such a search engine available: http://www.searchbychords.com/.
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well, I geuss it is relevant to the question (and you didn't create your own thread about it), but you created an account just to advertise and you bumped a three year old discussion
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Not really. I came by it by accident. Remove the post if you don't like it. Just wanted to be helpful.
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Old 03-14-2013, 08:44 PM   #18
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If anyone is still interested in searching by chord progression you should check out Hooktheory Trends. http://www.hooktheory.com/trends. It lets you find all songs with the same chord progression and see the next “most likely” chord in a progression based on statistics from a bunch of song analyses.
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