How to use chord track after you have a chord progression??

So I have a chord progression but the second bar of the chord progression I want to change the chords and I’m also stuck on trying to find the last chord. So anyway how do I tell chord track what the last chord is before the chord change I’m stuck on?? So chord track can help me find that last chord.

When I map to chord track my midi notes change. Could be because I’m not using proper chords(don’t know because I only know a medium amount of theory)

It is a bit hard to understand your question from the description. Could you post the actual progression you have and indicate which chords you don’t have with an X. Something like:

C Am F X Dm G X

In any case you’ll often want the final chord in a progression to be a cadence of some sort. Typically that would be (in order of decreasing sense of finality) a I, V, or maybe a vi chord. In C Major those would be the C, G, & Am chords.

I understand what your saying. So I found that what is happening is that when I send my chords to chord track they get transposed an octave higher.

Anyway the main question was basically let’s say I have a 4 chord progression but I can’t get that last chord right. So I send the chords to chord track. Then when I play them back they don’t sound the same so the final 4th chord won’t be correct.

I think I just have to play around with it a little bit more. It says my first chord is a bmin7th chord but it plays it in a higher octave. This I’m thinking is because of the options I have set. I also have it set on piano which I want. I think I’ll be able figure it out now.


Well the chord track itself doesn’t really have any specific octave info associated with it - a G chord is a G chord independent of the octave it is in. However when you have the chord track play back via an Instrument or MIDI track then the chord will be played using the voicing settings you set in the inspector of the Chord Track. So for example if you have it set to use piano voicing it will play notes for the left and right hands that fit nicely on the bass and treble staffs. When you analyze an existing midi part to generate a Chord Track the octave info is lost and not included in the chord track.

Personally I’d never use the Chord Track to play an actual part, since it is fairly limited in what it can do (i.e. block chords played one time whenever a chord event occurs). Mostly I use it to sketch out a progression and tryout various alternative progressions (such as different chord substitutions). Then once I like the progression I’ll mute the chord track and drag the chords down onto a midi track to create a midi part with those chords (or just hand enter them in with the Key Editor). After that I edit the new midi part to have it play the chords the way I want - changing the voicing, arpeggiating the chord etc. The Chord Track isn’t really designed to play music, rather it assists in composing and documentation.

I found that you can use the X’s as empty blocks to stop a chord from sustaining and then place your next chord after that wherever you want and you can do a proper chord progression.

Thanks. I find that chord track is not bad but I find that it’s mostly just help me make the existing chords that I come up with more complex…which is great.