Riffstation FREE Music Chord Analyser - Extract Chords from any Music Video

Riffstation FREE Music Chord Analyser - Extract Chords from any Music Video

Found 23rd Jul 2014
A very impressive & useful tool for musicians. Simply search for the name of a song or band, and the site will bring up the relevant video from Youtube. Choose the song from the list and it automatically analyses the track audio, works out which chords are being played, and displays them in guitar, ukulele or piano notation. So you can play along.
How clever is that!

Despite involving what is undoubtedly some very clever technology behind the scenes, the user interface is actually really simple to use. And it's currently free, too. The system claims to have analyzed hundreds of thousands of songs already, but will offer to scan your chosen song if the one you select hasn't already been processed. It takes just 20 seconds or so.

While it's far from perfect, the system is still a brilliant idea and a great help to budding musicians everywhere.

How does it work?
Just search for any song or artist and Riffstation will give you the chords for any song synced with the YouTube video! You can view the chord diagrams in sync with the music for guitar, ukulele and piano.

Where do the chords come from?
Riffstation uses an automatic chord recognition algorithm to "listen" to the music and figure out the chords for you!

How accurate are the chords?
The chord recognition algorithm detects major, minor and 7th triads with about 85% accuracy in typical rock/pop music. The chord positions shown are in root position only. The chords will always be detected and shown in the actual key the song was recorded in. If the song is in difficult key to play in, you can use the capo tool and play in any key you like with a capo on your guitar.

Can I edit chords which are not correct?
Not right now, but we are working on it!

Are there any advanced features?
For more advanced players we have Riffstation for Mac and PC. You can load in any song from your music collection and do amazing things. In addition to giving you chords, you can also slow down and pitch shift the music, isolate or mute the guitar to create your own jam tracks and lots more.

Example Riff
AC/DC - You Shook Me All Night Long
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Nice post. Thanks
Only tried it on two songs but both times came back pretty darn accurate. Loving it!
Saved in the favourites!
Yep excellent find Ant and a very clever site
1) "Under the bridge" - no issues
2) matteo carcassi prelude (expecting them not to have any classical) - came back with a list of variants, option to "get chords" which it did ..
Clearly great for chord playing when it gets it right. I wonder if it will ever get clever enough to illustrate music in tabs or standard music notation down to the individual notes and nuances of playing them - That would be simply amazing
very clever
love it. thanks
Thank you so much. Brilliant software
awesome, thanks
like it but only some songs are not so accurate like fun.: we are young but hey at least i got the chords
Would this be a useful tool for those who wanted to create Rock Band tracks?
I used to use Chordify (web app) and had the desktop app of Riffstation too. Cool to see they've made a web version. Hopefully a bit more accurate than Chordify generally is.
Tried it out on a song I knew the chords for and it got them fine

Thanks for sharing this!
Thanks antdav
Brilliant! Tried it on a song I know and it worked great (although I used a Cadd9 instead of the C in the song). This looks to be a great way to spend my Sunday
Wow, brilliant. I used this on Travis's Flowers in the Window. I realised after playing acoustic guitar for years that I was used to playing in an very complex way (add9, 7ths etc) This stripped right down to basic and accurate chords. There is also a capo button that lets you pretend you have a capo on any chosen fret. For a free Beta version, this is pretty nifty:-)

There are no immediate cons to this, the only one, which is insignificant, is when you choose a video with a long intro before the song starts, the program will try to matched chords for every sound. The video for flowers in the window has a drawn out windy desrt kind of intro and the program was trying to match a chord to the wind etc! Shows its good tho:-)

Pick a music video that goes straight into the song, watch it once, then start again with your guitar, it works great:-)

There are lots more features, but for a simple acoustic guitarist like me, I'm a pig in S**t:-)
Awesome stuff, I've gotta try this!
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