Since we share a midi-keyboard with mini pc running gig performer in the band with different musicians, the “non-native keyboarders” would like to have it easy. Therefore, I am desperately searching for a way to simulate the Yamaha chord fingering styles. All plugins I could find only allow one key to chord translation…
Here is the wishlist (Lessons Home Page):
The simplest method is to use the single-finger approach. This is the SINGLE FINGER type. Using the single-finger method, you can easily play all major, minor, seventh, and minor seventh chords:
- In this mode, you need only press a single key, the “root” value of the chord, as described above to trigger any major chord.
- For a minor chord, you press two keys at once, the root key and a black key to the left of that root. For example, to signal the Em chord, you would press simultaneously the Eb1 (the first black key to the left of the E key) key and the E1 key .
- For the seventh chord, simultaneously press the root key and a white key to its left. (E7 would be signaled by pressing simultaneously D1 and E1.)
- For a minor seventh chord, simultaneously press the root key and both a white and black key to its left. (Em7 would require pressing D1 and Eb1 and E1 all at the same time.)
The Single-Finger method does not enable you to play a C major seventh (CM7) or C augmented (C+) or C major sixth (C6) or C diminished (Cdim) or C ninth (C9) chords. The single-finger method would work for very simple songs, but could not be used to play more modern tunes using fancier chords.
In this mode, you play the individual notes of the chord in your left hand. At least three notes are needed to trigger a chord. For a C major chord, you would play C + E + G, pressing all three notes down at the same time. You do not have to play the chord with the root of the chord, in this case, a “C”, on the bottom. You could also signal the C major chord by playing different “inversions” of that chord, for example, E-G-C (the root of the chord is on top) or G-C-E (the root of the chord is in the middle). A C major seventh chord consists of the four notes C-E-G-B. You could signal a CM7 by playing those four notes in any inversion. (C-E-G-B, E-G-B-C, G-B-C-E, or B-C-E-G).
The MULTI FINGER type automatically detects SINGLE FINGER or FINGERED chords, so you can use either type of fingering without having to switch fingering modes. I find this type, which is the default setting from the factory, cumbersome. If you try to finger a chord of 3 or more notes, but don’t hit all the keys at exactly the same time, any stray keystroke gets immediately interpreted as a single-finger chord and the accompaniment switches to that chord, which produces an undesirable accompaniment sound.