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This utility would scan the key signature, and the treble line to determine the Chords to be used in a lead sheet.

The user would have the option to do Chord substitutions. Windows 10, Finale V25.

Fender.com has a similar software program called RiffSource.

It listens to the audio, rather than look at the sheet music notes

to determine the Chords used.

 

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Hi Robert and Harald:

 

Finale has the Chord Analysis plug-in, which you can find under the plug-ins menu in the Scoring and Arranging submenu. This plug-in will look across a group of staves to provide the chord symbol based on the current pitched being played. As Harald properly notes Finale used to have a Band-In-A-Box plug-in that would provide auto-harmonization based on the chord symbols and melody line. Unfortunately, technical hurdles required us to remove that plug-in. I do know of a workflow where the chord progression is worked out in BIAB and then a MIDI File is imported into Finale. We are considering the best way to improve integration between BIAB and Finale. Thank-you for this suggestion.

 

Cheers,
Michael Johnson
VP, Professional Notation
MakeMusic

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For each note, there are nearly always 12 possibilities (or more) for a harmony. To narrow these down to a senseful harmonization can't be done without aesthetic restrictions, e.g. for a specific musical style. Finale isn't focussed on a specific style and tends not to make any assumptions about the musical content. This would be more a task for a plug-in, not for Finale itself. There used to be a band-in-a-box-plugin which did similar things.

 

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