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New albums by Mark knopfler, Mumford & Sons, Rosalía and Thomas Azier

A nestor with some new sounds, a group of skillful festival adepts, and two promising newcomers. This month’s new releases are by Mark Knoplfer, Mumford & Sons, Rosalía and Thomas Azier.   

Mark Knopfler – Down The Road Wherever  

If you like the comforting guitar sounds of the Dire Straits, then you probably also like Mark Knopfler. This is already the ninth solo album by the frontman of the Dire Straits, and it’s coming out on November 16. Knopfler recorded the songs at his own British Grove Studio in West London.

Release date: Nov 16 
Single: Good On You Son 
Chords: Eb, Cm7, Ab, Bb, G, F/A, Gm7, F, Cm
Tip: Great song to improvise on!

Mumford & Sons – Delta

We’ll stay in London for a bit, because Mumford & Sons are releasing their fourth album. The seasoned festival act recently announced their mega plans for touring the US, Canada, and Australia. Come spring they’ll be returning to Europe, where they will be the headliner at Rock Werchter, Belgium.

Release date: Nov 16
Single: If I Say
Chords: Dm, C, Bb, Gm7, F/A, Am, C/E, Gm
Tip: Great for practicing some standard barre positions.

Rosalía – El Mal Querer

She arrived out of nowhere at number one as most-played song in the world: Spanish super talent Rosalia. And her second album is getting one good review after the other.  

Release date: Nov 2
Single: Malamente
Chords: Cm/D# Dm6 D5 Bdim Cm
Tip: Try it on your synth or your Spanish guitar

Thomas Azier – Stray

Then there’s also a brand-new synth-pop album by Thomas Azier. Born in the Netherlands, musically raised in Berlin and Paris, and steadily building a many-sided repertoire. He already released an EP with the title Stray, and now his upcoming album will bear the same name.

Release date: Nov 23
Single: White Horses
Chords: C5, Db5, Gm, Fm, Cm, Ab
Tip: Adds a touch of drama to your jam sessions.

Tune all strings at once with Karang – the brand new guitar tuner

We’ve been working on a brand-new project in our secret development lair. Something that’s useful for everyone that feels a bit out of tune sometimes. After all these months of testing and perfecting, the moment has come where we show you our newest innovation. Hit the spots!

We proudly present Karang, the first free multi-string tuner, also know as a polyphonic tuner. “A multi, poly whaaat?!” This means Karang needs only one strum to hear which strings are in tune and which are out of tune. You can download Karang for free in the App Store. We’ve listed some info about the app, so you can get acquainted with it.

How does it work?

In general, tuning software works by picking up the sound of your guitar, through your microphone, and representing it as a waveform. Then it identifies recurring patterns in the waveform, from which it can infer the played string’s frequency. After that, it simply calculates how much this frequency deviates from an in tune frequency. Karang is unique, because it also works as a polyphonic tuner, isolating all individual strings’ frequencies in the recorded waveform. This way Karang can show you where to start tuning after just one strum.

What does the Karang mean?

The technical term is polyphonic tuner, but in linguistic terms Karang would be called an onomatopoeia, which means it’s a word that imitates the sound that it describes. In the case of Karang, this is the sound of you strumming your guitar. The best way to explain this is to see for yourself. So, pick up your guitar. Say: “Karang.” Now give it a strum. You see! Karang!

This is only the beginning

This is the first version of our tuner, but that doesn’t mean we stop here. For now, we keep it simple and efficient: the app allows you to tune your guitar in the standard E tuning at 440 hertz. But we’re sure that our users (you) have great ideas about what to develop next, so we’ll keep listening to what you want. Let us know, and you’ll also decide what comes after multi-string tuning.

Jamming without a guitar!

If you open the app, you’ll see that it’s also possible to hit the digital strings. This way you can use Karang as a tuning fork. Which comes in handy when you’re tuning your voice, or you want to train your hearing. But we said you can also jam with the app.

“How?” Well, follow our lead. Open the app and hit the open E string (orange), followed by the G (green), B (yellow), and e (blue). Then, in one fluent movement, up again; B, G, and E. You’ve just played the intro of “Nothing Else Matters” by Metallica. Stay tuned for more updates, enjoy, and happy jamming!

Would you like people to play along with your tracks? Embed Chordify on your website!

Imagine. You’re in a band and want the world to play along to your music. Or, you’ve created the perfect edit of a Chordified song and are looking for a way to share this, with your music students for example.

Are you hosting a website or blog, and do you want enrich it with an awesome Chordify player? Stop looking! Our embed feature is the answer to all these questions. Would you like to know how this works exactly? See our Help page for a step-by-step explanation.

Test the Chordify player

As we said, if you want engage as many people as possible with your music, playing along is one the best ways to accomplish this. The Chordify player offers you the opportunity to recreate the Chordify experience on your website. It works just like a YouTube embed, only we show you the chords to the song. ‘Woah, that’s heavy!’ And, of course the same goes for piano and ukulele. Test the player below.