I’d like a function that would allow one to easily enter any chord they’d like, irrespective of the key they’re in. For example, a chromatic series with alternating major and minor chords: A, A#m, B, Cm, C#, Dm…etc. This function would work virtually identically to the way you can enter individual notes and then adjust them up and down by half-steps (and octaves.) It would also allow you to simply change a chord to minor or major (or diminished or augmented, etc.) by use of a single key command. Say, something like a “pallet” like you’d use in MS Paint, with the colors replaced by every possible chord. You’d select “C” major, and then hit “<” to change it to minor.
Better yet, maybe you could just select the chord area and hit “C” on your keyboard and a C major chord would appear, which you could then adjust as mentioned above. It sure would simplify things and make writing much faster and much less frustrating.
I’ve read the manual repeatedly and can’t find anything remotely like this. I also searched the forums and have seen a few posts from 2015 mentioning something like this. One post explained that this is more of a “modern songrwiting” tool, and not for Jazz, for example. Surprisingly, I stumbled across this software when searching for the sheet music for the Raiders of the Lost Ark ‘map room theme’ (which is certainly not a ‘simple’ piece.)
I was jubilant when I found ‘Hookpad.’ Overall, it’s a great product. I’d been wondering for years why someone hadn’t made something so intuitive and useful. The layout is visually excellent and even educational. Most of the functions are simple and intuitive - except entering chords! If that were simplified, I’d buy the full package in a heartbeat and use it daily! Thanks for listening.