Chords Font

This is a Sans Serif font designed to be space equivalent to MS Courier New. This enables it to line up chords on a line above text. The font also includes a number of characters useful for chart notation (e.g. accidentals [in their Unicode specified locations], full and half diminished marks, etc.). It was never intended to be a complete music solution, and in that sense, it is successful. I have added a number of musical symbols which guitarists never use, and only rarely even understand. But their presence should not prevent you from using the rest of the font. I have also combined some symbols that are usually written out. If you don't like having a '' character, I suggest you not use it.

Using real flats and sharps (s & s rather than "#"s and "b"s) will make your chord charts more readable, although you do not actually need this font for that. However, you will need this font, though, if you want to distinguish half-diminished seven chords (7) from doubly-(fully) diminished seven chords (7). However, one drawback is that since both the standard and new characters are located in ranges not directly accessible from the keyboard (either their assigned Unicode locations or a user-defined area). As a result, you will either need to be constantly inserting symbols from the menu, or assign the ones you actually use to shortcuts.

The regular Latin alphabet is located at the expected indices, although technically, only the caps AG and a handful of lower case letters should be needed. The accidentals from the "Miscellaneous Symbols" page are encoded in their proper locations (u266D–F = ♭, ♮, & ♯). The "Number forms" page is completely supported (mainly for the sake of the Roman numerals), as well as several of the arrows (u2130–3 + u2198 + u8599 = W, N, E, S, NE, & SE arrows). Superscript numbers and parentheses are supported in the places specified by the Unicode standard (which, however, scatters them around): 0 = u2070, 1 = u00B9, 2 & 3 = u00B2 & 3, and 4–9 are in u2074–9; left and right parens are u207D & E. These function as the beat count numbers (numerators) in time signatures, and for measure counts when located over the multi-measure rest. (The corresponding beat value numbers [denominators] are represented in the private use area, rather than as subscripts, since they are non-spacing characters that sit under the beat count numbers; see below).

Most of the music symbols are in the "Private Use Area" (uE000–uE1FF), with a logo at uE8FF. uE000–uE04A are unique to this font. Some characters are re-mapped from the Unicode Music page, which is located above uFFFF (u1D100–u1D1DD), and is consequently unavailable to some software. Those characters are re-mapped here at uE100–uE1D2 (where uE100 = u1D100, etc.), although only a relatively small selection are included, given the nature of this font. If you need a symbol that I don't have, write me and I will see what I can do.

At this stage, the font has not been hinted, so it looks better on paper than it does on the screen. I will get to that.

Several of the characters are non-spacing characters designed to modify some previous character. They are indicated with '*' in the following list. The function of most should be obvious. Only two are worth pointing out. The beat value numbers (uE041–uE049) are intended go under the count numbers mapped to the superscript number area (see above) to create time signatures. The long rest is designed to be able to be able to sit under a two digit number (also from the superscript numbers), so if less than two digits are needed, you will have to pad the number with a space.

The Chords font is free, both to private and commercial users, provided it is unmodified. Of course, you can modify for your own private use. If you feel a change is necessary, please contact me first. If you do make a modification, send it to me, maybe I will include it, or something like it. The one caveat on on commercial use is that it may not be re-sold. It is, however, acceptable to bundle it with other products for which money is being charged.

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Standard characters:

Latin characters:

A B C D E F G a b c d e f g…Ž ž

Extra numeric characters:

¹ ² ³ ⁰ ⁴ ⁵ ⁶ ⁷ ⁸ ⁹ ⁽ ⁾
⅐ ⅑ ⅒ ⅓ ⅔ ⅕ ⅖ ⅗ ⅘ ⅙ ⅚ ⅛ ⅜ ⅝ ⅞ ⅟
ⅰ ⅱ ⅲ ⅳ ⅴ ⅵ ⅶ ⅷ ⅸ ⅹ ⅺ ⅻ ⅼ ⅽ ⅾ ⅿ
ↀ ↁ ↂ Ↄ ↄ


ℰ ℱ Ⅎ ℳ ↘ 薙

Standard musical symbols:

♪ ♫ ♭ ♮ ♯

Misc. other symbols:

ƒ ˆ ˜ – — ‘ ’ “ ” † ‡ • ⅽ … ‰
‹ › ∕ ∙

The Private use characters:

Unique to this font:

E000 volta: zero-bracket no known function
E001 volta: one-bracket repeat variation brackets
E002 volta: two-bracket
E003 volta: three-bracket
E004 volta: four-bracket
E005 volta: five-bracket
E006 volta: six-bracket
E007 volta: seven-bracket
E008 volta: eight-bracket
E009 volta: nine-bracket
E00A volta: var-bracket
E010 doubly-diminished chord modifiers
E011 diminished
E012 half-diminished
E013 augmented
E020 major
E021 no third
E022 no ? whatever you don't want
E023 no chord
E024 suspension
E025 add
E026 suspended two
E027 suspended four
E030 B slash overstrike
E031 ² /1 time * combining beat-size numbers
E032 ² /2 time *
E034 ² /4 time *
E038 ² /8 time *
E039 ² /16 time *
E040 ten superscript more superscripts
E041 eleven superscript   to use for beat-count
E042 twelve superscript   or multi-rest numbers
E043 thirteen superscript
E044 fourteen superscript
E045 fifteen superscript
E046 sixteen superscript
E047 seventeen superscript
E048 eighteen superscript
E049 nineteen superscript
E04A twenty superscript
E1FE -head quarter (cymbals) other note forms
E1FF triangle-head quarter (bells, blocks, etc.)
E200 dotted quarter
E202 pianissimo standard music symbols
E203 pianississimo
E204 pianissississimo
E205 mezzo piano
E212 fortissimo
E213 fortississimo
E214 fortissississimo
E215 mezzo forte
E220 sforzando
E221 forte-piano
E234 trill symbol
E242 ritardando
E243 fade out
E8FF Klarlied logo logo

Remapped from Musical Symbols page:

E100 single barline
E101 double barline
E102 final barline
E104 dashed barline
E106 repeat from barline
E107 repeat barline
E10A da capo
E109 dal segno
E10B segno
E10C coda
E10E repeat measure
E10F repeat two measures
E110 B fermata *
E113 ceasura
E129 ³² multi-measure rest *
E12A double-sharp
E12D double-flat
E134 common time
E135 cut time
E13A two measure rest
E13B measure rest
E13C half rest
E13D quarter rest
E13E eighth rest
E15C double whole note
E15D whole note
E15E half note
E15F quarter note
E160 eighth note
E16D augmentation dot *
E17B a accent *
E17C stacatto dot *
E183 arpeggio
E184 down arpeggio
E18D subito
E18E musical symbol z
E18F piano
E190 mezzo
E191 forte
E192 crescendo
E193 diminuendo (decrescendo)
E196 trill
E197 turn (gruppetto
E198 inverted turn
E199 slashed turn
E19A turn up
E1AC c harmonic *
E1AD c snap pizzicato *
E1AA down-bow
E1AB up-bow
E1D1 glissando up
E1D2 glissando down

Sample use in a vaguely rediculous context

Oh My Darling, Clementine

Percy Montrose (1884)

    In a cavern, in a canyon, 
    excavating for a mine; 
            A♭           E♭   
    dwelt a miner, forty-niner, 
            B♭7            E♭  
    and his daughter Clementine.  
         E♭                
    Oh my darling, oh my darling, 
    oh my darling Clementine 
            A♭               E♭          
    You are lost and gone forever, 
             E♭   B♭7   E♭    fine
    dreadful sorry, Clementine.  
    Light she was, and like a fairy, 
    And her shoes were number nine, 
            A♭            E♭           
    Herring boxes without topses, 
            B♭7            E♭    al fine      
    Sandals were for Clementine. 

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The Chords Font and this page are © Copyright 2013 by Alan Humm
This version of the font is 1.02