Using online chord databases to enhance chord recognition Articles uri icon


  • McVicar, Matt
  • Ni, Yizhao
  • de Bie, Tijl

publication date

  • December 2011

start page

  • 139

end page

  • 152


  • 2


  • 40

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0929-8215

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1744-5027


  • Advances in chord recognition research using machine learning are hampered by two factors: the scarcity of annotated training data, and the limited complexity of the features and models used. Both problems are intertwined, as with few training examples, increasing the complexity of the model would inevitably lead to overfitting. In this paper we develop a way to address the first problem by exploiting chord annotations from online chord databases. We show how such chord annotations, despite being noisy and lacking exact chord onset times, can be put to use both during the recognition and training stage. We note that the ability to exploit this large untapped resource may enable researchers to also address the second problem: with more training data, one may be able to use more complex models without running the same high risk of overfitting.