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Description

Chords and Scales lets you explore chords, scales, chord progressions and compose songs in intuitive and interactive way. It helpful for musicians from beginners to experts and allows you to understand musical structures and find inspiration.

All chords and scales can be played ascending, descending and harmonically and are shown on virtual piano and staff. The root note and inversion of the chords can easily be changed. App also includes song composer that allows you to easily layout chords progressions and recommend chords based on selected scale.

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Features

Large chord collection;
Large scale collection;
Chord progressions collection;
Song composer with chord recommendations
Audio playback support for everything;
Piano view for chords and scales
Staff view for chords and scales
Find chords by the root and inversion, notes on staff or piano keys;
Find scales by the root or piano keys;
Interactive circle of fifths;
MIDI in and out support;
Scale fingerings for both hands.
Simple and intuitive.

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User Reviews

I'm a piano teacher of 15 years and have more and more students who want to play chords and improvise. This app is a perfect resource for them. I like it because it's thorough but at the same time very simple.

I am new to piano, familiar with some scales, and chord progressions but this app will really help me to understand and explore various combinations. I pair this app with additional learning material online to help me fully understand the math / science behind the music.

This app is great for understanding scales, chords, chord progressions, and the circle if fifths. I like the easy to use interface. It only includes common scales and chords. I have another app that has tons of complicated and confusing scales that I've never heard of much less can pronounce. I just wanted something to show me the common scales and chords, and this app does it. It also sounds the chord or scale.

It gives you so much when you’re stuck composing. I’m relatively new to music theory, and for me, this makes everything I’ve been learning about chords super clear.

I have taught piano for 33 years. This is the best app for any level student. It is so easy to use and kids love it when I use the iPad in their lesson.

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Version History

Launched Oct 24, 2013 (almost 7 years ago).

Releasing new versions every 3 months, on average.

Aug 11
2020
(Current)
Version 5.2

- Fixed melodic minor descending scale notes and intervals;
- Fixed song chord multiple chord duplication insertion place;
- Fixed some crashes that happened on startup.

Jul 14
2020
Version 5.1

- Duplicated song chords and rests (with long tap context menu);
- Duplicated multiple song chords and rests (with selection in edit mode);
- Duplicate songs;
- Fixed chord progression selection on iPad;

Jun 23
2020
Version 5.0.1

Major release with new features and improvements. Let us know what you think.

New in 5.0.1:

- Fixed crash on playing a chord in some cases.

New in 5.0:

- Redesigned chord and scale lookup with piano view;
- Filter chords by type;
- Add custom chords (via Settings);
- Scale practice view;
- Triad and seventh chords in scale details;
- Redesigned settings view;
- Improved font for music notation;
- MIDI Export individual chords or songs (drag and drop on iPad and context menu action by long press);
- Improved layout.

Jun 21
2020
Version 5.0

Major release with new features and improvements. Let us know what you think.

- Redesigned chord and scale lookup with piano view;
- Filter chords by type;
- Add custom chords (via Settings);
- Scale practice view;
- Triad and seventh chords in scale details;
- Redesigned settings view;
- Improved font for music notation;
- MIDI Export individual chords or songs (drag and drop on iPad and context menu action by long press);
- Improved layout.

Feb 22
2020
Version 4.4.1

- Fixed few bugs and crashes in song view;
- Song loop settings is persisted now;
- Fixed a crash where app could stuck crashing if updated from very old version.

Feb 19
2020
Version 4.1

Improved song compose design:
- Added drag and drop support for recommended chords;
- Added drag and drop support for song chord reorder;
- Added metronome for song playback (enable in tempo view);
- Tempo can be set with tapping "Tap Tempo" button;
- Chord can be selected and support bulk deletion;
- In iOS13 you can use 2 finger swipe to select song chord and rest cells;
- Song chord and rests cells animate their playback duration and progress when selected or played.
- Song transpose and change scale has same appearance on iPad now;
- Added chord progressions in add chord to song view.

Other improvements:
- Improved purchase and purchase restore notification;
- Improved stability after instruments were changed;
- Chord inversion are not shown in cell in lookup if "Root and Inversion" is used;
- Improved MIDI settings view stability;
- Added MIDI in audio playback;
- Fixed 11#13 chord to include #13 and not b13.

Jan 21
2020
Version 4.0.1

- Purchase row in settings no longer offer you to upgrade when already upgraded.
- Fixed crashes and improved stability.

What's added in 4.0:
- Reverse chord lookup on staff view;
- MIDI in and out connections;
- New tab based layout on iPhone;
- Reverse chords lookup includes inversions now;
- Reverse chords and scales lookup can be reset now.

What's improved in 4.0:
- Better support for do, re, mi notation across the app;
- Song view makes better use of space available on iPad;
- App launches even faster now, and uses less memory;
- Improved landscape support on iPhone.

What's fixed in 4.0:
- Song MIDI export correctly exports rests now;
- Fixed some crashes when coming back to app.

Jan 16
2020
Version 4.0

Biggest update yet.

Whats added:
- Reverse chord lookup on staff view;
- MIDI in and out connections;
- New tab based layout on iPhone;
- Reverse chords lookup includes inversions now;
- Reverse chords and scales lookup can be reset now.

Improved:
- Better support for do, re, mi notation across the app;
- Song view makes better use of space available on iPad;
- App launches even faster now, and uses less memory;
- Improved landscape support on iPhone.

Fixed:
- Song MIDI export correctly exports rests now;
- Fixed some crashes when coming back to app.

Sep 14
2019
Version 3.8

- App launches much faster now;
- New audio engine;
- System dark mode support;
- Chord view now support octave/loop/bass selection;
- Scale view now support loop selection;
- Playback speed multiplier is correctly applied now.

May 10
2019
Version 3.7

- Inversion can now be changed from chord detail view;
- Sus2 and Sus4 can now be inverted;
- Added 7 more chord types:
• Minor major seventh sharp fifth;
• Dominant seventh sharp fifth;
• Major seventh sharp fifth;
• Dominant ninth flat eleventh;
• Dominant ninthSharpEleventh;
• Eleventh flat thirteenth;
• Eleventh sharp thirteenth.

Apr 11
2019
Version 3.6

- Fixed bug where chord and scale list where not changeable after opening and closing reverse mode on iPad;
- Performance improvements.

Apr 09
2019
Version 3.5

- Better discovery for song rename and delete actions;
- Better discovery for chord edit, deletion actions;
- Fixed some scale fingering bugs;
- Chord progression subtitle is correctly updated when changing root in chord progression list.

Jan 22
2019
Version 3.4

- Redesigned root note selection, it's now faster and easier to use;
- Medium and large piano views are now playable;
- Fixed issue with chord or scale details not showing up in iOS 9 and iOS 10;
- Fixed minor chord progressions;
- Fixed some crashes.

Dec 15
2018
Version 3.3

- Added autoplay toggle in settings. When enabled you will hear playback whenever you select chord/scale/progression form the list or circle of fifths;
- Chord in key list now has titles (triads, sevenths, etc.);
- Fixed squashed piano and staff view on iPad;
- Fixed issue with chord details where sometimes not scrollable;
- Better support or landscape orientation across the app;
- Fixed reverse lookup crashes when octaves C2 and C5 where used;

Oct 03
2018
Version 3.2

- English note notation is now the default (was Neo-Latin due to a bug, sorry). You can change it in settings;
- Added German note notation;
- Added C2 and C5 to playback octaves. Default octave can be changed in settings.

Sep 28
2018
Version 3.1

- Added Neo-Latin note naming (Do Re Mi Fa Sol La Si). It can be changed in settings;
- Other minor improvements.

Jan 10
2018
Version 3.0

Major upgrade this time. A lot of new features, important fixes and improvements. Hope you enjoy and let us know about any feedback you have.

• Added recommended chords for song in major and minor;
• You can now add chords from progressions in songs with no chords;
• Added piano view at the bottom of song view;
• Added more instrument sounds - electric piano, honky tonk, accordion and string ensemble;
• Sometimes staff lines would gone missing. After countless attempts we finally tracked down the bug and fixed it. Thank you all for the reports and sorry that it took so long;
• Fixed chord view toolbar items were squashed sometimes;
• Fixed when sometimes app would crash when upgrading;
• Fixed minor and dominant bebop scales, they were mixed up with each other.

Nov 20
2017
Version 2.7.0

• Songs can now have rests;
• Fixed crashes when moving and removing chords from songs.
• Other stability improvements.

Nov 01
2017
Version 2.6.0

- Song chords now support rhythm;
- Chord progression list now show actual chords along with notation.

Apr 06
2017
Version 2.5.0

• By popular demand added scale fingerings!
• Fixed diminished scale;
• Added German localization;
• Other minor bug fixes and improvements.

Let us know what you think!

Jan 08
2017
Version 2.4.0

• When changing root or inversion on iPad, chord and scale details will be updated automatically;
• Purchase no longer need to be restored each time;
• Added URL scheme to open app (chordsandscales://).

Oct 27
2016
Version 2.3.0

• Added ability to export song as MIDI file
• Added melodic major scale

Sep 25
2016
Version 2.2.1

• Fixed iOS 8 chord and scale views
• Added Wikipedia link for most popular chords and scales

Sep 20
2016
Version 2.2.0

• Add inversions and octave for song chords. Swipe left and tap "edit"
• Fixed incorrect circle of fifths layout
• Stability improvements

May 21
2016
Version 2.1.0

•• Improved user interface consistency
•• Stability improvements

May 16
2016
Version 2.0.3

•• Stability improvements

May 16
2016
Version 2.0.2

•• Stability improvements

May 12
2016
Version 2.0.1

•• Stability improvements and crash fixes
•• Fixed song tempo issues
•• Fixed reverse mode lookup note higlighting
•• Fixed staff view line width for scales

May 08
2016
Version 2.0

•• Completely redesigned user interface
•• Added new song composer feature, that allows you to add chords based on the key of the song
•• Now it is possible to select scale type for chord progressions
•• Added more chords
•• Added more scales
•• Added more chord progressions

Jan 21
2015
Version 1.3

Minor bugfixes

Jul 21
2014
Version 1.2

Fixed descending melodic minor playback
Fixed some chord progressions

Dec 28
2013
Version 1.1

*) Fixed rare crash when changing inversions for the chords
*) Fixed notation of some chord progressions

Oct 23
2013
Version 1.0

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