Piano Companion - Chords and Scales dictionary with staff and reverse mode

Piano Companion - Chords and Scales dictionary with staff and reverse mode

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Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.0.1126
  • Total Downloads:
    184
  • Date Added:
    Dec. 09, 2014
  • Price:
    Free; iTunes account required.
  • File Size:
    22.96MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    3
  • Platform:
    iOS

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Editors' Review

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Every piano player or student knows how frustrating it can be to need a reference and not have it. Any one scale, chord, or a reference chart such as a circle of fifths is immensely useful, both when practicing and when composing. That's why an app like Piano Companion LITE is such a welcome surprise. Offering a comprehensive directory of chords and scales, along with a reverse lookup tool, it is easier and faster than ever to find the perfect note. While installation is relatively painless and the interface is bare-bones (12 large icons in a grid), the layout is quite intuitive. Attractive, no, but very easy to find what you're looking for.

The chords dictionary is split into a number of references including roots and inversions, details of any single chord, the staff representation of that chord, and a visual keyboard so you can easily play the chord while practicing. This is immensely useful both for beginners and intermediate musicians, providing the early references a newcomer might need with the latter modification and composition tools an intermediate musician requires. We found the reverse lookup a nice addition as well. As you highlight keys on the keyboard, options appear showing which chords use that combination. It provides options and helps you pinpoint the exact chord or scale you are looking for, even if you're not entirely sure what it is.

For such a seemingly simple app, Piano Companion LITE offered more than we were expecting. The paid version offers a handful of upgrades that are more suitable to advanced piano players, so if you are just learning to play or are beginning to compose for the first time, the free version will more than support your efforts. It is easy to use, quick to reference, and makes it possible to relax and practice without piles of papers surrounding you with that one chord just out of reach.

 
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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 5.0.1126
You Asked - We Listened. This major update brings to you new engine which displays common chords for a selected scale. It also lists main analytical labels: Secondary Dominant and Secondary Leading-Tone. We ported colouring engine from Songtive app so chords are highlighted according to their root note.Many of you asked of Chord Progressions screen UI optimisations and we decided to integrate new Scale Chords engine to simplify progression input. You will be able to quickly add common chords without switching between screens.Circle of Fifths is smart enough to detect which mode (sharps or flats) should be enabled automatically (thanks Dr. Deborah R. S.) and it also contains chords engine. This update contains major internal rework of UI - more changes and stability improvements are coming. Looking for feature? Feel free to contact us: support@songtive.com
General
Publisher Binitex
Publisher web site
Release Date February 09, 2013
Date Added December 09, 2014
Version 5.0.1126
Category
Category Entertainment Software
Subcategory Music Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems iOS
Additional Requirements Compatible with iPod Touch (3rd generation or later, iPhone 3Gs, iPhone 4, iPad. iTunes account required.
Download Information
File Size 22.96MB
File Name Not available
Popularity
Total Downloads 184
Downloads Last Week 3
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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