Piano Companion - chord and scale dictionary with staff, chord progression and circle of fifths

Piano Companion - chord and scale dictionary with staff, chord progression and circle of fifths

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Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.2.5192
  • Total Downloads:
    225
  • Date Added:
    Jun. 23, 2015
  • Price:
    Free; iTunes account required.
  • File Size:
    48.61MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1
  • 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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What's new in version 5.2.5192
That update is dedicated to scales and common chords. Many of you were asking for alternative fingering for scales and ability to input custom fingering. Well, we decided to go further and added possibility to share fingering with other users. Everyone is able to vote/favorite other user fingerings. Common chords are displayed as small keyboard but you will be able to switch to note notation. Chords dictionary allows you to filter chords by triads, 7th, 9th, 11th, 13th chords and additionally we added new chords: add9, add11, add13. We redesigned Piano Companion icon and improved usability and performance of some screens including long waiting fix for reverse lookup crash. Sorry for that, guys!Stay tuned for more updates in Chord Progressions and integration with Songtive!
General
Publisher Binitex
Publisher web site
Release Date February 09, 2013
Date Added June 23, 2015
Version 5.2.5192
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 48.61MB
File Name External File
Popularity
Total Downloads 225
Downloads Last Week 1
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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