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.
Piano Companion is a flexible chord/scale dictionary with user libraries and reverse mode. Piano Companion allows you to find a chord or scale by its name. If you don't remember what's the name of a chord/scale, it helps you to find it by keys. Just press C, G and you will get C Major as the first chord in the search result.Piano Companion shows chord/scale notes, degrees, fingering for both hands in major and minor scales. You can listen how a scale or chord sounds. You can see the list of compatible chords in the selected scale or list of compatible scales for a selected chord. The great advantage of Piano Companion is the fact that it's a growing application, so we will be glad to consider any new features which helps you to increase usability. Key features:- 1500+ piano chords, up to 6th inversions (Major, Minor, Diminished, Augmented, Suspended, Sixth, Seventh, Ninth, Eleventh, Thirteenth, etc.)- 10000+ scales (Major, Minor, Chromatic, Pentatonic Blues/Major/Minor, Aeolian, etc.) - 12 root keys - Chord Progression builder with scale patterns (chord sequencer)- Interactive Circle of Fifths - MIDI keyboard (with iRig) support for reverse mode in iOS6+- MIDI output for iOS7+ users, connect your favorite DAW with Piano Companion- List of available chords in Circle of Fifths- Key notations: English, Italian, Japanese, Russian, etc. - Reverse chord & scale lookup- Shows chord on the staff with treble and bass clef- Shows scale on the staff with treble and bass clef- Displays compatible scale's chords- Analytical labels: Secondary Dominant and Secondary Leading-Tone- Displays compatible chord's scales- Plays chords - Plays scales- Plays arpeggiated chords - Audio support- Arpeggio in Chord Progression- Relative scale suggestions- Relative chords in Chord Progressions- Scale lookup with major & minor scale fingering- Flexible chord & scale search using keyboard- User libraries with ability to add scale or chord- You can create you own chord libraries and chord charts- Ability to create favorite scales Prompt support from Piano Companion Team is guaranteed! We would be happy to hear from your suggestion for Piano Companion.Follow us onTwitter: http://twitter.com/pianocompanionFacebook: http://facebook.com/PianoCompanionGoogle+: https://plus.google.com/112151838811905661920