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Chord NOTE support your wonderful Music Life.

Chord NOTE is a Song writer’s assistant tool.
You can find some chords match your melody.
Chord NOTE find some chords contains some notes.

For iPhone, iPod touch, iPad (Universal App).
Download from here.

You wrote new melody came into your mind, but you could not apply some chords for your melody…
Like this time, you can find some chords by this Chord NOTE.

If you composed some songs already, you know almost melody and chord have same note. Because notes in melody are contains in the chord.
And the same reason, you can find your song’s key by Chord NOTE. Because notes in melody are contains in the key.

So Chord NOTE is very useful about finding the chord and key.

If you have some ideas, some wishes or some question, please send mail to this address<hidenoridev@therootage.com>.

Chord NOTE Help

  • Quick Start
  • Tips
  • Screen Composition
  • Q & A
  • Changes note (another page)

Quick Start

  1. You write new melody.
  2. You pick up some essential notes (long notes, big notes…).
  3. Tap(select) some notes at top screen keyboard in Key Tab. Now you can focus on a little keys. Select a key in the List. Set Limit Key at Chord Search Switch to ON.
  4. Select Triard & Seventh or if you know major or minor for your song, select Substitute for Minor(Major) Key in Chord Rule Tab.
    And also you can Included All(contains  Triard & Seventh and Substitute Chords).
  5. Now you can focus on some chords by Key & Chord Rule Tab.
  6. Tap(select) some essential notes at top screen keyboard in Chord Tab.
  7. If you can focus on enough a little chords, tap the chord or really you one. Maybe some chords fit your melody.
  8. Repeat process 6 & 7 for finding all chords for your melody.

Tips

Q. The top screen keyboard is very little for tap.
A. If you are right-hander, please tap using right side of your finger.
Ver 1.1 : You can change octave by tapping Octave button.
octavepicture (iPhone / iPod touch)

Screen Composition

Chord Tab

Main Tab. You can search chords by some notes.


  • You can select some notes by tapping the top screen keyboard.
    You can deselect note by tapping again same note.
    And you can focus on chords by selecting more notes.
    You can deselect all notes by tapping the left side x mark button.
  • The scrollable list shows chord names & these consistent notes.
    This list shows chords are influenced by Key & Chord Rule Tab. And only shows chords contains selected notes.
    You can listen the chord by tapping.
    And display chord consisted notes as circle at top keyboard(Ver 2.0).
  • Key Field shows key selected in Key Tab (Only Limit Key at Chord Search switch turn ON).
  • Rule Field shows chord rule selected in Chord Rule Tab (Only Limit Key at Chord Search switch turn ON in Key Tab).
    Tips : If Limit Key at Chord Search is OFF or not selected any Key in Key Tab, Rule Field shows “ALL”. ALL is all chords in Chord NOTE. It’s useful for only searching some chords contains some notes.
  • You can change accidental to # / b. And you can set sound volume by slider.
  • If you tap P button, you can view piano fingering form for selected Chord by Piano Kit (other app).
  • If you tap G button, you can view guitar fingering form for selected Chord by Guitar Kit (other app).
  • If there are locked icons in the cell, you can use those chords by purchasing “Advanced Option” (In-App Purchase).

About icon beside Chord name :
If decided Key, display these icons.

  • tpanel Tonic, spanel Subdominant, dpanel Dominant
  • smpanel Subdominant Minor (Basically Chord NOTE handle Subdominant Minor as Subdominant)
  • tdpanel stpanel dspanel ntpanel ndpanel Left is Major Key, Right is Minor Key.

Chord Progression function is extended.

  • Add chord by “+” button.
  • Navigate to Chord Progression by “Chord Progression” button.

You can know the detail at below “Chord Progression View” section…

Key Tab

You can search keys by some notes.


  • Look at explanation for Chord Tab about Main feature.
  • Bottom List shows key names and these consistent notes.
    (Maybe you think notes are many, because these contains Melodic Minor & Harmonic Minor)
    If you select one key, you can see the musical score.
  • Most bottom – Limit Key at Chord search – switch is very important. If you turn ON this, you can focus on some chords in Chord Tab. Of course, you need select one key in above Key List.
  • img_0665 You can change display score style by tapping these rectangle.
  • You can toggle play score sounds ON/OFF by tapping speaker icon in the score.
  • If you tap “Circle of 5th” button, you can select a key by tapping “Circle of 5th” picture easily. Circle of 5th picture is displayed from the beginning in the iPad.

You can display in reverse order by tapping the “Circle of 5th” in the middle of this picture. (G-C-F…→F-C-G…)

Chord Rule Tab

Decide kind of chords you use.

  • Triard Only shows Three notes chords. (No discriminate between Major and Minor)
  • Triard & Seventh shows Three notes chords and Four notes chords. (No discriminate between Major and Minor)
  • Substitute for Minor Key, Major Key are most useful chords in almost case. These library made by Shoichi Suzuki.
  • Included All for Minor Key, Major Key contain Triard & Seventh and Substitute Chords. Chord List is long but you can save time for changing rule Triard & Seventh <-> Substitute many times.

If you don’t know Major or Minor about your song, I suggest select Triard & Seventh.
And if you know this, I suggest select Substitude for Minor Key or Substitude for Major Key.
In ver 3.0, I suggest select  Included All for Minor Key, Major Key, because it is saving time and contains ard & Seventh and Substitute Chords.

And basically, you need to turn ON – Limit Key at Chord search – switch in Key Tab, if you use these Chord Rule.

Scale Tab

You can search popular scales by tapping notes on the top keyboard.

If you select notes by the top keyboard, Scale Tab list up only scales contain their notes.

And if you tap scale at list, the top keyboard shows scale notes by the circle. Blue circles are Root notes.
When you tap the speaker icon to the left of the keyboard, you can change whether you want to play the scale.

Chord NOTE has following Scales.

Major scales

  • Ionian (Major) - Normal Major Scale
  • Major Pentatonic – without 4, 7

Minor scales

  • Aeolian (Natural Minor) - Normal Minor Scale
  • Harmonic Minor – Upped 7 for going easily to root
  • Merodic Minor – Upped 7 and 6 too for constant melody interval
  • Minor Pentatonic – Minor without 2, 6

The 7 modes

  • Dorian - C major scale played from “D” is a D Dorian scale
  • Phrygian - C major scale played from “E” is an E Phrygian scale
  • Lydian - C major scale played from “F” is an F Lydian scale
  • Mixolydian - C major scale played from “G” is a G Mixolydian scale
  • Locrian - C major scale played from “B” is a B Locrian scale

Misc

  • Blues Major - Major pentatonic scale, but with an additional lowered fifth.
  • Blues Minor – Called Blues Scale. Minor pentatonic scale, but with an additional lowered fifth. The lowered fifth, also known as the “blue note”
  • Lydian b7 - Lydian b7 is Lydian scale with a lowered seventh
  • 8-tone whole first – The diminished scale. Alternating whole step and half step intervals. Whole-step-first.
  • 8-tone half first - The diminished scale. Alternating whole step and half step intervals. Half-step-first.

If you purchase “Advanced Option” (In-App Purchase), you can use following Scales.

Symmetrical Scales

  • Half diminished – Locrian natural 2. the scale is associated with dim7b5.
  • Whole tone – Each note is separated from its neighbors by the interval of a whole step
  • Augmented – interlocking combination of two augmented triads: Caug and Ebaug
  • Double Harmonic – symmetry around its root
  • Bebop Dominant – Major with b7

Local Scales

  • Gospel – C Gospel = A Blues Minor. Major Pentatonic with b3
  • Eight Tone Spanish – Locrian with 3
  • Pelog – Locrian with 7 without 4, b6. one of the two essential scales of gamelan music
  • Hungary – Harmonic minor #4
  • Ukrainian Dorian – Dorian mode with a raised fourth
  • Spanish – Phrygian mode with an additional Major 3rd
  • Flamenco – Major b2, b6
  • Gypsy – Natural minor #4
  • Hawaiian – Major Pentatonic b3
  • Hirajoshi – Minor without 4, 7
  • Miyako-bushi – Phrygian without 3, 7
  • Ryukyu – Major without 2, 6

When you tap “>” button beside each scale name, you can view chords list matched with its scale.

Main part is most bottom table listed chords.
Chords matched with its Scale note in this part. But this list filtered by above various options.
“P”, “G”, “+” buttons are same function in Chord Tab.

Top 1 octave keyboard is Scale note keyboard. You can view this if you use over 4inch display.
If you edit selection on this keyboard, you can increase or decrease chords list.
ex.) You want more Chords use non scale notes.
The left Arrow button allows you to reset selection to original Scale note.

Middle 2 octave keyboard can filter Chords list contains you select notes.

“Allow 1 non Scale note” switch: If this is ON, you can list Chords contains only 1 non scale note too.
When you increase Chords list choices, you can turn ON.

By tapping upper left “<” button, you can go back Scale lists.

Help Tab

This Tab provide In-App Purchase, Help and Other Apps.

  • Black help text is scrollable.
  • If you tap bottom white URL, Jump to this site.

In-App Purchase

  • Advanced Option
    • You can use more Chords & Scales.
  • Restore
    • You can restore the purchased option in this app.

※ if you’ll show the display of the re-purchase, you’ll should be feel at ease, normally you’ll not purchase twice.

Help

  • Simple Help Text
    • Display simple help text. Text is scrollable.
  • Support Page
    • You can see the support page in Safari.
  • Mail
    • You can send mails to the developer.
    • If you have some ideas, some wishes or some question, please send mail.
  • Rate This App in App Store
    • Open Piano Kit’s page in App Store. You can rate this app and review one for next download people.
    • (If you have any troubles about this app, please send mail instead of this function. Because we need detail informations for resolving those problems.)

Other Apps

Open other apps in App Store.
You can use Piano Kit and Guitar Kit as companion apps  for Chord NOTE.
Piano Kit and Guitar Kit can show selected all Chords in Chord NOTE.

Chord Progression View

You can memory Chord Progression temporary.

You can add a chord by tapping “+” button in Chord Tab. And you can navigate to this Chord Progression by tapping “Chord Progression” button in Chord Tab.

  • If you tap “Chord” button at upper navigation bar, you can back to top page in Chord Tab. If you tap “Edit” button you can delete each chord or move chord. And Please tap “Done” button for exit edit mode.
  • You can listen by tapping each chord. By tapping right blue button, you can navigate to customize chord page.
  • You can delete all chords by tapping “Clear All” button.
  • You can duplicate selected chord by tapping “Duplicate” button.
  • Top keyboard display chord consisted notes.
  • If you tap P button, you can view piano fingering form for selected Chord by Piano Kit (other app).
  • If you tap G button, you can view guitar fingering form for selected Chord by Guitar Kit (other app).
  • You can play Chord Progression by tapping left Play button. If you tap this again, you can stop.
  • Left Clock icon allows you to change tempo.

From ver 5.0, you can change the selected chord to another chord on the fly in this Chord Progression View.
After you select the chord in progression list. If you tap upper right arrow button, Chord Picker slide up.

You can replace the chord by selecting another chord in scrollable Chord Picker.
You can change Bass note.
For closing this Chord Picker, you should tap upper right arrow button again.

Customize Chord View

You can edit each chord in Chord Progression.
Add specific bass note (F/E), modify your chord (A ->Aadd9, Asus4), and more …

  • If you tap left chord name button at upper navigation bar, you can back page.
  • Another Bass switch allows you specify bass note. ex) F/D
    You can show/hide wheel by right arrow button. You can change Bass by selecting at this wheel. This wheel is displayed from the beginning in the iPad.
  • Existing Explanation switch allows you show used explanation. ex) [IV]
  • You can change Chord radically by selecting at chord list table.
  • You can focus on less chords by tapping “Similar” button.
  • “Deselect Chord” button is very important. You can deselect chord at chord list table. If you don’t like changing chord, you must push this button. Don’t forget!

Q & A

Q. How many notes I should select in Key and Chord Tab?
A. Key : You should select many notes in your melody, because you’d like to focus on one key.
Chord : You maybe select a little notes in your melody. Each people apply various chords for a melody, so we have many right answers. When you think about song’s development, you have rich potential for your song if you leave a lot of selectable chords.

Q. Don’t change anything when I turn ON – Limit Key at Chord search – switch in Key Tab.
A. Select one Key in above Key List.
If you focus on chords, you decide ‘one key’ & turn ON this switch and you would like to select one Chord Rule.

Q. One more thing!
A. When Limit Key at Chord search is OFF at Key Tab, Chord Tab shows all Chords. So if you select some notes at Chord Tab, you can become aware Chord Name what you play.

Enjoy your Music Life! :)

 

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