Piano Kit E

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Piano Kit searches fingering form & you can create original chord form library.

The most excellent Piano Chord Form tool in the world, in your pocket!
You can search almost chord form and display it. Piano Kit has enough huge preset library.
And you can create your original fingering forms.

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

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Piano Kit has very large preset library, but you can view a target chord form so easily!
You can directly select a chord form by smooth scrolling Chord Picker or focus on a little chord forms by typing a part of chord name. You can search by various Enharmonic Equivalents.
If you tap the top piano keyboard, Piano Kit play each note. And if you select a chord in the list or cell, play chord any times.

Favorites Tab allows to memory your favorite chord forms.
And Chart has 4 octave keyboard and allows to view more than one chord, so it’s especially convenient for you to confirm chord forms in specific song.

Display doesn’t dim during working. It can be trusted to think other thing or play songs.
And you can handle multiple songs by “Export Chart (Native Format)” feature.

Make Tab allows to create your original chord forms.
You can handle them as like preset library almost completely.
Of course you can add new chord form similar to existing chord form using Reproduce Form function easily.
And you can slide decided chord form to left or right. So you’ll be able to add chord forms changed Root note in succession.
Suggest Form function offers randomly new chord form contains selected notes.
And Guess Chord Name function suggests chord names by decided chord form or selected notes on 1 octave keyboard.

Scale Tab allows to view many popular scales.
And also you can find matched chords with a scale you selected.

You can toggle setting Note Name / Interval for each note.

You can back up data you’ve created to Mail and Dropbox and others. And you can restore it at any time.

And also, you can export Chart Chord Forms as SMF(Standard MIDI File) to Mail and Dropbox and others, so you will be able to use as Chord Progression if you import it to your DAW.
By the way, Piano Kit exports Chord Name as Marker.

“Export Chart (Native Format)” function is added. If you handle Chart by Piano Kit only, this feature is very easy. Even if some chart chord forms don’t exist in Library Tab, Native Format can be imported to Chart exactly. It is like function open and save multiple songs.

Quick working and most beautiful Piano Chord Form app “Piano Kit” is very useful for you, exactly!

Advanced Option :
When you’ll buy this low price add-on, you can use more Chords and Scales. It will provide a complete set usually.

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

Piano Kit Help

Table of Contents

Library Tab

Search fingering form by Chord and display it.

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If you type (a part of) chord name in the top text field, you can focus bottom chord forms list.
And if you tap button beside chord name text field, display Chord Picker you can select a chord very easily. Root and Chord Name Cells are scrollable. Most right buttons (1-6) are Position.

By the way, because of the ease of input Name (Chord/Note), respectively sharp and flat, Piano Kit use #  (Shift-3)  and b (Small B).

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If you tap button beside chord name text field again , you can hide this picker.
When you select any chord by list or picker, Piano Kit play chord sounds.

  • You can play one note by tapping each key on the top piano keyboard.
  • You can change accidental by tapping “#” or “b” button.
  • By tapping left or right icon beside volume slider, You can change volume to mute or max.
  • When you tap “User” button, scroll to your original chord form in bottom list. If you create original chord forms by Make Tab, they are added after preset forms.
  • If you tap right side “|||” button, you can show / hide buttons of each cell.
  • “★” (Favorites) button. You can memory the chord form in Favorites Tab.
  •  “Chart” button. You can add to Chart list in Favorites Tab.
  •  “Reproduce” button. You can easily make new chord forms from an already existing chord form. When you tap this, open Make Tab and already selecting each notes. By selecting other notes, you can make new arranged chord form instantly.
  • If there are locked icons in the cell, you can use those chord forms by purchasing “Advanced Option” (In-App Purchase).
  • If keyboard shows left shadow or right one, keyboard has hidden notes at left or right. You can confirm by scrolling horizontally.
  • If you press and hold on chord form cell, you can change display Note Name / Interval on the fly. You can use this feature, in same scene on other Tabs. (However, give priority to drag gesture in Edit Mode.)

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Initial setting ignore the specific bass note in searching. For example, if you enter Gm7/B, it’ll be the same as are searching for Gm7. This will help you add to new chord form as Gm7/B. Select one of chord form of presetting Gm7, and then if you tap Reproduce button, you can add or exchange bass note in Make Tab. At this time, when you press and hold 1 octave keyboard in Make Tab, It will help that it is now possible to add note without clearing 4 octave keyboard notes.

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Make Tab

You can create original chord forms.

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As like Library Tab, there are input fields in above place. You can input chord name in text filed or select by picker or tap some notes at 1 octave keyboard. As result, selected some notes at keyboard and selected all same notes in the middle 4 octave keyboard.

You can scroll middle 4 octave keyboard horizontally.

When you tap key on middle 4 octave keyboard, you decide this note. So displayed circle mark. If you tap this key again, you can clear circle mark.

  • Please refer to Library Tab section for basic part.
  • If there is same chord form in the Library, display “Existing”. So you can avoid adding same forms.
  • If you tap ▶︎ or “Existing”, you can play editing chord sound anytime.
  • You can slide decided chord form to left or right by tapping “<-” “->” button. This is convenient, if you would like to add chord forms changed Root note in succession. (ex. CM7 -> C#M7 -> DM7…)
  • If you tap Strip Bottom button, you can remove most bottom note of editing chord form.
  • Now you can select specific bass note in right part of Chord Picker.
  • If you press and hold on 1 octave keyboard, you can add or remove specific note without clearing notes on 4 octave keyboard.
  • Suggest Form function. If you tap “1 Hand” or “2 Hands”, Piano Kit offers new chord form randomly contains notes selected at 1 octave keyboard.

When you tap “Add Form” button, comes to following display.

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If you’d like to change chord name, you can do it. And when you tap “+” button, you add this chord form really.

By tapping “Edit” button, you can delete or change order. After modification, please tap “Done” button.

You can hide this by tapping bottom “Hide User Library” button.

Always you can modify user library by tapping bottom “Show User Library” button. And you can play chord by tapping in the list.

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By tapping “X” button on 1 octave keyboard, you can deselect all notes.

If already deselected all notes, you can select all by tapping “X” button.
When you tap 4 octave keyboard in this condition, you can know its chord name using Guess Chord Name function easily.

“ ! ” button is Guess Chord Name function. If you decide some notes in the middle keyboard, Piano Kit guess chord names for them. And if there is non-decided note, Piano Kit guess chord names for notes selected at 1 octave keyboard.

left side is used note names. right side is unused note names. Normally chord have less unused note names is better.

You can select “with Bass” option. This lists chord names of the case where the bottom note of 4 octave keyboard is specific bass.

By tapping guessed chord name, you can replace only chord name text field without changing selected notes.

Guess Chord Name lists are displayed from beginning in the iPad. Right side of 1 octave keyboard or below the middle 4 octave keyboard. And contents are updated real time.

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There is a indicator of editing chord form above “Add Form” button.

If you press and hold Guess Chord Name list, you can change display Note Name / Interval.

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Favorites Tab

You can memory your favorite chord forms. You can access those chord forms very quickly.

Basically almost same, so read Library Tab.

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If you’d like to edit this list, simply tap “Edit” button.

You can show Chart View by tapping right top button.

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Chart display Chord Forms List. You can easily compare each other. And temporally stocking for chord forms using specific song is good idea.

Chart View has many features, so it is described as a separate sction later.

You can go back to favorites by tapping top right button again.

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Scale Tab

Scale Tab allows to view many popular scales.

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When you select Root note and any scale, display circle mark at top piano keyboard. You can view scale positions.
Piano keyboard is scrollable horizontally. You can listen sound the note at tapped key.
If you tap left speaker icon, Automatic sound play function toggle ON/OFF.

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
  • Melodic 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.

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You can operate this view as like Library Tab.
By tapping “<” button, you can go back Scale lists.

And also, if you turn on top right switch, Piano Kit list up chords included “1 non scale note” too.

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Help Tab

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

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Setting

  • Middle C
    • Change Middle C to C3 / C4.
  • Each Note
    • Change display for cell’s note to Note Name / Interval.
  • Export All Created Data
    • You can export all created data (includes original chord forms, Favorites, Charts…) to Mail or Dropbox or others.
    • Whenever you want, you can back up and restore. You will be at ease even major changes.
    • To read the exported data, from such as the destination for the app, when you choose whether open the file in any application, please select the Piano Kit.
    • Please refer to “Choose App” for Exporting and “Import SMF” for Importing.

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 questions, 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.)
  • Written Piano Kit version number at right bottom.

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.

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Chart View

Chart display Chord Form List. This View includes various options and commands.

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You can easily compare each other. And temporally stocking for chord forms using specific song is good idea.

Chart provide following functions. Editing list, editing each chord form, play as chord progression, set the tempo, exporting…

You can export Chart (like chord progression) as SMF(Standard MIDI File) to Mail or Dropbox or others. And also you can import SMF you exported again. Chart will replace new one.

And now you can export Piano Kit’s chart native format. This allows you to import Chart exactly even if those chord forms don’t exist in Library Tab. Practically you can save and open multiple songs in a very simple way.

It is good idea, use “Export Chart (Native Format)” normally and use “Export as MIDI File” for importing by your DAW or other app.

  • You can go back to favorites by tapping top right button.
  • After tapping “Edit” button, you can modify each chord form and chord list. Please tap “Done” button to exit Edit Mode.
  • You can play each chord sounds by tapping it. And sound volume is same one of Favorites View.
  • If you tap left top “Forms Chart▼”, it shows Title Menu. It has various commands and options.
  • If you tap ▶︎ (Play button), Piano Kit play Chart as chord progression. Please tap it again to stop sound.
  • Top middle Clock button allows you to change tempo. And if you tap Export button in showing “Tempo View”, you can export SMF.

Chart has many operation methods of editing each chord form.

If you tap right top “Edit” button, enter to Edit Mode.

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You can delete by tapping ” – ” button. And you can re-order chord form by drag gesture. (press and hold a little and drag to target place)

If you tap “▼”, you can show “Name” Menu. (You’ll show “Direct Edit” Menu in non-Edit Mode)

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You can change chord form (N.C. / By Name / By Note). And change display for right upper text to (None / Notes / Beats) and change beat counts of playing.

N.C. is None Chord. Piano Kit play no sound.

You can try hear chord sound by tapping keyboard cell. Really you decide, please tap upper “Change” button.

You’d like to cancel, please tap outside of “Name” Menu.

Next figure is “Beat” Menu.

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To leave Edit Mode, please tap top right “Done” button.

If you tap left top “Forms Chart▼”, you can show “Title” Menu.

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  • Command
    • Duplicate
      • Duplicate the selected chord form.
    • Deselect All
      • Deselect all chord forms.
    • Clear All
      • Clear all chord forms immediately.
    • Export Chart (Native Format)
      • Export all chart chord forms & options.
      • This file can be imported by Piano Kit only. But you can import all exactly even if they don’t exist in Library Tab.
      • Please refer “Choose App” for Exporting and “Import SMF” for Importing.
  • Option
    • Max Column
      • You can change column count in iPad to utilize big display.
    • Show Popup Mark
      • Show or Hide “▼” mark in non Edit Mode.
    • Show Selected Background
      • Painted background of selected chord form gray color.
    • Different Count
      • 0 is list only chord forms have completely same notes.
      • 1 is allow to list chord forms have one different note too.

In non-Edit Mode, now you can show Menus on upper left or upper right part of each chord forms.

When you tap chord name, it shows “Direct Edit” Menu instead of “Name” Menu. By using this menu, you can change Chord Name and directly edit constituted notes of chord by tapping keyboard.

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If you select “Omit” and tap any note, you can set the note to omit (Temporal Mute). It plays no sound.

If it shows “Existing”, that chord form is already registered in Library Tab. You can replace chord form of chart by tapping “Change” button.

If it doesn’t show “Existing”, that chord form is not registered in Library Tab. If you’d like to import as SMF after exporting, you should tap “Change & Add to Library” button.

If the chord form is not registered in Library, it shows empty chord form or one without specific bass after importing SMF. So you need to show “Direct Edit” Menu (already selected imported notes), and edit if you need, and tap “Change” or “Change & Add to Library” button.

You can show Tempo View by tapping Clock button.

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Tempo View

This view’s main feature is what you can set tempo for playing Chart.

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  • BPM
    • Beat count per 1 minute (about denominator of Time Signature is 4)
  • Beat
    • Beat count per 1 Bar
    • You can change up to 99. If you press and hold ” – ” ” + “, can change continuously.
  • Metronome Volume
    • Apart from the volume of the chord, you can set the volume of the click sound.
  • Done
    • Back to previous Chart View.
  • Export (left top button)
    • You can show Export Settings View for setting as SMF
  • Revert Chart to Auto Saved
    • Revert Chart to Auto Saved one from changed by importing SMF.
    • Piano Kit save automatically Chart, when you leave this Favorites Tab. So you can revert to Auto Saved Chart as long as you don’t move the Tab.

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Export Settings View

You can set for export setting as SMF (Standard MIDI File).

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  • File Name
    • Input MIDI File Name for exporting.
  • Key
    • Set the Key for Song
    • Select Major (M) or Minor (m)
  • Denominator for Time Signature
    • Decide denominator for Time Signature. Numerator of Time Signature will be set by Beat in previous Tempo View automatically.
  • Set Only
    • Save these setting and just only back to Tempo View.
  • Export as MIDI File
    • Show “Choose App” dialog for really exporting as MIDI File.
    • Chord Names will be exported as Marker.
    • Export omit note as velocity 1 note.
    • You don’t need to export as MIDI file, if you handle by Piano Kit only. You can use “Export Chart (Native Format)” now. It’ a good idea, you use “Export as MIDI File” for importing into your DAW or other app.
    • Piano Kit check automatically all chart chord forms exist in Library Tab before exporting. If chord forms don’t exist will be found, you can try to add those chord forms as User Chord Forms.

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Choose App

This view shows by tapping previous “Export as MIDI File” button. You can choose app for exporting SMF.

Automatically apps can use SMF are listed, so you will be able to choose app you like. In fact as long as I’ve tried, Mail and Dropbox is compatible enough. (In addition, since Evernote is sometimes MIDI file output disappears for some time, it is not recommended)

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For example, Dropbox does not appear in this list if you don’t install Dropbox.app.

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You can use exported MIDI file by Piano Kit on your DAW (Mac/PC) as Chord Progression. Moreover, Chord Name will be exported as Marker.

And also, if you import / export Chart by Piano Kit only, you can use easily “Export Chart (Native Format)”. Native Format allows you to import Chart exactly, even if some chart chords don’t exist in Library Tab. It is like function open and save multiple songs.

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Import SMF

If you select the file in Dropbox and tap right upper Export button, you can show following…

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When you tap under “Open by other app”, you can show following again…

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Apps are listed upper place, please select “Open by Piano Kit”.

By the way, Mail.app show Piano Kit in the upper column from the beginning.

Automatically Piano Kit activate and move to Favorites Tab and ask dialog whether you replace existing Chart by imported. (It should be noted that the SMF that Piano Kit is only officially supported what Piano Kit or Guitar Kit or Chord NOTE has output.)

Piano Kit interprets based on chord forms that registered in Library Tab. If there are no chords imported in Library, Piano Kit shows no matched count in dialog.

In those case, Chart View shows them as empty chord form or chord form without specific bass. You should show “Direct Edit” Menu by tapping chord name part, and edit imported notes if you need, and then replace the chord form by tapping “Change” or “Change & Add to Library” button.

And also, if you import / export Chart by Piano Kit only, you can use easily “Export Chart (Native Format)”. Native Format allows you to import Chart exactly, even if some chart chords don’t exist in Library Tab. It is like function open and save multiple songs.

Enjoy your Piano Life! :)

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Tips

Q. I’d like to search G major by typing “GM”.
A. Simply type “G”. If chord “G” is not top in list, tap “b” button, you can find top in list because currently Gb is now A#.

Q. Scroll list to top quickly.
A. You can use normal iOS app approach. Simply tap top status bar.

Q. Scroll list to bottom quickly.
A. Tap “User” button.

Q. Can I show all chord forms after focus some chord forms?
A. Tap Chord Name Text Field and tap “x” button for clear all text and “Done” button.  Now Chord Name Text Field is empty so you can show all chord forms.

Q. Can I make new chord form again from the beginning at Make Tab?
A. Yes, you tap “x” button beside 1 octave keyboard.

Q. Can I make new chord form as same chord at Make Tab?
A. Yes, you tap Chord Name Text Field and tap “Done” button. (Chord Name Text Field is same.)

Q. Enharmonic Equivalents?
A. You can search another chord name for same chord. “+” -> “#”, “-” -> “b”, “maj” -> “M”, “dim7” -> “dim”, “°” -> “dim”, “Ø” -> “m7b5” . And “+5” after Root search as “aug”. You can type “°”, “Ø”  by tap and hold “O” or “0″ in US keyboard. You don’t have to use them forcibly.

Q. I must type chord name from first character exactly?
A. Nop, you can type from your favorite character. Relax!

Q. I think normally Chord Picker is most first for finding chord form. But it has very huge.
A. Yes. Piano Kit has very huge chord form types, but you can access very easily by Chord Picker because its ordering is very reasonable. I think you get use to soon.

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