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Scales & Modes is an interactive visual and audio reference for the diatonic scales and modes that are fundamental in music theory. View major and minor modes on the musical staff, see fingerings for both keyboard and guitar, and listen to the scales note by note, in any key. Violin and bass guitar fingerings are also available as an in app purchase add on.

Diatonic musical scales and modes are one of the fundamental concepts of Western music theory. But the large number of scales makes learning and remembering them difficult. Scales & Modes is a handy mobile reference guide for viewing and listening to a large number scales and modes, including all the modes of the major, natural minor, and harmonic minor scales.

Select a root note and a scale to display the notes of the scale on the musical staff, and click “Play Scale” to listen. Select the Keyboard or Guitar tabs (or Violin and Bass after an in app purchase) to view fingering diagrams for the scale on those instruments, and press the info button to see more detail about constructing the scale.

Whether you are a professional or amateur musician, taking a music theory class, attending a jam session, or writing a symphony, Scales & Modes can help!

What's New

Version 1.9.0

64 Bit Compatibility

Ratings and Reviews

Essential And Informative!


This is a really well set out app for learning and referencing diatonic scales and their modes. Both major and the minor scales are explained in detail for a thorough understanding of using them in a modal context.

See, hear and understand these scales, and you even learn the corresponding chords to each mode.
This is perfect for beginners and advanced musicians, with a great quiz at the end which is guaranteed to keep your mind sharp.



Sounds like that first review was written by the guy who made the app.. A bit too informative and "sales pitchy"... Anyhow, the app is average, needs more thought and the sounds are much like general midi...

Where da bass?


Needs a bass clef option.


28.3 MB
Requires iOS 10.3 or later. Compatible with iPad.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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In-App Purchases
  1. Violin & Bass add-on $1.49


  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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