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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

Great app


I have to say, I am totally not disappointed. The interface is smooth and pretty but doesn't distract you from what you need to do: Learn Scales. The app has tons of scales in every key and you can easily change which key you want and which scale. It has a play feature that allows you to hear the scale played (in piano and guitar) and the root notes are highlighted to make it easier to get your bearings on the fretboard (the keyboard is easier for me). In addition to that, each scale you choose in whatever key gives you additional information such as the formula for the scale and chord progressions for that key (several, actually). If you want to learn your scales then you should definitely get this app.
However, if you do not have some rudimentary understanding of music theory and the notes on a fretboard, you will find this app a bit confusing. There are no explanations.

Very nice!


I have very little musical skill, but a great passion for music. So this is perfect for me. you can listen to the scales in the key that You choose. Then after you have listened to the scale, you can touch the info button and then find out a little history on that scale. I even found the info on the scales to be well written and quite entertaining.

I highly recommend it!

One thing that would be a nice addition, would be to have the wonderful parchment pages turn more realistically. Like Apple has done with the iBooks, it would just be a nice touch.

Also for violin


I was hours searching the web for a scale finder tool for violin, with no success. Found this by accident, as after I downloaded it, I discovered that for an add on purchase of 99c , it shows also the scales on the violin fingerboard or the bass (not mentioned by the developer). Great tool and pretty unique, although the sound emulation for the violin sounds rather like a muffled harmonium, but that does not really matter in the scheme of all things.


28.3 MB
Requires iOS 10.3 or later. Compatible with iPad.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© Smappsoft 2010-2017
In-App Purchases
  1. Violin & Bass add-on $0.99


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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