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Scales & Modes

By Smappsoft

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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.

What's New in Version 1.7.0

New root note picker based on the circle of fifths.
New page flip animations.

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Customer Reviews

Highly recommended

I'm a casual learner, I work this into my spare time whenever my computer's busy with a rendering task. Given my novice status, this app is simple with a high volume of information - the same as a Big Gag Book of Scales, but phone-sized. The interface is easy to read and condensed. I love this app, and I wish they continued to make it for iPad Pro and iPhone6. Very handy.

It's ok..

The octave should be lower for the sheet notes on guitar. Also, you should be able to switch between showing sharps and flats. I don't like using flats and if say I want to use sharps, my only option is to select the key of E# which doesn't even exist in theory. This scale actually has an F## in it which is a G, why, just why...

Learn scales for piano and guitar

Heard about this app on the MTJC podcast. Switching from guitar to bass on worship team, and finding that I need to learn scales in order to play something other than root notes. This app is a nice tool for practicing these scales.

Scales & Modes
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  • $1.99
  • Category: Music
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.7.0
  • Size: 12.9 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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Top In-App Purchases

  1. Violin & Bass Add-on$0.99