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Musical Scales and Chords Tools for Guitar and Keyboard/Piano


Welcome

This site is geared to playing musicians and composers. This site is for you! I developed some tools while playing and composing that helped me in my work. At first the tools were just a list of relationships that I used to help me find scales and chords. After a while, the lists became too long, so I implemented some macros in Excel to find more chord relationships and faster.

Carrying my Excel sheets with me everywhere I went looked funny to the guys I work with, until they started to use them too! So, I decided to share my tool with you. I hope you find them useful.

NEW: We implemented a new responsive design to make using the tools on mobile devices easier.

Give us some feedback on how it works for you.



Latest articles:

Blazing Pentatonic Guitar Licks

The minor pentatonic scale is extremely common. It is used extensively in American blues music and other cultures around the world employ it frequently as well. Personally, the minor pentatonic is one of my favorite scales and probably the one I rely on most for live improvisations. Here is the minor pentatonic in the key of G:

Use Songs You Know to Learn Your Musical Intervals

One of the most difficult elements of both sight reading and ear training in music is the mastery of intervals. Once you know your intervals, almost no piece of music is out of your ability, and you will soon be able to sight read or transcribe any piece you hear. The best way to learn your intervals is to think of them in the context of songs that you already know. Once you associate a Perfect 4th, for instance, with the first interval in “Here Comes the Bride,” you’ll never forget it. Here are a few mnemonic devices you can use to remember each of the intervals you need to know.

Notes:

The tools on this website are useful for almost any instrument. We developed chord chart images for guitar and piano. You can also hear the chord sounds in guitar voicing or piano voicing.

Chords and their relationship with scales are universal. If you understand these relationships you can use them on any instrument.

New Features:

Feb/2014: New responsive design to improve the usability on mobile phones or tablets.

Jan/2014: Now you can listen to every chord that exists on our website, using a guitar voicing or a piano voicing. Please keep in mind this a beta feature. We are improving it to work on any device. We do know that it is not working in IOS. If you are having any problems using this feature please contact us.

Latest articles:

Blazing Pentatonic Guitar Licks

The minor pentatonic scale is extremely common. It is used extensively in American blues music and other cultures around the world employ it frequently as well. Personally, the minor pentatonic is one of my favorite scales and probably the one I rely on most for live improvisations. Here is the minor pentatonic in the key of G:

Use Songs You Know to Learn Your Musical Intervals

One of the most difficult elements of both sight reading and ear training in music is the mastery of intervals. Once you know your intervals, almost no piece of music is out of your ability, and you will soon be able to sight read or transcribe any piece you hear. The best way to learn your intervals is to think of them in the context of songs that you already know. Once you associate a Perfect 4th, for instance, with the first interval in “Here Comes the Bride,” you’ll never forget it. Here are a few mnemonic devices you can use to remember each of the intervals you need to know.

Buying a Piano: How to Choose the Right Model for You

The piano is a beautiful instrument with a long history. First developed in Italy by inventor Bartolomeo Cristofori in the early 18th century, the pianoforte was a keyboard instrument based on the older harpsichord. The pianoforte was unique for its ability to play notes at different volumes, something earlier keyboard instruments could not do - hence its name, from the Italian words for "soft" (piano) and "strong" (forte.)

Do You Need A Thumb Pick To Play Acoustic Blues Guitar ?

A thumb pick is a plastic plectrum that a guitarist fits onto the thumb rather than holding a flat pick between thumb and forefinger. This gives the player freedom to use the forefinger to pluck the strings in unison with, or separately from the thumb without losing control of the plectrum. Some music historians say that the use of the thumb pick originated with the early blues artists who played the banjo in preference to the guitar.

A Free Acoustic Guitar Lesson

Here are some tips that will help you to begin playing acoustic guitar using a plectrum. This guide is for the novice guitar player who wants to achieve both emotional fluency and technical precision.

How to Write a Children's Song

If you think writing songs for children is an easy option, think again. Children’s songs may not contain the sophistication of other forms of music, but they still present many challenges to the composer. In fact, their simplicity is one of the main factors to overcome. The writer needs to inject humour, fun, memorable words and catchy melodies in a limited space, using basic musical material. However, by keeping a few key ideas in mind, composing a children’s song can be a successful and enjoyable project.

How to Tune a Bass Guitar

Tuning is a very simple process, but a requirement for any rehearsal, show or recording that - believe it or not - can often be overlooked. Depending on your instrument, you may even need to tune between songs at a show.

Harmonization of 7th Chords

Learn the scale and chord patterns for harmonizing 7th chords over the major scale and melodic, harmonic and natural minor scales.

A Brief History of Heavy Metal

While his vivid and manic description of the effect of Heavy Metal music looks somewhat disturbing, there is no doubt that when Halford emphatically answers his own rhetoric question, “What do you want?” with “Heavy metal!” he is not alone. According to research cited by Walser, some 10 million Americans would join that chorus. However, that same research suggests nearly twice as many would blanch at the prospect. Such is the power, and divisiveness of this broad and provocative genre of rock music.

The Advantages of Taking Acoustic Guitar Lessons

Many young people dream of learning to play the guitar but delay it off because they have not decided on the style they want to learn. There are so many great guitar players, so much wonderful music. How do you go about choosing a particular genre to study seriously? One way is to take acoustic guitar lessons so that you can learn what guitar playing feels like for you, as an individual. That way, you will not be wasting your time looking for a convenient opportunity to make a final decision on your preferred genre before you start playing.

 

Tools Map

Scale Finder

Music Scale Finder

Helps you find the scales that fit a particular melody or chord progression. Use this tool to complete your song or to identify the correct scales to solo.



Chord Progression Analyser

Analyses your song or chord to progression. It allows you to identify underlying scales to the progression and suggests new chords to resolve your song.



Chord Identifier

Searches the chord database for chords that have a specific set of notes. It allows flexibility on the key tone of the chord or on the complexity of the chord.



Scale Navigator

Enables you to browse our Musical Scale Database. The database provides information about scale structure, harmonized chords and related scales.



Chord Database

Our chord database has all types of chords, alternative designations and alternative charts. Piano chord charts also available!



Latest articles:

Blazing Pentatonic Guitar Licks
Use Songs You Know to Learn Your Musical Intervals
Buying a Piano: How to Choose the Right Model for You
Do You Need A Thumb Pick To Play Acoustic Blues Guitar ?
A Free Acoustic Guitar Lesson
How to Write a Children's Song
How to Tune a Bass Guitar
Harmonization of 7th Chords
A Brief History of Heavy Metal
The Advantages of Taking Acoustic Guitar Lessons
Chord Harmonization over Minor Scales
Chord Harmonization over major scales
Acoustic Blues Guitar Basics
4 Tips to Make Your Guitar Amp Sound Great
How to tune your Guitar
Pentatonic Scales - Tips and Tricks
12 Tips for the Self Taught Guitar Player
How to Read a Guitar Chord Diagram

 





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