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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.


Enjoy...


Latest articles:

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.

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:

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.

Chord Harmonization over Minor Scales

If you need to remember what chord harmonization is visit our page on harmonizing chords over major scales. Although there is only one Natural Minor scale, there are two other Minor scales that are also widely used: The Harmonic Minor scale and the Melodic Minor scale. These scales exist for historical reasons and we will leave its explanation for another time. For now you need to know is how to construct these scales.

Chord Harmonization over major scales

Chord harmonization over a scale is a fundamental tool to understand the correct use of harmony in a theme. It is a concept that many hobbyists do not know, but they are doing it unconsciously when they are "searching" for a chord that "sounds good" over a certain progression. So we can say that "harmonizing" a scale of chords is the process of identifying what are the chords that "sound good" over a particular scale.

Acoustic Blues Guitar Basics

Despite the inroads made by the electric guitar into every area of modern music, acoustic blues guitar playing still has the power to stimulate the interest of audiences all over the world. The origins of this style of music lie in church gatherings of rural America in the early 1900’s. From these modest beginnings, Reverend Gary Davis, Robert Johnson, Big Bill Broonzy and other self-taught masters improvised their way into the hearts and minds of blues fans all over the world.

4 Tips to Make Your Guitar Amp Sound Great

A good guitar amplifier is one of the most important parts of making your instrument sound great. However, it is not enough to just have a good amp. You must also know how to get the best possible sound out of your amp. Let's take a look at some ways to make your guitar amp sound great.

How to tune your Guitar

OK, so you’ve bought your first guitar and already your mind is dreaming about rock superstardom. Pretty soon you’ll be joining the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Jimi Page and Jack White in the pantheon of all-time rock gods. There’s just one problem though: you’re not entirely sure how to get your shiny new music-box in tune.

Pentatonic Scales - Tips and Tricks

The pentatonic scales are the most important scales to learn for evolving guitar steps. The pentatonic scales are used in all styles of music, especially pop & rock. They serve particularly as a special gift for amateur guitarists with less experience. They are very easy to remember and apply to almost any music style with a little time to practice.

This article gives some tips on how to memorize them and use them.

12 Tips for the Self Taught Guitar Player

Whether it's around the campfire, with family, or a personal jam session, playing the guitar is a fun and wonderful hobby to invest in. As a beginner, however, you'll need some tips to help you get started. Use these to help prevent the many pitfalls that can cause trouble for the new guitar player.

How to Read a Guitar Chord Diagram

Guitar chord diagrams show you how play chords. At first they can look like confusing grids of lines, numbers, and circles. Soon, though, they become useful tools for learning and writing down finger positions.

This article provides some basic hints on how to read guitar chord diagrams.

 

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:

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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