Welcome to Musical Scales and Chords

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.

Scale Navigator

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

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.

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.

Ultimate Chord Finder for Guitar and Piano

Put together a "soup" of notes, scales and chords that sound well together. Our chord finder lets you search chords that fit a set of notes, sound well with other chords and fit the music scales you want.

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:

Mar/2015: Scales-chords.com presents the Auto Guitar Chord Shapes Calculator

Feb/2015: Scales-chords.com presents the Chord Finder for Guitar and Piano

Jul/2014: Chord information now show what scales the chord fits.

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. 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.

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.

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.

5 Tips to Make Your First Tour Work

First, the cold, hard truth: your first tour is not going to make you famous. Your first tour should not be six weeks of hardcore driving and shows. Your first tour will probably break up your band--that is, if you don't do it right. Touring is not an easy thing to embark upon initially, especially when you and your bandmates are doing all the work yourself, from booking to driving to promotion to playing the show. However, with a few tips from seasoned industry veterans, you can avoid some common mistakes and make it a little less painful the first time you hit the road.

Musicians Christmas Gifts

Musicians can sometimes be difficult to buy for when the holidays roll around. People will avoid buying any kind of musical gift for fear of getting something the musician will not like or be able to use. But there are certain gifts that you can get for any artist that will be a big hit during the holidays.

Let's Learn to Play Rock Band Guitar on Medium

Playing Rock Band on easy difficulty just isn't as difficult as it used to be. Impossible songs like "Caprici di Diablo" and "The Trooper" are more of a yawn than they are a challenge. And let's not get started on the easier songs. In fact, you've scored a perfect 100% completion rating on more than a few easy songs and even some that aren't so easy.

Learning to Play Rock Band

That was a cool party you were at yesterday. All of your work buddies and friends gathering together to share a couple of drinks and have a good time. Then someone mentioned playing Rock Band. That didn't sound so bad. Except when the guitar was passed to you, you sucked and that cute girl or guy you had your eye on wasn't as impressed in your "epic level shredding" as you would've hoped.

 
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Tools Map

Live Chord Finder (Mic)

Beta Online chord finder using your device mic. Play the chord to your device and our app will try to name the chord. No external plugins required. Real time graph of played notes.



Live Guitar Tuner (Mic)

Beta Online live guitar tuner with no external plugins required.
Note spectrum real time sketch.
Tunning resolution of 1/17th of a halftone and range from D2 to F4.



Guitar Chord Calculator

Guitar Chord Calculator

NEW The Chord Calculator lets you find all reasonable combinations of a chord voicing/shape on the guitar frets. You may specify your own chord (notes) or select a standard chord.



Chord Finder

NEW Our chord finder for guitar and piano lets you search chords that fit a set of notes, go well together with other chords and fit the music scales you want.



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
⇨ 5 Tips to Make Your First Tour Work
⇨ Musicians Christmas Gifts
⇨ Let's Learn to Play Rock Band Guitar on Medium
⇨ Learning to Play Rock Band

 



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