December 11, 2012 in Reference
[prMac.com] Reykjavik, Iceland - ipSoft today is pleased to introduce Chord Dictionary 1.0, an iOS version of its innovative, Mac OS X, music app that provides instant reverse chord lookup from a guitar fretboard. Unlike most chord dictionaries, which allow the user to select a chord and then view the correct fingering on the fretboard, the app allows users to create their own chord and then lookup its name. An ideal reference tool for musicians of any level of expertise, Chord Dictionary can figure out chord names just from notes and intervals, and it will identify every conceivable chord on all 22 frets of the guitar and every possible note over the guitar's almost 4-octave range. The app can also be used as an interactive teaching tool, allowing musicians to learn new chords by discovering what happens when they alter a basic chord they already know. Now portable on mobile devices, the app includes audio playback of the note or chord selected, an advanced touch interface, and saving fretboard diagrams to the Photo Library.
* Reverse chord lookup from a guitar fretboard
* Covers all 22 frets, plus chords that are physically impossible to play
* Provides the exact name of the chord produced by any fingering
* Hear the notes and chords selected on the guitar neck
* Convenient touch interface
* Scroll to moves up or down the fretboard, while maintaining the fingering
* Save complete, titled chord diagrams to the Photo Library
* An ideal reference for musicians of every level of experience and education
* NEW iOS version makes chord lookup easy anytime, anywhere
Using Chord Dictionary is extremely simple, with black frets and fingerings on a white background. The screen displays five frets vertically and six strings horizontally in the standard representation. On the far left are the fret numbers aligned in a column next to the diagram. Users can scroll up or down one fret at a time with the vertical drag gesture. The default display is of frets 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. Guitarists can move up the neck, one fret at a time, until frets 18, 19, 20, 21, and 22 are displayed. The components of the chord (root, third, fifth, seventh, etc.) are aligned horizontally at the bottom below each string. Three buttons are located at the bottom of the screen, Clear, Play, and Save. Lastly, the complete name of the chord is displayed in bold above the diagram.
With Chord Dictionary set to display frets 1 - 5, the user simply touches a string to produce a large black dot or fingering (e.g., 1st string, 3rd fret; 5th string, 2nd fret; 6th string, 3rd fret for G Major). Each touch changes the name of the chord and the components of the new chord (it is also possible to eliminate a string from the fingering). Since many chords can be played using a variety of fingerings (inversions and voicings), musicians can quickly determine if they are playing such a variant. In fact, Chord Dictionary will name every conceivable chord on the guitar neck, including those that are physically impossible to play. That means that the app knows music harmony and can figure out chord names just from notes and intervals. This capability is invaluable for students of music theory, jazz guitarists, composers, transcriptionists, and midi-programmers.
The Mac OS X version of Chord Dictionary has been a great success with musicians since it was released in May 2012. After the initial release, the app was updated, giving it the capability of actually playing the chord aloud in addition to identifying it. Having created a fingering, the Play button allows the user to hear single notes or complete chords. To include the sound of an open string in a chord, the musician can touch above the string, creating a large white dot (no fingering). Playback reproduces the sound of every string with a white or black dot, strummed downward. The professionally recorded library of individual notes, played on a classical guitar, supplies all the notes to create the selected chord. The Clear button removes all fingerings and the Save button exports the diagram to the Camera Roll.
Learning about chords from books is somewhat difficult, but Chord Dictionary offers an alternative. For example, from the G Major chord it is possible to create a large number of other G chords, such as G maj7, maj9, maj11, maj13, maj9#11, maj13#11, 6, add9, 6add9, maj7b5, maj7#5, m7, m9, m11, m13, m6, madd9, m6add9, mmaj7, mmaj9, m7b5, m7#5, 7, 9, 11, 13 7sus4, 7b5, 7#5, 7b9, 7#9, 7, aug, dim, dim7, sus4, sus2, etc. From the basic, three-finger, G Major chord (1st string/3rd fret, 5th/2nd, 6th/3rd), the musician can learn interactively the result of adding the 4th string: 1st fret (Gaug5); 2nd fret (G6); 3rd fret (G7); 4th fret (Gmaj7); 5th fret (Gmaj), etc.
"How many times have you played a chord but weren't quite sure exactly what chord it was?" asked Sigthor Hrafnsson of ipSoft. "Now with Chord Dictionary, the reverse lookup, you can be certain of the name of every chord. And this iOS version includes all the features and capabilities of the full OS X application."
* iPhone 3GS/4/4S/5, iPod touch (3rd/4th/5th generation), and iPad
* iOS 6 or later
* 10.2 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Chord Dictionary 1.0 for iOS is $1.99 (USD) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Reference category. Review copies are available on request. The Mac OS X version of Chord Dictionary is $1.99 and available through the Mac App Store.
Based in Reykjavik, Iceland, ipSoft was founded by Sigthor Hrafnsson in 2001. ipSoft is a small software company producing software for the Mac platform. Copyright (C) 2001-2012 ipSoft Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.