March 1, 2013 in Music and Recording (E)
[prMac.com] Rochester, New York - After a very long hiatus ChordLab is finally back on the Mac and better than ever. ChordLab is a unique music application that tackles advanced concepts in harmony. So beware - this is not the generic chord-book app that guitar players use to look up a diagram for an E or A chord. ChordLab deals with harmony as a whole. Instead of displaying two or three diagrams for that E chord ChordLab puts it into context, lets you play around with it by applying inversions, voicings or adding tensions - concepts that make much more sense once one steps away from TAB and diagrams for a second and also takes a look at music notation.
The many thousands of fingerings ChordLab can display for guitar or piano would be completely overwhelming if listed indiscriminately or even alphabetically. Luckily there are concepts that help differentiate between different forms of chords starting with the basic triad and going as far as the most complex altered Jazz voicing. Using these concepts allows us to grow as musicians. The root and quality of a chord (i.e. CMaj7) is all that we are given when playing from lead sheets, but inversion and voicing of that chord are as important. The same that we know the name of a chord we are playing we should always be aware of the particular inversion and voicing we are using. That is why ChordLab always displays all inversions of a chord in music notation and makes it very easy to step through all possible voicings. Fingerings are then generated based on root note, type of chord, inversion and voicing. This approach is a good habit to get into as early as possible in our development as musicians.
Musicians playing a harmony instrument like the piano or guitar often come up with a bunch of notes that sound interesting when played together. Sometimes these sounds can be the starter of whole song and if we maybe want to invite others to join in, the chord has to be identified, so it can be communicated. Not always an easy task. The chord finder function in ChordLab is in invaluable tool in these circumstances. Especially so for guitarists that rarely encounter chords in root position.
Another essential tool found in ChordLab is the Circle of Fifths which is implemented in a manner that allows to use it interactively. It not only allows to look up key signatures for major and minor scales, but all modes derived of the major scale, like dorian, phrygian. So it is possible to display key signatures for all mixolydian scales for example and simultaneously highlight the other degrees for that mode. Additionally ChordLab displays degree structures for a key in standard Roman numerals. This is very useful when putting together chord progressions.
There are many other features in ChordLab. The lookup history maintained when running the application can be displayed in the history window. Here one can easily trace back through chords previously looked at or start from scratch. The guitar instrument has presets for all common open and altered tunings, there are six different clef choices, notes can be named using syllables (Do, Re, Mi...) or letters (C, D, E...), chords can be shown in American or European notation and a rating system allows the quick marking of one's favorites.
* Supports all common chords
* Chord finder finds correct chord descriptions for triads and seventh chords
* Music notation and textual representation of chord tones
* American or European chord notation
* Fingering display for piano and guitar
* Alternate fingerings for guitar where available
* Alto, bass, tenor, treble clefs, TAB and grand staff
* All possible inversions
* All standard voicings
* Automatic reduction to 3 or 4 voices
* Automatic root and fifth substitution
* Key signatures for all major modes (circle of fifths)
* Degree structure in Roman numerals for all major modes (circle of fifths)
* High quality guitar and piano samples
* Arpeggiated playback
* Support for left-handed players
* Tone syllable and letter notations
* High resolution graphics for Retina(R)
* Academic discounts available
ChordLab addresses the needs of a somewhat advanced audience with a sharp focus on elementary areas like chord spelling, voice leading, four-part reduction and similar topics that are so essential to many modern music styles. By simultaneously addressing both harmony instruments prevalent in modern music it also becomes an invaluable tool to the composer/arranger of today that needs to evaluate the playability of certain voicings. In short, ChordLab goes far beyond the generic chord app that only aims to show a diagram or two. While providing valuable fingering information - albeit in a context firmly based in theory - with its included interactive circle of fifths, chord finder, rating system, history, tunings adaptation and so many other features, ChordLab is the one harmony tool one finds oneself coming back to again and again.
ChordLab is localized into Chinese, Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Swedish languages.
* Mac OS 10.6.6 or later
* 64-bit processor
* 42.9 MB RAM
Pricing and Availability:
ChordLab 3.0 is on sale at a 20% introductory discount until March 15th, 2013 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the music and education categories. ChordLab normally costs $14.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies). Educational discounts as well as a limited number of teacher copies are available.
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