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Chord progressions in your hand

In chord, harmony, iPad, music theory on March 15, 2012 at 01:37

Corresponding to the new (third) iPad generation, I would like to write something perhaps useful about a music app. Since a few days, I’m using the ProChords app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. To be honest, I have only a modest knowledge about harmony and all of these things, so this tool could help me finding new chord progressions.

ProChords add, edit and copy chords.

Yes, there is a wide range of chords fitting to the scale you are currently working on, but that’s not all. The app suggests chords for the last one of your progression or especially fitting between two of your chords. According to the company, is there a kind of database in the background of the app with ..

.. more than 9000 different progression patterns extracted from the latest 50 years of rhythmic music.

Impressive! Of course, you can rearrange, add or delete chords, every time. I think, the addition note for the bass is a great idea. The current chord (and bass note with different color) is as usual displayed on a piano roll. A acceptable piano sound plays each single chord and the whole progression.

Insert a chord between two chords of your progression.

Maybe you like for a clearer impression to watch the ProChords Video.

After storing a progression you would like to transfer it into your DAW. But there is a weakness – a time-consuming procedure. The app sends the progression via email to you. The app told me, that I could wait for the mail up to 15 minutes. I hope, that should be an absolute exception. I case you get the mail, you have to click a link to the prochords.dk site, where you have to download the MIDI file. That’s takes to much time. There is an improvement definitely necessary. I would prefer a complete workflow integration into my DAW.

Anyway, ProChords is a nice app to find, edit and store chord progressions.

Best regards! Your alexander

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