Chords and Scales Library – Drag and Drop on iPad

Drag and Drop – iOS 11

Since I created the fonts Chords and Scales some years ago I hoped that Apple would release an update for iOS featuring Drag and Drop for text on the iPad. With the release of iOS 11 Apple introduced quite a few new features the fonts Chords and Scales take advantage of.

Drag and Drop for text – that implies the fonts Chords and Scales –  is the most useful feature that makes the work with diagrams much easier.

 

Chords & Scales Library

First upload the Chords & Scales Library with more than 10000 chord, scale and arpeggio diagrams to your iCloud Drive. Include your custom diagrams as well.

Open a new Apple Pages document on your iPad. Then open the Files App introduced with iOS 11.

Use Split View mode to drag & drop diagram files from the Chords and Scales Library to the Apple Pages document. Edit the diagrams by applying text styles, resize the diagram by changing the font size, add frames to the diagrams and background color, et cetera.

 

 

Use apps such as Readdle’s PDF Expert to drag and drop diagrams from your iCloud Drive to a PDF leadsheet as shown in the video.

It’s that simple.

Chords and Scales in Dorico Music Notation Software

Quick and easy diagrams in Dorico

The fonts Chords and Scales work very well in Steinberg’s music notation software Dorico for macOS.

Layout custom text frames and write your pin sharp chord boxes, scales and arpeggio diagrams in any size directly in the score.

Alternatively use Spotlight and the huge Chords & Scales library with more than 10000 chord, scale and arpeggio diagrams and drop them into your Dorico document.

Watch the video:

Share Chords and Scales diagrams

In part 1 of this tutorial I showed you how to convert your scale- and chord diagrams from text to png-images using the application Automator.

You created images from Chords & Scales neck diagrams using Apple Pages or TextEdit – or even Spotlight without opening any application.

Share Chords and Scales diagrams

Occasionally you may want to share additional chord, scale or arpeggio diagrams as an explanatory note with  your students. In this second part of the tutorial I show you how to attach, markup and share these images.

 

Script · Scales Normal to Mail

  • converts your scale diagram to an image
  • saves the image to the folder My Scales Images
  • opens the application Mail
  • attaches the image to a new email
  • completing subject and message automatically

Watch the movie to get the idea.

 

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Adding frets to neck diagrams

By default the fonts Chords and Scales create chord- and scale diagrams with five and six frets. Diagrams for scale patterns using three notes per string, long-form arpeggios or some tetrachord patterns require more than six frets.

It is pretty easy to add any number of frets to these diagrams by connecting and aligning two or more text boxes in Apple Pages as shown in the video. Make sure to set Text Wrap of each text box to None.

 

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Adding frets to a diagram in Apple Pages

 

  • create two neck diagrams with the fonts Chords and/or Scales
  • set Text Wrap of each text box to None
  • cut the lower part of the text box resp. neck diagram to avoid overlaps
  • connect and align text boxes
  • group the text boxes
  • optionally rotate the diagram by 90°

 

Chords and Scales | Free Upgrade

Update Dec. 30th: emails with upgrade instructions sent to all existing users. Please check your mail folders.

Chords and Scales | Six frets

Today I published two new font families Chords VI and Scales VI for neck diagrams. These fonts are an addition to the fonts Chords and Scales expanding the possibilities to create chord-, scale- and arpeggio diagrams in Mac OS X and iOS with six frets. The  font families Chords VI and Scales VI contain the three font styles

  • Normal
  • Nut and
  • Dot

Additionally this upgrade includes:

  • barré chords up to nine strings for Chords and Chords VI

 

Chords and Scales Library

By now the Chords and Scales library coming with fonts for neck diagrams includes about 10.000 chord-, scale- and arpeggio diagrams for guitar, not to mention your custom neck diagrams.

All these diagrams are compatible with the new font families Chords VI and Scales VI as well. Call up the Spotlight menu, choose the neck diagrams you wish to insert and paste them into your document or Keynote presentation. In the font menu change the font familiy from Chords resp. Scales to Chords VI resp. Scales VI.

 

Free Upgrade

This is a free upgrade for existing users.

Major Scale | Diatonic Chords & Arpeggios

Another Keynote presentation illustrating guitar diagrams created with the fonts Chords and Scales. No images or shapes were used. 

Build diatonic seventh chords and arpeggios in a major scale by just shifting the root of each seventh chord and arpeggio up a diatonic second. 

Major Scale | Diatonic Chords & Arpeggios

Layered Neck Diagrams | Sneak Peek

New Font Styles | Chords Dot · Scales Dot

Today I want to show you in a short video the upcoming new font styles Chords Dot and Scales Dot complementing the font families Chords and Scales. With this upgrade you are enabled to create layered neck diagrams in Mac OS X and iOS in any combination:

  • scales – scales
  • scales – arpeggios
  • scales – chords
  • chords – chords
  • chords – arpeggios

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Create powerful web presentations without the hassle of importing fretboard images or pdf-files from other applications. Only fonts are used in this video – no images. The chord-, scale- and arpeggio diagrams are written within Apple Pages resp. Keynote taking advantage of the features these applications offer. 

 

Chords and Scales Library

By now the Chords and Scales library coming with fonts for neck diagrams includes about 10.000 chord-, scale- and arpeggio diagrams for guitar, not to mention your custom neck diagrams. All these diagrams can be used with the new font styles Chords Dot and Scales Dot as well. 

Please note that Chords Dot and Scales Dot will be free upgrades for existing customers. Stay tuned!

Custom Neck Diagrams Library

Note: Fonts for neck diagrams need to be installed on your computer to display the diagrams!

The fonts Chords and Scales come with a huge library of thousands of editable chord, scale and arpeggio diagrams for guitar which can be dropped into other documents in Mac OS X at any time.

As already specified (→ Library → Guitar ProSpotlight Search offers a quick and easy way to insert these diagrams into your documents.

 

Custom Neck Diagrams

And here’s how it works to add your own custom neck diagrams to the library.

Create some custom neck diagrams using the fonts Chords and Scales. Highlight and copy the diagram you wish to add to the library. Then run a script that automatically adds your just created diagram to the custom neck diagrams library and thus to Spotlight Search.

Running a Script

Go to the Script menu in the menu bar and select the script according to the font style of the selected diagram.

The script automatically

creates the folder My Neck Diagrams in your Documents folder
adds a subfolder according to the font style

  • My Chords Normal
  • My Chords Nut
  • My Scales Normal
  • My Scales Nut
  • My Arpeggios Normal
  • My Arpeggios Nut

opens a new document in TextEdit
pastes your custom diagram into the new TextEdit document
sets the font size to 20
sets the font style according to the name of the script
waits for your input for chord name, fret position and string numbers
saves the document in the subfolder and closes the document
waits for your input for your Spotlight comments

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Dorian Scales | Chords | Arpeggios

Use this Pages document as a source for comparing guitar diagrams for dorian scales, minor7 pentatonic scales, min7 arpeggios, min7 chords and minor triads in different fret positions. Feel free to copy and print sections for your students, modify the guitar chords as required. For Mac OS X as well as iPad and iPhone.

Note: Fonts for neck diagrams need to be installed on your device to display the diagrams!

Dorian scales chords arpeggios

  • dorian scale diagrams in all keys arranged in the circle of fifths
  • minor7 pentatonic scales
  • min7 arpeggios
  • min7 chords
  • min triads
  • 18 pages
  • 390 scale, chord and arpeggio guitar fretboard diagrams
  • A4 · US letter
  • Mac OS X and iOS
  • requirements: Scales font family · Chords font family · Apple Pages

Free download

Ionian Scales | Chords | Arpeggios

Use this Pages document as a source for comparing guitar diagrams for ionian scales, major pentatonic scales, maj7 arpeggios, maj7 chords and major triads in different fret positions. Feel free to copy and print sections for your students, modify the guitar chords as required. For Mac OS X as well as iPad and iPhone.

Note: Fonts for neck diagrams need to be installed on your device to display the diagrams!

Major scales chords arpeggios

 

  • ionian scale diagrams in all keys arranged in the circle of fifths
  • major pentatonic scales
  • maj7 arpeggios
  • maj7 chords
  • maj triads
  • 18 pages
  • 390 scale, chord and arpeggio guitar fretboard diagrams
  • A4 · US letter
  • Mac OS X and iOS
  • requirements: Scales font family · Chords font family · Apple Pages

Free download