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.

C Major Scale | Diatonic Triads | String Set 234

Diatonic triads in the key of C major on string set 234

This tutorial covers diatonic triads in the key of C major on string set 234. Find previous blog posts with triads on string set 123 in part 1 and part 2 of this tutorial.


Create diatonic triads in a major scale by just shifting the root of each triad down a diatonic second → 2 common tones.

Note the position of the root notes on strings set 234

  • 1st inversion → root on upper (2nd) string
  • 2nd inversion → root on middle (3rd) string
  • root position → root on lower (4th) string

 

Diatonic triads in the key of C major on string set 234

 

The video shows all diatonic triads in the key of C major on string set 234.

 

String 1 → String 4

Create diatonic triads on string set 234 by replacing the upper note of each triad of string set 123 with the same note on string 4 (-1 octave).

  • 2nd inversion on 123 → 1st inversion on 234
  • 1st inversion on 123 → root position on 234
  • root position on 123 → 2nd inversion on 234

 

Diatonic triads in the key of C major on string set 1234

 

Same inversions on string set 123 and 234

Each diagram shows identical triads on string set 123 and 234. However they differ in tone quality due to gauge and length of the played strings.

Diatonic triads in the key of C major on string set 123 and 234

 

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Diatonic triads in the key of G major and F major

Diatonic triads in the key of G major and F major

Create diatonic triads in a major scale by just shifting the root of each triad down a diatonic second → 2 common tones.

The video shows all diatonic triads in the key of G major and F major on string set 123.

 

 

Diatonic Triads in the key of C major

Find the previous blog post covering diatonic triads in the key of C major in part 1 of this tutorial.

 

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Diatonic Triads in the key of G major

To cover all inversions of all triads on string set 123 we start on the Cmaj (IVmaj) triad in the 12th position. Note that the Cmaj triad in the key of G is IVmaj.

Create diatonic triads in the key of G major by just shifting the root of each triad down a diatonic second → 2 common tones.

 

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Click the download link at the end of this blog post to get a free PDF with an overview of all triads and inversions on string set 123 in the key of G major and F major.

 

Diatonic Triads in the key of F major

Again we we start on the Cmaj (Vmaj) triad in the 12th position to cover all inversions of all triads on string set 123. Note that the Cmaj triad in the key of F is Vmaj.

Create diatonic triads in the key of F major by just shifting the root of each triad down a diatonic second → 2 common tones.

 

triads-inversions-in-the-key-of-F-on-string-set-123

Click the download link at the end of this blog post to get a free PDF with an overview of all triads and inversions on string set 123 in the key of G major and F major.

 

All triads in all keys

Now being familiar with all triads and all inversions in the key of Cmaj, Fmaj and Gmaj start to learn triads and their inversions in all other major keys:

Cmaj → Fmaj → Bbmaj → Ebmaj → Abmaj → Dbmaj → Gbmaj → F#maj → Bmaj → Emaj → Amaj → Dmaj → Gmaj → Cmaj

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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

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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.

 

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Chords Dot and Scales Dot | Free Upgrade

Today I published the new font-styles Chords Dot and Scales Dot for neck diagrams. These fonts are an addition to the fonts Chords and Scales expanding the possibilities to create layered chord-, scale- and arpeggio diagrams in Mac OS X and iOS. 

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Creating Layered Neck Diagrams

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 guitar chord diagrams are written only within Apple Pages and Keynote taking advantage of the features these applications offer (see also → tutorial).

 

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. Call up the Spotlight menu,  choose the neck diagrams you wish to insert and paste them into floating text boxes. Use the fonts Chords Dot and Scales Dot for the upper neck diagram.

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This is a free upgrade for existing customers. Download links will be send to your email address by September 22nd. Update Sept. 19th:  emails sent to all existing users. Please check your emails.

Blues Scales Overview

Use this Pages document as a source for blues scale guitar diagrams in different fret positions. Feel free to copy and print sections for your students, modify the diagrams and descriptions as required. For Mac OS X, iPad and iPhone.

Note: The Scales font family needs to be installed on your computer to display the diagrams!

Blues scale overview mac os x

  • blues scales diagrams
  • all keys
  • 10 pages
  • 90 blues scale diagrams for six string guitar
  • A4 · US letter
  • Mac OS X and iOS
  • requirements: Scales font family · Apple Pages

Free download

Major Scales Overview

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

Note: The Scales font family needs to be installed on your computer to display the diagrams!

Major scales overview

  • major scales
  • all keys
  • 7 pages
  • 104 major scale diagrams for six string guitar
  • A4 · US letter
  • Mac OS X and iOS
  • requirements: Scales font family · Apple Pages

Free download

Pentatonic Scales Overview

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

Note: The Scales font family needs to be installed on your computer to display the diagrams!

Pentatonic scales overview

  • major pentatonic scales
  • minor7 pentatonic scales
  • 19 pages
  • 192 pentatonic scale diagrams for six string guitar
  • A4 · US letter
  • Mac OS X and iOS
  • requirements: Scales font family · Apple Pages

Free download