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.

Harmonic Major Scale | Diatonic Chords

Completing my previous blog posts about diatonic chords in the major scale, harmonic minor scale and  jazz melodic minor scale  this Keynote presentation deals with the Harmonic Major Scale and its diatonic chords. The scale- and chord diagrams were created with the fonts Chords and Scales. No images or shapes were used.

Create diatonic seventh chords in a harmonic major scale by just shifting the root of each seventh chord up a diatonic second.

Harmonic Major Scale | Diatonic Chords


Scales Library

Note for existing users: please send me an email to get the harmonic major scale diagrams for free. The Scales font family needs to be installed on your computer to display the diagrams!

  • 142 free harmonic major scale diagrams
  • in all keys and fret positions
  • for six string guitar
  • add the scale diagrams to your Scales library folder
  • requirements: Scales font family | Mac OS X


Spotlight Search Criteria

All diagrams are tagged with keywords helping you to narrow down your search results by typing specific criteria (see also → Library).

Searching for specific scale names

To find harmonic major scale diagrams type the root note  followed by the scale name as shown in the screenshot below.

Harmonic Major Scale


Call up the Spotlight menu and type e.g. Db harmonic major. As you type Spotlight builds the list of every match it can find tagged with Db harmonic major. Choose the scale diagram you wish to insert and drag and drop it into an open Pages, Keynote, Guitar Pro or another eligible document.

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.

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