Scord - The Idea

Please have a look at Scor2, first. Scord uses a deprecated API and is going to be obsolete.

If you have a song and you don't know which scale to use for improvisation Scord is the application to find out.

Scord is helpful to determine the easiest improvisation scales for a given chord progression.
During improvisation you can use one of the matching scales and leave out the missing chord tones as computed by Scord.

The Top Scale detected by Scord generally is the key of the chord progression.

Note that Scord cannot detect enharmonic change. Scord only detects chord tones missing in the scale and not vice versa. E.g. if you have a progression completely in G-Maj and there is a "B7"-Chord Scord only detects "d#" and not "d" as missing tone.
In most cases this should be sufficient.

Keep in mind that the ears decide and not the computer.
But if you have a complicated chord progression or if you want to learn about scales Scord is a helpful tool for you.

Version Information

Platform: iOS
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Table of Contents

Getting Started
How To Use This Application
The "Keys/Table"-Tab

Getting Started

After the Scord installation on your device there are two standard songs defined:
1. Flamenco - including a chord sequence in "A-Harmonic Minor"
2. Unknown - including the C-Maj Standard Cadence

After installation the song "Unknown" is marked "active" by default.
Use "Unknown" as the standard workbench to define chord progressions. (see Customize a Chord Progression)

If you want to define more chord progressions you can create new "Songs" as described in Customize Songs.

How To Use This Application

1. Select the Scale Type
2. Customize Songs
3. Customize a Chord Progression
4. View the Matching Scales

1. Select the Scale Type

First go to the tab "Scales" and select the type of scales you want to check:
Top 8 Scales Check all existing scales and use the top 8
Major Scales Check Major Scales only
Minor/Blues Scales Check Minor/Blues scales only
Harmonic Minor Scales Check Harmonic Minor Scales only
Melodic Minor Scales Check Melodic Minor Scales only
Gypsy Minor Scales Check Gypsy Minor Scales only
Gypsy Major Scales Check Gypsy Major Scales only
MiSheberakh Scales Check MiSheberakh Scales only

2. Customize Songs

Select the "Active" Song
Switch to Tab "Song" and select a song to be "active" by tapping the button left of the song name. The active song is the song shown with the text "active".

The "Chords"-Tab always displays chords of the "active" song.
The "Keys/Table"-Tab always displays scales of the "active" song.

Changing Song Attributes
Switch to the song's detail definition by tapping the song name. Enter a song name and a short Comment and save the modifications.
Add/Remove Songs
Switch to edit mode by tapping the "Add"-Button in the navigation bar's upper left corner on the "Song"-Screen. Press "+" to add a new song below the tapped one.

New songs are named "New" and filled with the chord progression of the C-Maj standard cadence by default.

If you want to remove a song switch to edit mode by tapping the "Trash"-Button in the navigation bar's upper right corner on the "Song"-Screen. Press "-" and "Delete" to remove the song from Scord.

3. Customize a Chord Progression

Switch to the "Chords"-Tab. The "Chords"-Tab shows all chords of the "Active song".
Changing Chord Attributes
Tap the chord name you want to change. Change the chord's base tone and the chord's type and save the modifications.
Add/Remove Chords
Switch to edit mode by tapping the "Add"-Button in the navigation bar's upper left corner on the "Chords"-Screen. Each existing chord is shown with a "+". Press "+" to add a new chord below the tapped one.

Switch to edit mode by tapping the "Trash"-Button in the navigation bar's upper right corner on the "Chords"-Screen. Each existing chord is shown with a "-"-Button. Press "-" and "Delete" to remove this chord.

4. View the Matching Scales

After all switch to tab "Keys/Table" to view the best matching scales.

The "Keys/Table"-Tab

"Keys/Table" shows the best matching scales for the "Chord Progression" of the "Active song".

Top scales ..

How to Read the Keys Table

The chords and matching scales are arranged by a table structure. Chords build the columns and scales the rows of the table.

Chords are shown and numbered on top of screen.

Each matching scale has one row painted with a special gray color.

If all tones of one chord are part of the scale the name of the scale is printed in the scale's row and the chord's column. (e.g. F-Maj).

If any chord tone is missing in the scale then all missing tones are printed in the scale's row and the chord's column instead of the scale's name.

Paging

Chords are grouped by a bundle of four on the screen - e.g. chord no.1 to no.4.

Swiping left increases the current page by one (e.g. shows Chord no.2 to no.4) and swiping right decreases the page by one.

Triple tapping scrolls to the last four chords of the progression and double tapping to the first four ones.