Initially, I made that app in order to give a practical access to harmony for my young music students (because everyone isn’t a pianist or a guitarist). Being able to “play” the degrees (and not just chords) helps them to understand how functional harmony works.
Some of my computer music students also like to use it as a track starter (and so do i).
It works ok with Chrome / Safari / Firefox on both computer and smartphone (IOS/Android).
This app is FREE (but if you feel like it you can make a little donation that will help maintaining it online).
This is really fun to use. Any plans to add midi output? That way I could see the chord shapes on the piano roll which helps me visualize what’s going on. Either way, an inspiring way to interact with chords.
The app is intentionally minimalist and intend to serve but one goal: give everyone the possibility to practice chord progressions . The purpose is purely educational.
Most the ideas above are really great but won’t be added to CHRDS. First because there is already a lot of vst/standalone apps that do that kind of advance stuff very well:
The other other reasons are music-teaching related:
Of course it would be fun but also a non-needed distraction for my young students . I wanted the sound to be kind of neutral (and also not a piano because the idea is that you don’t have to be a pianist to play around with harmony).
That could be implemented though, or at least adding something to keep track of the progression you just played. I need to think about it.
That is more subject to debate (in an educational point of view). I conceived a similar app with MAX/MSP some years ago with a keyboard showing the notes of the chords. The problem is that students tended to just copy the notes of the piano in their DAW without even thinking about intervals and chords content . I really don’t want to give them everything so easily (as i said before, they are kind of lazy ahah). They need to think about what they do in order to deeply acquire that harmony knowledge. But maybe should i add some informations about chords in the help section?
Not at the moment, for the same reasons than notes displaying.
Ok That is a good idea. It could be very playable with a grid or even with a computer keyboard. It could do all kind of stuff like arpeggios, MIDI etc etc… That may be one of my next projects
Ø is the symbol for half-diminished chords. They are the 7th degrees of the major scale (the seventh version of the triad mb5 or m5-). So in C major: B D F A
Secondary dominants are kind of fake V that can lead you to the chord used as their I (especially if you add them a seventh, that make them sound like a V) . You can consider them as little detours. It is very common in pop music.