Songwriting Inspiration for MacOS

Songwriting Inspiration – One users said it was a “Good song seed app.”

Our app was featured on one of the Premiere Logic Pro X Tutorial sites.

Stuck writing the same C-F-G, G-C-Dm songs over and over? Unsure which chords sound good in a progression? Uncomfortable composing in C sharp Lydian and A flat Locrian?

The most valuable part of Songwriting Inspiration is that it knows which chords usually sound best following other chords, so it shouldn’t give you any “duds” as far as progressions. It will randomly select chords that fit your criteria, so you should be able re-generate a new progression with similar criteria that is slightly different.

How it works:

First you select a key/scale/mode. Then you select the number of chords that you’d like in your progression. Finally you pick how you want your progression to end. Click the generate progression button, and it’s displayed on the screen. For example, say you want to write a song in F# Mixolydian, and would like a progression of 8 chords long, with the progression ending on the V Dominant chord. Select that criteria, click the generate button, and it should give you a decent sounding progression. Click the play button, and it’ll give you an audio preview of the progression using piano triads. If you don’t quite like it, but want to stick with that criteria, just click the generate button again, and it will give you a slight variation.

You can pick progressions that end with any chord (but still sound good in the progression,) or select a plagal cadence (IV-I) or a perfect cadence (V-I) as well as some “standard” progressions like 12 bar blues and the ii-V-I jazz progression.

Teachers and composers can print out the chord progressions to share with others. Additionally, if you are a bit weak on playing the chords on piano or guitar, chord charts can be substituted for the music staff.

Songwriting Inspiration not only assists you when feeling stuck or unsure of where to start, but can also save you time by transferring the chords to your DAW! Save your progression to a midi file, and import it into Logic Pro, Fruity Loops, Pro Tools, etc. Additionally, it saves to MusicXML format which can be imported to Sibelius or Logic.

If saving as MusicXML, it will create two tracks. The first is a “chords” track for the progression, already converted to inversions for you, so all chords are in the C3 range on the keyboard. The second is a bass track an octave lower that contains just the root note. This is a huge time saver if you are a Logic user! Imagine you want to write a 12 bar blues song. Just select the key and 12-bar blues, click generate, then save to MusicXML. Import into Logic, and you’ll have two 12 bar midi regions for piano and bass. Pick whatever 2 patches you want for those tracks, and voila, a song skeleton that took about a minute of your time!!! Of course you could pick a much more involved song structure, but even something “as simple” as a 12 bar blues song can be constructed much quicker with this method.

You can pick all of the standard modes that you’d expect Major (Ionian), Minor (Aeolian), Harmonic Minor, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, and Locrian. You can select progressions of 4,8,12,16 or 32. Your progression can end on Any chord, the Tonic, the Dominant, the Dominant to Tonic, the Subdominant to Tonic, and several others commonly used progressions.

You can also select to have the chords presented in standard (G Clef) staff format, as a guitar chord chart or a piano chord chart.

Another thing to try for inspiration is to select a 32 chord progression ending with Any chord, and rather than use the entire progression, listen to it and find that one little sub-progression that you find catchy.

Please note a minimum screen height of 1660 is required.


Songwriter’s Inspiration – Chord Progression Generation

icon256Find yourself using the same chord progressions over and over? Are you unsure what chords sound good together? Do you feel like you’ve mastered C and G Major, but are at a loss with what chords to use in B flat minor, let alone F sharp Mixolydian?

That’s exactly the problem that I was having, and this is an attempt to fix that.

The following scales/modes are covered (Major, Minor, Harmonic Minor, Dorian, Phrygian,Lydian, Mixolydian,Locrian) for all keys. The more standard key signatures are used (C sharp instead of D flat, B flat instead of A sharp, etc.)

First select a scale. Then select the number of chords that you want in your progression. Finally, select the type of ending that you want (end on the Tonic, a Dominant to Tonic, Subdominant to Tonic, just the Dominant, or any chord.) Click the generate progression button and the progression is printed to the screen. Chords are randomly generated to create a progression. But not any random chords, randomly only from the chords that should sound good next in the progression. If you’re unhappy with the progression, just click Generate again to create a new one!!!

Click the Play Progression button to hear what the progression sounds like.

The Roman Numeral is shown underneath each chord, to show you how it relates to the key. The Tonic chord is shown in yellow to draw your attention to it. The Dominant chord is in green, and the sub-Dominant in Blue.

There are also options for Guitar or Piano charts.
I designed this to have the window open over my DAW session so that I could play the chords on a soft-synth or guitar as I go through the chords. You can print the screen though so that you can take the progression with you.
The goal isn’t to have this spit out an entire song (although you could try and do that,) but to use it as inspiration to try chords that you wouldn’t normally choose.

For a pop or rock type of song you might want to select a 4 chord progression ending with IV-I for your verses and a different 4 chord progression ending with V-I for your chorus.

You may find blindly following a 32 chord pattern makes for a fun exercise and find just vamping on that leads to something creative. Maybe a few of the chords in the middle of the progression are ideal, which sparks a new idea.

There’s no right or wrong, this is meant to spark creativity, and it’s up to you (the artist) to decide what works for you.

Once you feel comfortable with some of the more common scales, you can then venture into some of the more challenging scales.

Roadmap for future releases –
-More chord variants
-More commonly used progressions

Our app was featured on one of the Premiere Logic Pro X Tutorial sites.

Elements – Periodic Table Order Quiz

Elements – Periodic Table Order Quiz

Put the elements in order on the Periodic Table.

Great for students that are learning the Periodic Table, but also fun for adults to test their knowledge!!!

See if you can learn something new!!!

Select from 4 levels.

Beginner is the first 20 elements. This is often what is taught in Middle School.

The Intermediate level has all of the elements on the sides of the table, but excludes transitional metals, lanthanides and actinides.

Advanced has all of the elements.

Expert is all of the elements, but the table itself doesn’t have any colors for assistance.

Hydrogen

Candlestick Patterns

 

 

First go through the candlestick patterns to familiarize yourself with them. Select if you want to view Bullish or Bearish patterns.

Then quiz yourself on the patterns. A figure will be shown with 4 options, just pick the correct answer.

Additionally, 50+ patterns are available to peruse on the Apple Watch as a handy reference.

Candlestick Patterns

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You are driving down the road in the wrong direction.
Avoid hitting oncoming cars.
Pickup fuel on your way so you don’t run out.

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New iOS racing game app

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Open Chords for Beginner

Updated with Apple Watch Support.

Updated for iOS 8.
Added Watch support, allowing you to select a natural key, then swipe through a dozen chords for each key. Turn the watch around to see a chord while you play!

Open Chords Apple Watch Guitar App
Open Chords Apple Watch Guitar App

 

Open Chords Apple Watch Guitar App
Open Chords Apple Watch Guitar App

Existing features on iPhone and iPad:

Great for Beginners.

Over 200 chords.

If you’re not versed in Open Position Chords, then this is for you! Sometimes called Cowboy Chords, these are great intro chords to learn to play almost any song, or to strum along as you sing.

-First learn the chords!
Select the key.
You can tap the +/- to scroll through chords with that root note for the given string.

It’ll highlight the proper frets and strings, the proper fingering, as well as the location on the neck.

-Once you think you know the chords, test yourself in quiz mode!
You will be presented with a random chord and 4 choices.
You earn a point for a correct answer and lose a point for a wrong answer.

Countries Geography Quiz

Test your knowledge of geography. Great for kids and adults!

Select a region, then for each highlighted country, select the correct answer.

When done with a region, the number correct and time taken will be shown.

The high scores and times are recorded on the main page. Keep trying until you get a perfect score in the shortest time possible! Also useful as proof if used for testing students or your kids.

Also available are the US States & Capitals and the European & Asian Capitals.

Countries Geography Quiz

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World Geography – Quiz

Test your knowledge of the countries and territories of the world.

Select from North America, South America, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Oceania.

If you select the correct answer, the answer turns green, and you are awarded one point. If you select the wrong answer, the answer turns red, and the correct answer is shown in green so you can learn from your mistakes.

Each territory will randomly go through the list of countries until you have gone through them all, and can then start again.500x500bb-80-14 500x500bb-80-13

iPills – Medication Reminder

This app tries to solve the problem of not only forgetting to take your medication, but remembering that you already took is, so that you don’t accidentally take it twice.

Select the medication from the list, enter the time and how often to take it. Enter any notes like “take with food” or “round red pill” and select if you want the alarm to remind you.

You’ll get a popup alarm when it’s time to take your pill. (This is the standard popup used in the Reminders App.)

The second tab allows you to see two things. First, the next time you’ll need to take each medication. Secondly, the past history of when you took each medication. This can act as a journal so you have a record that could be shared with a health care provider if need be, but it’s also useful if you think you took the medication, but can’t quite remember. Hopefully it’ll reduce the risk of you taking the medication twice.

This app uses the built in Reminder engine, so you can also view these in the Reminder App for added flexibility.

 

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