Mapping Tonal Harmony Pro iPad Review

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Music based apps are available in their hundreds in the iPad, with just about every area of music covered on Apple’s big screened device. Of course, piano and keyboard apps are there in their dozens, but there are virtual recording studios, and many, many more.

There is, however, an area where iOS is distinctly lacking: the teaching of music theory. Mapping Tonal Harmony is concerned with one particular aspect of music theory: harmony.

Here, in the words of the developers, is a full explanation of the app and its features:

Mapping Tonal Harmony Pro has been envisioned as auxiliary material in the study of Tonal Harmony. The main objective of this app is to provide the student, teachers, composers and/or songwriters with a tool that will aid them in hearing, analyzing, foreseeing and composing harmonic progressions without struggle, in all keys alike.

The map has seven levels of complexity, from the basic diatonic neighborhood advanced secondary functions in major and minor modes and is viewable in all 12 keys and enharmonic spellings, plus a functional view (relative to the tonic). Each level is also accompanied by its respective workbook available at for further study and research.

Mode Selector:
Browse Mode – Tap the chords on the map, listen and view the respective function, most-often-used mode/scale.
Play Mode – Select, load and listen to standard progressions & cadences while viewing them play in the map
Rec Mode – Create your own progressions and save them for future study or reference.
Audio Mode Demo – Load and listen to pieces in the public domain while viewing them in the map.
Help Mode – An interactive help mode on how to use the app.

Map Levels:
1) Basic Diatonic functions
2) IIIm and Deceptive Cadences
3) SubV7 and Neapolitan sixth (N6)
4) Secondary Dominants
5) Blues and other modes
6) Advanced Secondary Dominants
7) Complete Map with all functions

Chord Info Panel:
Tap on the chords in the map and view info about their function, mode scale, etc.

Cadences and Alternative Cadences Paths:
Activate the cadences paths to make most common paths between functions.

Enharmonics and Keyboard:
Modulate to any key and view the progressions in the selected key or functionally. Select enharmonic spellings using sharps or flats. Transpose any progression to any key by tapping on the keyboard.

Staff Panel:
View the current progression in the staff panel in standard chord notation instantaneously transposed to the selected key or functionally. In play mode you can tap on the chords in the staff to play it and find it on the map. In rec mode double tap to delete the chord or tap an empty spot to insert a chord by tapping them on the map.

The app makes great use of the iPad’s big screen, with clean and clear indicators of what you need to do. It is a great tool, and one that I am sure will be pretty much essential to music students and enthusiasts alike. With an attractive front end and well laid out menus, a lot of thought has gone into making this into this as easy to use as it is useful.

Overall, this is a great app for music students that is well worth the asking price.

Mapping Tonal Harmony Pro - Ariel Ramos


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Simon Burns is the editor and founder of VoxelArcade and The Smartphone App Review. He has been a fan of technology for over twenty five years and loves playing with gadgets and spending time with his family. You can get in touch with him via the ‘contact us’ section of the site or on Twitter by following @smartappreview

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