Chords Compass
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Find the chords on Piano, Guitar, Ukulele and more!

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Are you interested in playing more than one instrument? Or just need help finding the right chords for the music you play on one? Either way, Chords Compass got you covered! It puts piano, guitar, bass guitar, mandolin, banjo and balalaika at your fingertips, with the full range of chords and authentic sound for each instrument!

If you play one (or more) of the string instruments, you can choose your favorite tuning option and whether you want to see the chords for right-handed or left-handed players.

To select an instrument, tap on the picture of that instrument in the app window. Next, select a chord. You select your desired key and type of chord,, and Chords Compass will show you what this chord looks like as music notes (for piano) or chord diagrams (for string instruments), and also how to find this chord on your instrument’s fret board or keyboard, if you are playing piano. Play your chord by tapping the Play button.

For string instruments, you can change the position of your chord on the fret board, and the app will show you how many chords of your selected key and type are available in this new position, as well as their chord diagrams.

For piano, tap the inversion buttons on the bottom of the app window to invert your chord.

Switching instruments is really easy with this app. Just tap the picture of a new instrument, and try it out! All the instruments in the app are interconnected, which allows you to play the same chords on the new instrument.
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Hello and welcome to the newest update of Chords Compass! The newest version of this app allows you to transfer your chords to GarageBand, or save them in TextEdit and Finder!
First, open the GarageBand and the Chords Compass app. In Chords Compass settings, under Drag&Drop, choose “MIDI”, to convert your chords into MIDI files. Choose your instrument both in Chords Compass and Garage band, then choose your chords and simply Drag&Drop them to GarageBand. Play them! If you want to save them for later, click Save and name your project.
Now, if you want to save your chords in TextEdit, open TextEdit, click “New Document”, then choose your instrument in Chords Compass, and Drag&Drop your chords into the document. You can play your chords here. If you want, add a note, and then save the document.
You can also save your chords in Finder as MIDI files, but you won’t be able to play them there. To save your chords here, open Finder, Click New Folder, name it, and drag your chords to the new folder. Name each chord, then save the files. Done!
Enjoy the new options of the Chords Compass app!

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  1. Shon Stutes

    I am interested in purchasing your chords compass application, I have a question..
    is it possible to adjust the reference pitch used in the app? if not, can you add this
    ability? i would like to be able to manually set it.. for example change it from A=440
    to perhaps A=415, Baroque tuning, etc.


    • No. The different pitches are available only in our tuner apps:
      In our opinion the pitches make no sense the the chord apps.
      That is why your request is interesting for us. Please, let us know for what purpose you need it.
      May be change our mind.
      Thank you

  2. Pete

    Your Chords Compass is a great app, but would be even better if it exported the MIDI files with each file named according to the chord it contains, instead of naming every chord as ‘Chord.mid’. For example, it would then be possible to identify each chord dropped into a GarageBand track if each was automatically individually named according to its chord. Currently, each chord’s name appears in its icon while being dragged into GarageBand or into a Folder….. but the file name always changes to Chord.mid when its export is complete. Please can you include naming of MIDI files in your next update?

    • Dear Pete,
      thank you for this great idea. We’ll think about it.

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