Scales are at the center of much of what we are practicing on our instruments. Most of us start out with a one-octave major scale and then slowly graduate to more octaves, scale types and different scale patterns. And there is a lot of ground to cover especially for those playing a string instrument. That is because there are so many different fingerings. In any case it is always good to have a great reference handy. ScaleMaster to the rescue :]
Of course we don't just want to look up the location of those notes, but want to incorporate things into our practice schedule. That is where ScaleMaster documents come in. So if a guitar player is interested in an Ab Mixolydian scale in 5th position, she can quickly create a new document for it, save it and even send it to her friend. Not only that, she can record her own exercise right into this document like for example a two-octave scale in thirds. Playing back the recording ScaleMaster highlights the fingering and even let her adjust the speed.
What makes ScaleMaster really stand out is of course its fantastic support of music notation including double sharps or flats and indication of halftone (semitone) steps. Other things ScaleMaster can do include changing the clef and adjusting the tuning of string instruments. There are 128 instrument sounds built-in and virtual MIDI is supported, so compatible installed synth apps can be used as well. Since ScaleMaster is a universal app and supports iPhone as well as iPad it is truly portable. It also supports Family Sharing and nine instruments as of this writing.
Now that we have an idea of what ScaleMaster is all about, let's go ahead and take a look at some of the specifics. We'll begin with the basic layout of the app, then move to scales, instruments and more.
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