The ultimate chords app?
RealChords is a new guitar app that, we’re told, unlocks a “treasure trove of chords and arrangements to turbo-charge guitar players’ development”. Conceived and developed by Australian guitarist Rob Grenville, it is designed for players of all levels and abilities. It uses an innovative ‘slide rule’ feature to explain chord structure.
Grenville hatched the basic idea for the app around 30 years ago: “I decided to play professionally,” he said, “but I had a lot to learn and I needed to learn it fast. I made a slide-ruler for guitar chords out of cardboard and clear plastic sheets, with all the notes marked in colour. It fast-tracked my playing and always struck a chord with my students. When I got my first iPad I realised it was the perfect platform for the concept”.
The App has many features including: a ‘swipe to change key’ function, linking all chords in all keys; a ‘display all notes’ feature providing context at a glance; 52 types of chords; the ability to see all chords in the context of the total scheme for each chord; the ability to save all possible chord shapes, and more.
RealChords is available for iPad ($4.99) and iPhone ($1.99). So check ‘em out at the App Store!