The Chord Wheel

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The best-selling book is now an iPhone App at last.

***** THE CHORD WHEEL; The Ultimate Tool for All Musicians *****

The Chord Wheel is a revolutionary device that puts the most essential and practical applications of chord theory into your hands.

This tool will help you:
UNDERSTAND CHORDS - Know the 'when, why and how' different chords work together.
IMPROVISE & SOLO - Talk about chops! Comprehend key structure like never before.
TRANSPOSE KEYS - Instantly transpose any progression to any key.
COMPOSE MUSIC - Watch your songwriting blossom! No music reading is necessary.

"I have given this information in lectures for years, but it's great to just tell people to go to your website and buy this thing. It's an amazing way to understand tonality and harmony."
- Bonnie Hayes, Songwriter “Have a Heart” and “Love Letter” from Bonnie Raitts’ multi-platinum, multi-Grammy ‘Nick of Time’

"This is the kind of device that players of any instrument can use to enhance their musical understanding. Chord and key relationships are inseparable, and learning these relationships is a must in becoming a successful musician."
- Alan Remington, Orange Coast College Music Dept.

The word of mouth from the first 100,000 customers as well as recommendations for countless teachers worldwide has made The Chord Wheel the most successful device of its kind. Countless testimonials from users (see for numerous examples) assure you that this will help you in your quest to become a better musician. This product is intended for beginners and intermediate students; if you can rattle off the chords of a ii-V7-I progression in the Key of Bb and know whether a C7 sound good in this key without thinking about it, you may not need it. For the rest of us, here is the answer.

Though it's still primarily intended for musicians, the iPhone App version allows users to depress the wheel's cells and hear the chords played back in the instrument and chord voicing selected in the 'Settings' page. The result is an entertaining song composer that allows you to play chord progressions without any musical knowledge whatsoever. For musicians, it allows your ears to hear the relationships between chords and key.

The Chord Wheel App Description & Overview

The applications The Chord Wheel was published in the category Music on 2011-07-24 and was developed by Chord Wheel. The file size is 95.65 MB. The current version is 1.1.22 and works well on 9.0 and high ios versions.

Fixed the sound issue on the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 7 devices

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The Chord Wheel Reviews


Great app  Ruiz4577  5 star

I'm so excited to see this app! For years I thought it should be easy to make an intuitive chord wheel app but couldn't find one that was easy to use and display all of the info I was looking for. The only thing it's missing is the note numbers in the scale. A lot of chord wheels online show a small Roman numeral to represent the chord number under the letter. That addition would make this a 5 star app. Edit: Go through the tutorial. You can zoom into the key signature


Please Enable Rotate to Portrait Mode  Hopewellcoffin  4 star

I bought the book and will find the app useful as well. I’m happy that the issue with the sound has been fixed but would like to be able to use the app in portrait mode. Landscape feels clunky and using the app in portrait wouldn’t mean the wheel is obstructed in any way. It’s just a circle. But the device you’re using would be more comfortable in hand.


Great reference tool. Sound is touchy  davidmccully  3 star

The chord wheel concept is an invaluable reference for composing. The app currently does everything the paper version will do for half the cost. Unfortunately, the extra sound function, which would be really cool, only works if you just barely touch the screen. I mean like barely touch it, almost so that you don't feel the screen. If you tap as you would the keyboard on your phone it will never play. This makes it impractical to use so it may just as well not work as other users have said. It would be an awesome feature to be able to find the key and chords for a song idea just by tapping your phone. Like have a piano or acoustic guitar in your pocket. Please fix the sound guys, if the sound worked right, i'd pay double.


No Sound - but still useful for transposition  JSLsurf  2 star

I loved this app when I first got it. But now The sound does not work on my iPhone 6, and it appears the app and the website are no longer being updated. But the wheel still turns, so it's still useful for transposition and, to a lesser extent composing. You just can't use it to listen to chord combinations. It's kind of like the app has been reduced to an iBook.


Like the app. Problems with iOS 8  KHaz_MHz  1 star

The app's audio quit working upon updating to iOS 8. An update to fix this issue would be great. A year later and now on iOS 9.3.2 and an iPhone 6s+ as well as an iPad mini 2 it still does not work and no updates. I used to enjoy this app for trying out chord changes. Come on guys, it should be a minor thing to fix. Other apps can play audio...


Ugly and disappointingo  FelixAloysius  2 star

I have the book in front of me. I paid $7.39 for it on Amazon, including shipping. This app is not the book. The menu is crude, the tutorial is far more brief than the book and none of the images are scaled for my ipad air2 resolution, resulting in very pixelated background and menus. The menu icons are ever present and there's some silly option for a zoom 1x or 2x which doesn't zoom at all - but zooms out to an even smaller resolution. The options don't save and the sound clips for many of the chords have pops and clicks. I would not recommend this app to anyone who is unfamiliar with the book. This was a simple thing, shame it got botched.

DJ James M

Works great.  DJ James M  5 star

Great tool for songwriters and producers. I had the book for years and this is a million times better. Not sure what all the moaning is about from the other reviewers.

Izzy Guerra

HORRIBLE! Does ***NOT WORK***!!!  Izzy Guerra  1 star

Well, I'll be the first to say that this is "seemingly" a perfect tool for what it describes to do, HOWEVER, why put something out on the market for SALE and collect people's money for an application that is incompatible or useless ? I would love to get a refund for this, but even after reaching out to the developers, there is unfortunately a lack of product support. Perhaps they have some ironing to do with the coding or programming left to do, who knows. But my advice, save your money and DO NOT BUY this useless application. One star because the idea was nice, but I guess if you'd buy a pretty car with a non-functional engine with the intent to travel--- good luck, God speed! Hopefully they care enough about their customers to address this ongoing issue.

MarcusAurelius 1234

No sound on 6s. PLEASE FIX!  MarcusAurelius 1234  1 star

This is a $7 dollar app and a total waste of my money if the sound doesn't work. I will certainly come back and enter a 5 star review if fixed, as I am sure I will use it religiously. I already bought the book and use it all of the time. Thanks guys. Please fix asap.


Great app. When it works.  JackNeymeiyer  2 star

The last version was fine, but now i get no sound with my 6s running os9.2.1


poor support  rodntod  1 star

app works as stated. have tried for months to contact support with no reply.


could be better...  mistakem  2 star

the principle of the chord wheel is great, though this app doesn't do a whole lot. why not highlight the notes when a chord is pressed? add midi output and this app would be amazing...

Babbage nine

Nice  Babbage nine  5 star

Perfect, just what I needed. Great job!


Great App!  Ukeduke  3 star

Just what I wanted; the original chord wheel. It even plays the chords when you tap them, which is nice. It does not, however, show the chord. Perhaps that should be the next upgrade. I don't like switching between chord wheel and guitar chord apps with every chord I play. Thia is a great app though. Maybe it's a little expensive.

2 Know Me

Fantastic!  2 Know Me  5 star

The real deal. This is the ORIGINAL! "Chord Wheel" finally brought to the iPhone. I've been using the original printed version of The Chord Wheel (published by Hal Leonard) for over three years, and this app version is even better! The guitar and piano chord voicings make it even more useful for noodling out pleasing new chord progressions for new songs. I'm using it on my iPad2 (with 2x scaling) and it works great, looks great! As a guitar-and-voice songwriter with absolutely no music theory background, I'd pretty much given up on myself ever learning music theory in this lifetime. Amazingly, The Chord Wheel is releasing me from the constraints of that limitation and making sense of it, as I noodle around creatively experimenting with new chord progressions for new songs. Unlike GarageBand, where I'm sometimes limited to a constrained subset of chords, Chord Wheel offers the full range of chords, they are all available, but there's a mapping that shows me what's going to work well together and why. Great app! Helps you bust out of your old habits and discover new musical combinations and progressions. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! A great creativity tool for any songwriter or musician!










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