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Mapping Tonal Harmony Pro

Play-along w/Harmonic Analysis

  • iPad, iPhone
  • Paid
  • age 12+

About Mapping Tonal Harmony Pro

The application Mapping Tonal Harmony Pro is ideal for performers and musicians to practice and perform improvisations. It utilizes a wide array of simple and complex chords, chord structures and harmonic analysis to develop chord patterns and reharmonization, in order for the performer to rehearse and perform alongside these chords. It provides the ability to print and collaborate with others, which is crucial as a jazz musician for many people.  A very complex and interesting app! 

Teacher Review

When the app first opens, it takes you to a home screen which immediately gives you the options to read through the manual, go through tutorials and lessons, look at the harmonic maps, scores, or just get practicing and playing along. The manual is really helpful, has lots of visual images and good explanations. It takes you out of the app and onto a website, so you would need the internet. It would be good perhaps if this was a pdf that came with the app and would open up in iBooks so it can be viewed without the need of the internet.  
The tutorials and lessons are fantastic. These are so detailed and complex, and give you the option to select from many different tutorials and lessons. These are all on YouTube. This is really helpful as it minimizes the amount of space the app requires; however, it does mean that the app needs the internet again. It could be helpful to keep all of these on YouTube, but then to also have an internal tutorial on the app itself, to help people work their way through the app. Nevertheless, the tutorials are excellent and so helpful.  
Once you feel comfortable that you know what you are doing, you can then select the map or the map and score, to look into the harmonic analysis, potential pathways and reharmonization techniques, and listen to the chords themselves through the map. With all of this understanding of the different maps and symbolism throughout, you can then develop your own harmonies and modulations, to prepare for performance.  
Once ready with your harmonic progressions you have selected, you can then play along. This comes with so many different choices; looking at jazz or classical harmony, studying bass lines and chord inversions, all classical concepts and jazz concepts. Once you have chosen how you would like your piece set-up, you can then play along at your speed, to practice your performance skills and improvisations. This really comes into its own for jazz performers, but that doesn’t take away from the opportunity for classical performers and the understanding of the theory of harmonic analysis too.   
The audio is clear and excellent, and the opportunity to then download a range of different songs is really helpful. The tracks also export as XML which means you can then print your own songbooks, or open this onto other music notation softwares which could help composers to further orchestrate their ideas.  
The app loads very quickly, which is pretty amazing, given the depth and complexity of the app and what it can provide a musician. The only drawback I feel, is its target audience. This is ideal for a performer who already has a fairly solid understanding of chord progressions, some notation, but particularly chord notation. For any student who is less au-fait with harmonic analysis, they would feel lost at the concept of the maps quite early on. This is where I might suggest that you can have an earlier menu (or even an earlier app) that develops the harmonic understanding and the theory underpinning this, so that many music students can move for-ward from this to enjoy this wonderful app. 
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App Details

Teacher Ratings


iPad, iPhone



Cognitive Development
Critical Thinking
Communication Skills
Engagement and Usability
Collaboration Skills
Creative Development
Academic Relevance
Thinking & Reasoning


In-App Purchases - No

In-App Advertising - No



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Publisher's Description

Mapping Tonal Harmony Pro is the most INNOVATIVE and EXTENSIVE music tool for musicians out there. This app is invaluable for students of all levels, as well as professional performers, composers, arrangers, and teachers. There are plenty video tutorials and an online manual accessible within the app.

Play-along, Practice Improvisation. Reahrmonize any song with the tap of a button. Create 12-keys workouts to practice.
Print Scores with Full Harmonic Analysis, or just as the chord changes or Export as MIDI

Play-along in different styles with the option to personalize chord voicings, styles including several piano comping, bass lines and rhythm variations to choose from. The only play-along that uses functions and chord-chordscales pairings to create the accompaniment track.
Map templates with different styles from Jazz to Traditional Harmony and Contemporary Harmony.

The app comes loaded with jazz workouts, jazz harmony, traditional harmony and jazz standard progressions.
Also available on ready to import into the app: 1000+ Jazz Standards Progressions, 1000+ Jazz Standards Reharmonized and The complete Bird Bebop Progressions. All fully analyzed by savvy musicians with tons of experience.

Study Tonal Harmony like never before! Learn all functions and cadences in all keys.
Write your own music using a map that reveals the secrets of tonality.
Use it as a Fake Book on your gig or Practice Improvisation on Jazz Standards and Jazz Workouts.

You can do all this and much more with Mapping Tonal Harmony Pro. You will not find anything like this on the market today.
This app is a no-brainer for musicians and music teachers.

Some reviews of Mapping Tonal Harmony Pro:
"...This app wins our strongest recommendation for an app so far." - Berklee Groove
" app that blew my mind." NoteTreble
"If only Brian Wilson had this music app when he ..." - FeedmyApp
"I've been looking for a harmony/chords/tonal app that is functional, deep enough, and with a great interface. Well, I'm not looking any further. This app just blew me away... " - KVR
" App I’d never teach high school (or college) music theory without!"
"An innovation beneficial to students, teachers, and composers alike..." - NoBrainerAppReviews

So, what can you do in Mapping Tonal Harmony Pro?
• Create Harmonic Progressions and Songs.
• Load Chord Progressions, Songs & Jazz Standards.
• Study Harmony from the Beginning, to the most Advanced concepts used by Bach, Beethoven, Bill Evans and John Coltrane.
• Practice Ear Training and Learn Functions in every Key
• Practice Improvisation using it as a Play Along
• Study Jazz Standards
• Study Classical Pieces
• Learn Classical Functional Notation
• Learn Jazz Functional Notation and Arrows and Brackets Analysis
• Learn Voicings & Voice Leading
• Study Modulations: Common Tone, Common Chord & Direct
• Learn ALL harmonic functions and cadences in ALL Keys in Major and Minor
• Study Bass-lines and Chord Inversions, and how to notate them in different styles
• Chord-Scales for every function
• Learn classical concepts such as the Neapolitan 6, the German augmented six, secondary dominants, etc
• Learn jazz concepts such as the SubV7, the related IIm7, the passing half diminished, etc
• Create and Print Scores & Workout Sheets in any key, notated as Chord Progression and/or Functionally
• Transpose the Map to fit your instrument’s transposition
• Balance voices independently and concentrate in the study of Bass-Lines, Inner-Lines and any other combinations
• Work in THREE different modes: Browse Mode, Progression Mode, Audio Mode
• Create Progressions using Song Structure with Section, Repeats, Intros, First Endings and Exits
• Teach your Harmony Class with ease using your favorite audio tracks, performers and composers
• HUNDREDS OF PRE-LODADED progressions with standard cadences, jazz workouts, jazz standard, pop/commercial progressions, turn-arounds and audio examples.

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