Piano Chords OS X widget

Posted on April 2, 2006, under general, music.

A long long time ago, when Netscape 2 was cutting edge, before AJAX, before IE won the browser wars and while many people still called Javascript “livescript”, I wrote a ridiculously complex Javascript implementation of a piano tutor, called “Virtual Piano Chords”. For something that I last touched in 1998, it’s kind of amazing that it still works in any browser I try these days. A google search for Virtual Piano Chords shows a load of websites still using it, one of the more faithful examples is here.

The code isn’t great (it would have been a lot better if switch statements and enums had of worked), but the music theory is pretty solid, and since I was studying music theory at the time, it was a great help for exploring new chords, enharmonics, scales and (my favourite) modes. And now, 8 years later, Alexander Griekspoor has created an OS X widget based on the work. Cool!

The PianoChord widget, true to OS X form, looks great and it’s got all of the Chord shapes. From experience these apps can be very useful for exploring inversions and trying to put a slightly different spin on an accompaniment or harmony piece.

6 Replies to "Piano Chords OS X widget"

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loach  on May 13, 2006

I have searched hours upon hours for a download of this script.Is there anyway it’s still available?I would like to use it on a website I am currently developing for non-commercial use.I will give full credit to the author.Thank-you.
Loach

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stefiop  on May 24, 2006

Very enjoyable nice little great piece of work ! Now, using the keyboard to select the root, is there a way to have Piano Chords playing the chord only once ? Thanks, SI

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David Seagal  on April 24, 2007

Hi Colm,

I am interested in using your Virtual Piano Chords on my website for my viewer’s benefit.

Please let me if I can use it and how I can install it.

Thanks a lot.

Regards,
David Seagal

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David Seagal  on April 24, 2007

Colm,

Sorry, just saw a typo on my email as I was typing to you.

Correct email address is instantpiano@email.com

Thank you,
David Seagal

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Lloyd  on January 15, 2008

I wanted to know if your “Virtual Piano Chords” script is still available. I’m teaching myself to play. Thanks!

Lloyd

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Ravenhood  on December 22, 2008

Hi,

I’m very interested in using your ‘Virtual Piano Chords’ script on my website.

It’s a non-commercial website.

Please let me know if I can use it.

Regards
Morten Ravn

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