Tessitura Pro update – sophisticated music theory app for iOS gets guitar-friendly

Download from iTunes App Storetessitura-pro-logo-1There are a good number of iOS music apps that could broadly fall into the ‘utility‘ category and I recently reviewed the relatively new app from Ariel Ramos’ mDecks Music development team – Tessitura Pro – which definitely falls into this category. Tessitua Pro offers a comprehensive environment within which to study and practice almost any aspect of scales and scale modes (and associated chords).

This is perhaps an app more aimed at the serious music student rather than someone looking for a ‘Music Theory 101’ course to dip a first toe into, but if you are a more technical musician, and particularly if you love the harmonic complexities of styles such as jazz, then I suspect Tessitura Pro would have an obvious appeal. That said, it covers the full range of scale types…. so if you are a guitar-playing pentatonic fan (that’s perhaps more me then!), there is still plenty to learn here if you wish. At a practical level, the app requires iOS9.0 or later, is universal in nature and is a 10MB download. It is currently priced at just UK£4.49/US$5.99.

Tessitura Pro - a whole encyclopaedia of music theory is a single app.

Tessitura Pro – a whole encyclopaedia of music theory is a single app.

Anyway, the app has had regular updates since it was first launched adding a steady stream of refinements and small additions. A further update appeared yesterday – taking the app to v.2.0.2 – and this actually delivers two somewhat more substantial additions. First, there is now a guitar fretboard display option; if you are primarily a guitarist, then this will make the app’s display of the scales and modes a much more accessible platform.

You now get the option for a guitar fretboard display as well as the original piano keyboard display.

You now get the option for a guitar fretboard display as well as the original piano keyboard display.

Second, the app now includes the option for MIDI out, with your scale/note pattern being sent on MIDI channel 1 and a metronome count-off being sent on MIDI channel 10. If you want to use an external sound source (such as another iOS music app) to play back your various scales and exercise before/while you practice them on your instrument, then you can now do so. I have to admit that that I could quite get my head around how to make this work….  the MIDI option is there in the main Settings page but I could get another app to ‘see’ the MIDI out offered by Tessitura Pro….  Hopefully, Ariel will drop by and tell me what I’m missing :-)

The Settings page now includes a IDI out switch.....

The Settings page now includes a IDI out switch located top-right…..

I’m sure Tessitura Pro might not be an app for every iOS musician. However, I can see it being incredibly useful for both serious music students and for music teachers. Even if your musical needs don’t stretch to the outer reaches of harmonically complex jazz or modal prog rock, the app would still have something useful to offer…. but you do need to have a desire to learn in order to capitalise upon the very clever – and musically comprehensive – design that mDecks Music have created here. Tessitura Pro is a whole encyclopaedia of learning in an interactive app that will fit in your pocket. Check out the original full Tessitura Pro review to find out more…..

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