Introducing the Random note picker

Here’s a little web app that I put together for quizzing my university students on their scales. (The music majors all have to pass a scale exam, playing randomly-selected major and minor scales.) I hope it’s useful to somebody out there:

  • Quiz students (or yourself) on scales, arpeggios, fingerings, key signatures, ii-V7-I patterns, chord voicings, or whatever. Click “Show options” to pick which notes you want to include.
  • Set “How many?” to 12, and generate 12-tone rows.
  • Set “How many?” to three or four, and generate chromatic or diatonic motives for inspiration for your compositions or improvisation practice.
  • Or whatever.

As always, feel free to contact me with bug reports, feature requests, or mockery of my humble coding skills.


2 thoughts on “Introducing the Random note picker”

  1. Auto-progress functionality is missing: image a guitar practice – both the hands are busy. Just let the user specify the interval he wants the generator to proceed from one note to another automatically(optionally of course).

  2. Thank you so much! This is exactly what I have been looking for. It would be even better if the app had audio speech that would dictate the note back to the user that way we don’t have to look up at the screen. I want to use this app as a guitar fretboard note identification exercise and not having to look up from my guitar would be optimal. Thanks again!


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