Award-Winning Chromatics Playing Cards Now Available on iTunes

Knowledge of Music creates two versions to offer easy aids in learning music scales and quickly and comprehensively.

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Knowledge of Music now offers TWO iPhone/iPad apps featuring its Chromatics Music Playing Cards: a new twist on classic card games to reinforce your knowledge of music!

Designed to encourage solo play of three variations of solitaire: Klondike Solitaire Chromatics, Klondike Solitaire In-Key and Making Sevenths, Version One is FREE (Klondike Solitaire Chromatics edition is full-featured and the other two games are in a limited-play mode). The second one retails for $5.99 on the iTunes App Store (offers all three games in full-featured unlimited play modes). Play games like "Solitaire," "Solitaire In-Key," and "Build Seventh Chords" to increase your knowledge of music.

See why over 10,000 satisfied music teachers and students use Chromatics Music Playing Cards and their favorite tool for teaching and learning their scales and chords! Click here to get the app!

How the App Works: As each of these three games is played, the root tone card selected for a scale or chord defines the play of the game. The cards are illustrated such that any of the cards can be "double tapped" and the card is enlarged so the player can see the cheat sheet illustrating the spelling of the chord and scale for that tone. A "single tap" of any card will flip the card so that especially appropriate for enharmonic tones such as G#/Ab, the card can be flipped to represent G sharp or A flat depending on which is most appropriate for the particular scale or chord being spelled.

A tap of the table-top will reveal either the chromatic scale or the particular tone card for the key of which the game is being played.

About the Cards: A deck of Chromatics consists of four octaves of the chromatics scale of music, one octave for each suit. In most games, the card rankings are defined by the chromatic scale with the A tone card conveniently filling a role as the starting tone similar to an Ace in a traditional deck of cards. Using the A tone as the start of the sequence, the G#/Ab tone ends up as the high tone somewhat similar to a King in a traditional deck of cards. These two observations are only relevant to offer an understanding of the sequence and rank of the tone cards themselves. Other than that, there is no other reference or meaning in Chromatics as defined by a traditional deck of cards.

As card players play games with a deck of Chromatics, each player will see that on the face of each tone card is the spelling of the scale and chord for that particular tone. The scales are illustrated from the root through the 9th tone in that scale. The chord for each tone is also illustrated through the ninth tone.

The black suits are constructed and illustrated using Major scales and chords while the red suites illustrate minor scales and chords.

Read more about Knowledge of Music's app and the Chromatics Music Playing Cards at

About Knowledge of Music Knowledge of Music (KOM) was founded by Mark A Sanderson - an aspiring musician and marketing professionalwith one purpose in mind: to offer an alternative for the process of learning to play a musical instrument. With that in mind, KOM created the Chromatics Music Playing Cards as an alternative technique to help a music student to learn scales and chords even when away from an instrument. Knowledge of Music playing cards and card games appeal to: Aspiring Musicians, Music Teachers and Students, Instrument Hobbyists and Homeschoolers. The cards received two awards, "Cool Tools for Schools" and "Best in Show," from the NAMM University at the 2011 NAMM Show.

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    It's really not that hard to learn the notes of a scale. It's actually less information than memorizing someone's phone number.