Waay: Learn music theory by Ten Kettles Inc. (Universal)
Released: Aug 6, 2015
Version: 3.0.1
Size: 147 MB
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Waay: Learn music theory

Ten Kettles Inc.
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Music theory can be empowering, exciting, and one of the biggest tools in your creative arsenal. Whether you already play an instrument or are just learning, Waay teaches you how to bring together notes into melodies, chords, progressions, and even songs. This is applied music theory—stuff you can take straight to your instrument and use.


"Absolutely phenomenal. This is better than any YouTube video, podcast, or music theory book I have read. This truly helps you find an actionable way to put music theory to practice. Within 48 hours using this app I have actually comprehended what is being taught with this app far beyond any previous comprehension for past products. Honestly they could charge more than double the amount and it would be totally worth it." —Artice, May 3, 2022

"It's obvious a lot of time, love and energy has gone into this app. It's very well thought out, easy to follow and keeps you coming back for more. The developer is super friendly and answers any questions you have. It's clear he has a real passion for what he does and genuinely wants to help out. Awesome work all round" —thatboyswiss, Jan. 8, 2019

"The app is very smooth, and a great resource for learning more about music theory. I found the scale exercises to be very helpful, and I suspect I'll go back to them as a way of keeping those skills sharp." —Sean Garland (iOS MARS)

"I have probably spent thousands of dollars perfecting tone on pedals, instruments, amps and apps, posters, printed media, online courses. The BEST PURCHASE has been your Waay app." —A.P., Apr. 1, 2020


You're writing a song, but keep getting stuck. What chords sound good together? What melody fits those chords? Waay helps you master these skills with its interactive exercises, bite-sized video lessons, musical examples, and progress-tracking tools. The Practice Space recommends a great time to practice each of your new skills too. Plus there's no Internet connection required! Perfect for your subway commutes and plane adventures.

Here’s what you’ll learn in each course:

Course 1: Melodies
• 8 video lessons, 9 interactive exercises
• Notes and steps: What are the 12 notes in music and how do we talk about them?
• Intervals: Steps, half-steps, and moving between notes
• Keys: Learn what notes sound good together and hear audio examples
• Scale building: Build major and minor scales from scratch
• Songwriting: How do we use theory to write music?
• Circle of fifths: The super-fast way to build scales… and more
• Melodies: Apply music theory to writing melodies

Course 2: Chords
• 8 video lessons, 11 interactive exercises
• Chord foundations: Thirds and fifths—the building blocks of chords
• Building chords: Build major, minor, or diminished chords with just two intervals
• Songwriting: We write a song melody-first and then add just the right chords
• Magic formula: How do we know what chords sound good together?
• Chords in major & minor keys: Find the right chords for your key
Also included:
• Relative major: The special relationship between major and minor scales
• Fast minor scales: Take your scale skills to the next level

Courses 3 & 4: Progressions
• 10 video lessons, 30 interactive exercises
• Formula fluency: The fundamental relationship between keys and chords
• Key identification: Identify the key of a chord progression with six speedy tricks
• Shortlisting: Find chords to fit your chord progressions
• Musical judgement: Decide which chords *you* like best in your progressions
• ii V: Why is the ii V progression so important anyways?
• Choosing accidentals: Is it a sharp or flat? Learn that here

The Practice Space and first seven videos/exercises come free. Access all content through a one-time purchase or a subscription. Get in touch at alex[at]tenkettles[dot]com if you have any questions—happy to help! -Alex

NOTE: Syncing across multiple devices is not currently supported
TERMS OF USE: https://www.apple.com/legal/internet-services/itunes/dev/stdeula/

What's new in version 3.0.1
Practice Space! Skill Freshness! Recommendations! There's so much to this new release. Jump into the new Welcome video to see how it all works. Then you'll be ready to dive into *all* the new features:

* The Practice Space: A place to hone—and retain—all the new skills you'll be learning.
* Freshness: Waay now uses an amazing feature of the human memory to suggest optimal times to practice each exercise. Each exercise will stay "fresh" for longer and longer the more you practice it.
* Recommendations: Tap the Practice button (in the top right) to jump to the next recommended exercise.
* Corrections Exercises: Got a few answers wrong? No problem! Strengthen those weak points with the new corrections exercises.
* Untimed Exercises: Start building your skills at your own pace with a new timer toggle button in the Practice Space.
* And more: Larger tap area on exercise buttons, headphone control support, new exercise completion awards, more time for the Formula Chords exercise (Thanks, Ben!), and lots of other tweaks too.

Your feedback helped shape this new release, as it will shape future releases too. So let me know what you think! Get it touch with any questions, comments, or feedback by tapping "Send me a note" in the sidebar. -Alex

P.S., All users who purchased Waay prior to this release are automatically upgraded to a Legacy account. That means you keep access to all the content you had before, but you also get all the new features too. Any issues with the upgrade? Get in touch by tapping "Send me a note" in the sidebar—happy to help.
Our verdict: Great!
  • + Waay: Learn music theory is a highly rated app (5-star).
  • + The app is currently free, instead of its regular price of $9.99.
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