Tools for musical arrangement

This article lists various on-line which may be useful for less-skilled musicians who are transposing or arranging music or preparing lead sheets.

Please leave a message in the Comments box near the bottom of the page if there are other tools which could be listed here.


This website shows common progressions, in your choice of key.

Chord Transposer

A simple-to-use on-line tool for transposing guitar chords from one key to another:   just enter your chords, and choose the starting and ending chords.

Musical Scales and Chords

This is a website includes chord name lookup, chord finder, scale finder, etc.


This is a tool originally produced by music publishers Stainer & Bell and now by the Fred Pratt Green trust.  It includes

  • Full-text search across hymn words, phrases, dates and names.
  • A search function to identify hymn tunes from their first few notes. This is is effectively an on-line index-of-tunes: you enter a series of notes, ii calculates the enharmonic intervals and suggests hymn tunes which match the pattern, irrespective of key or time values. Backed by a database of 400+ hymnals.
This is a commercial product, available only in the UK and Republic of Ireland.   It is linked to (but separate from) CCLI and Calamus church copyright licenses.

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