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SmartScales includes specially-composed backing tracks in a broad-range of styles; from Tangos and Ragas, right the way through to Blues and Hip-Hop. This gives the student context for their scales, allowing them to hear how they 'should' sound. 

SmartScales has an intuitive user interface with a musical score that scrolls as the audio is played.  The playback speed can be adjusted over a wide range, starting from as low as half the recommended ABRSM exam tempo, so students can practice slowly at first, and gradually increase the tempo as their skills improve.

SmartScales is currently available on all iOS devices for all string instruments. An iPhone version and support for more instruments will be in the coming months.  The app is free to download, with graded exercises packs available as in-app purchases. Free demo content allows you to try exercises in each grade before buying. 

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Greater Heights Media was founded in 2015 by musician Rob Lewis, and software developers Zen Ho and Gerry Beauregard. Rob is a cellist, composer, and teacher, who’s worked with a large variety of orchestras and high-profile artists. Zen is founder of Frozen Ape and author of Tempo, the top iOS metronome app. Gerry is author of AudioStretch, an incredible iOS audio time-stretching app.

Rob Lewis
Gerry Beauregard
Developer/Audio Engineer
Zen Ho


SmartScales featured as ‘Best New App’ on the App Store

We’re delighted to share that SmartScales has been featured by Apple as the ‘Best New App’ in the music section of the US App Store.  This is obviously a fantastic privilege and we look forward to many more musicians around the globe enjoying practicing their scales!

SmartScales now available for all iOS devices

We’re delighted to announce that SmartScales is now available for all iOS devices – iPhone, iPad, and iPod.  We hope this means more people will be able to enjoy the app and learn to love practising their scales!  Take a look for free right here

Developer Diary – Adapting SmartScales for the iPhone (Part III)

In the 3rd and last part of this series, we discuss the process of redesigning the exercise view for phone screens. This proved to be the biggest challenge because of the density of the controls, and the need to fit so many of them not just on the larger screens of the latest iPhones, but Keep Reading

Developer Diary – Adapting SmartScales for the iPhone (Part II)

    As we adapt the exercise selection views for the iPhone, we used a few more tools and tricks other than Auto Layout. Size Classes group screens based on the amount of horizontal and vertical space available. This allows us to set different font sizes to be used within the storyboard, rather than having to do so Keep Reading

The Story Behind SmartScales

Rob Lewis, co-founder of SmartScales When I was young I hated learning my scales. I took grade exams and it was the part that I least looked forward to. I could practice the pieces all day. It was easier, there was a melody to follow, an accompaniment that put it in perspective and a sense Keep Reading