We are all familiar with the phrase “there’s an app for that”. That statement is definitely true as we are living in the digital age. There are tons of applications available for Apple products, Windows phones as well as Droids that pertain to practicing with your instrument. This can be extremely helpful in learning to play an instrument or sing. They are particularly helpful for busy families who are always on the go. Instead of lugging around tons of equipment you can simply carry them all in your “cloud”. In this week’s blog we wanted to give you some information about the apps that we have found to be the most beneficial.
One of the most difficult parts for beginner guitarists is training your ear to identify one chord from another. This is true for most string instruments. Fear not as “GuitarTuna” has come up with an incredibly useful app to help you clarify exactly what sound your instrument is making and what should be making. It is applicable to Guitar, Bass, mandolin, ukulele, banjo and other string instruments, and contains the most popular alternative tunings as well as left handed/inverted tuning. This app is much more than just a tuning aid! It is easy to use for musicians of all ages. Designed by guitarists, this app features and “automode” for hands free tuning. It also has listening mode that blocks out background noise and will give direct feedback on whether you are hitting the correct notes or not. Not to mention the free games and practice modes! This is basically your one stop shop for all your tuning needs. The best part, its totally free!
The metronome; another necessary tool for all musicians is small and easy to transport however can easily be left behind because they are just that, small. Did you know there is also a free Metronome app! MarketWall.com has put together a lovely application for your time keeping needs! This app doesn’t feature as many bonuses as “GuitarTuna” but it definitely does the job it designed to do well and has received many positives reviews from musicians of varying skill levels.
Vocalists! We have not forgotten about you. Your instrument is your voice and you need to take care of it. The easiest way to keep you voice healthy is to warm up! You wouldn’t drive your car in the winter without letting it warm up so why would you out that kind of strain on your vocal chords? SpartanApps has designed a state of the art tool titled “Vocal Warm Up by Musicopoulos. All though this app is not free, it is definitely worth $3.99. This app has been referred to as a “pocket vocal coach”. It provides a highly individual experience, as YOU get to select and update your vocal range while you grow as a singer. This app features a huge selection of good old-fashioned vocal exercises to help you get ready for any every singing session.