July 29, 2016 at 12:55 am #17344
I thought I would share what apps I use to help with my violin, as well as music theory and musicianship. I have an android phone, so I’ve provided links to them in the Google Play Store. If there are versions for iPhone, I’ve also provided links for them in iTunes. For apps that are not for both devices, if anyone can find something similar for iPhone, please share! Are there any apps you use that you think are awesome?
A metronome app is always my number one suggestion to my students. They not just help you stay in time, but also can be used to improve vibrato, increase speed, and help with rhythm. There are many different free versions for both android and apple. At first I picked Metronome Beats because I found the sound of the tick the least irritating out of all the ones I could find. I grew to like it more because of all the extra features, like picking the percentage of the metronome marking instead of having to change it and set it so it can increase or decrease the tempo after a set number of bars.
When I found this app, my needs were simple: I wanted something that could give me A 440 to tune to. It seemed like every pitch pipe app I downloaded, they required for you to keep your finger down on the button to keep the pitch sustained, which did not help at all for tuning. This app will give you any pitch and sustain it indefinitely until you tap the button again (or tilt the phone to change the angle). This is great not just for the initial tuning, but to help your intonation as you practice! Having troubles playing the D Major scale in tune? Play a D on the app while practicing the scale and adjust your fingers to it.
Droning not helping to play your scales in tune? Can’t get the pattern for a melodic minor scale into your ear? This app allows you to select any scale, plays it at any tempo you choose, and you can follow along on the staff. It counts you in before playing, so it’s easy to practice your violin with it. It includes virtually every type of scale, even modal scales and arpeggios. If you are an advanced player, the full version includes three octave scales, whereas the free version only has two octaves.
If you’re lost and unsure if a passage is in tune, playing it on a piano will always help! This app includes extra features like games, but I’ve only ever used it for checking my intonation. What’s nice is that it allows you to adjust the number of keys you see on the screen and scroll up or down so you can have access to the full range of a piano.
At the beginning levels in this game, it is great for complete beginners to music for learning how long to hold each type of note. The higher levels tests more advanced players skills on reading multi-rhythms.
Need help learning to read music? Want to learn a different cleff? This app tests your note reading skills in any clef you choose. It has a staff with four notes at a time and choices of letters to choose from bellow. There are different modes to choose from, I prefer training mode because when I’m reading in bass cleff I like not to feel rushed by a timer.
Music Theory and Ear Training
Music Theory Tutor
This app is great for theory beginners. It has explanations for all the basics, including chords, intervals, and the circle of fifths.
This app is great if you are still struggling with remembering the patterns of whole tones and semi tones in different types of scales. It can tell you the note names, intervals, and the piano keys needed for any scale.
This is a good starter for testing your skills in recognizing intervals on the staff. The downside to it is that it only asks the interval number, not the quality (if it’s major, minor, etc.)
Need to practice your ear skills, but don’t have wifi for an ear training website? This app is your saving grace! Out of all the apps I’ve tried, it is also the most customizable. You can choose which intervals you want to be tested on, if they are ascending or descending, the tempo, range, and how you want to be corrected for wrong answers. Tapped a perfect 4th when the answer was a major 6th? You can choose if you want it to play the wrong interval you selected, then the interval it is actually asking for. Or you could have it simply make a sound that your choice was wrong and you need to choose again. My best score was 100/106 for all intervals going up and down within an octave. I challenge you to beat me!
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=uk.co.marchantpeter.intervalrecognition&hl=enJuly 29, 2016 at 2:33 pm #17354
What a great post Chantelle! Thanks for sharing with us all!August 9, 2016 at 4:35 am #17542
I sometimes have trouble hearing a tune that makes sense when I play new music for the first time. So, I will type in notes in the app Score Creator (iOS only at this time) so I can play it back at whatever tempo I need and select sections to play on a loop. I then try to play along with the app. This has helped me gain a better understanding of the must I’m reading.August 9, 2016 at 4:35 pm #17548
I have spotify and i thing it helps a lot.August 11, 2016 at 4:41 pm #17615
I have done that before for tricky rhythms with noteflight. I think it’s best to first try everything you can to figure it out for yourself. It’s a good brain workout rather than letting the notation software do all the work for you.September 1, 2016 at 3:30 am #18212
In the beginning of my playing when I couldn’t tune myself, I would use the app gStrings. It’s good when you can’t tune your instrument by earSeptember 4, 2016 at 8:25 am #18285
this sounds like a great app thanks for the advice
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