Music Related iPhone and iPad Apps

Take Your Music On The Go With forScore for iPad

forScore App for iPadThe idea of being able to have all of your sheet music with you at all times, instantly accessible and indexed is a wonderful thought for many musicians.  In past years commercial products have been produced to provide us with that capability but for the most part they have remained out of reach of most individuals either for financial or logistical reasons.  With the explosive growth of the iPad though musicians are getting a second shot at going totally digital with their sheet music in the form of a $5 app called forScore.  

Amplitube For iPad and iPhone- Just Plain Cool!

000 Irig FrontGuitarists rejoice!  Thanks to the Amplitube app for iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch you can now take all of your favorite effects pedals, amps, and cabinets with you without the need to lug around a suitcase full of equipment.  The Amplitube app works together with a $40 accessory called the iRig that when plugged between your iPad and your guitar will add any desired effects to the sound before sending it out to your amplifier.  

Musicopolous Music Theory iPhone App Review

Music Score Negative (Custom)Musicopolous is an iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad app that is intended to help the user practice music theory skills, mostly related to building scales, intervals, and chords as well as sight reading skills such as identifying the names of key signatures and note names when shown on the grand staff.  For this review the app was tested on an iPhone 4.  How did it measure up to the competition?  Read on to find out.

Scorio for iPad

Scorio for iPad
Runs On: iPad
Scorio is an iPad app that works together with the Scorio online music notation site allowing you to create and edit sheet music using the iPad's touch screen interface.
Creating sheet music made easy! The scorio Music Notator lets you write your own music on the iPad. Edit play and print your music whenever you want. Enter and edit music the iPad way: Use touch gestures to insert notes and touchmove gestures to move notes around and change pitches. Alternatively you may also use the virtual piano keyboard.

Sound Production and Circular Breathing Apps for iPhone

 

Sound Production For SaxophoneSaxophone master Walter Beasley has released a pair of iPhone apps dedicated to his chosen instrument.  These instructional video apps contain over 80 minutes of video instruction on the saxophone taught by Beasley and feature short clips of him demonstrating the various concepts and techniques.  The first of the two apps titled Sound Production For Saxophone deals with concepts ranging from basic embouchure to diaphragmatic breathing and basic practice tips. 

The second app, titled Circular Breathing, deals with exactly that, and is described in detail in about thirty minutes worth of videos.  All aspects of learning and developing circular breathing are presented and are done with the help of visual demonstrations showing how the process really works.  

As an educational tool the videos are quite informative and present their points well.  Any novice saxophone student would most likely benefit from viewing the Sound Production videos while more advanced students or those interested in playing around with circular breathing would benefit from the latter.

Trumpet Pro iPhone App Review

Trumpet Pro Home ScreenMusic education related iPhone apps that are actually useful seem to be rather few and far between.  When I was informed of the Trumpet Pro apps now available for both iPhone and iPad I was a little skeptical, having seen other fingering training apps that failed to live up to my expectations.  When I saw the pricing associated with these two apps I became a bit more skeptical but decided to give them a try anyway and see if they were truly worth the investment.

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