When I got my new iPod Touch, there were several music apps at the top of my list. Here are two of them:
I have to admit, as a very visual person the first thing that attracted me to this app was the beautiful design. But if all it does is look good, an app will be pretty short-lived. Which is probably why this one is still around and going strong. The functionality is incredible! I love the fact that it has way more scales/modes than I will ever need for my own purposes or for my students. It’s not like I’m going to be teaching the Lydian Augmented scale anytime soon…okay, ever. But you know, it’s nice to have it there – just in case. 🙂
The navigation is super simple. Just select your root note, then your scale type and voila! you have a screen with the letter names spelled out, the notes placed on a staff, and the keys pictured on a keyboard. With a click, you can switch over to the guitar view and see what it looks like on the frets. And in either mode you can play the audio recording and hear what the scale sounds like. Super cool! And great for both aural and visual learners!
This sleek design is perfect for a metronome! With a quick tap you can change the tempo marking, alter the beat structure (to alternate sounds every 2, 3, 4, beats, etc.), or select a different type of sound for the beat. They are also currently working on a Tap Tempo feature and the capability to listen to your iPod while the metronome is going so you can check tempos, etc. This app is already becoming a must-have in my studio!
And now, for the exciting news! Both of these app developers have generously offered to giveaway three copies of their app to Music Matters Blog readers! Just leave a comment below to be entered in the giveaway. The six winners will be drawn at noon (CST) on Thursday, July 21 using a random number generator.