Becoming a better musician requires a lot of work. Using certain apps, however, can make the process much easier. If you want to improve your skills, start by practicing with these four apps.
Price: In-app purchases cost between $0.99 and $1.98
Operating system: Android and iOS
No matter what instrument you play, learning to keep time is an essential skill that will make it easier for you to perform with other musicians. With Pro Metronome, you can practice songs at the right tempo. If you’re learning a difficult piece of music, you can start slow to practice the notes before moving on to a faster tempo.
Pro Metronome even lets you use non-standard and polyrhythm settings to practice music in any genre. Plus, you get the benefit of using visual, flash, and vibrate when you don’t want the metronome’s sound to distract you.
Operating system: iOS
Tenuto comes with several features that can help you practice reading notation and understanding music theory. The most useful features, however, will train your ears to recognize specific notes, intervals, scales, and chords. After using Tenuto for a few weeks or months, depending on your current skill and how often you practice, you’ll learn how to identify and recreate sounds.
Tenuto also comes with keyboard-based and fretboard-based exercises that will help you apply each lesson to your instrument. Once you master Tenuto, you’ll know how to play practically any song that you encounter.
RecForge II Pro
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Operating system: Android
Listening to yourself play an instrument will help you hear small mistakes that you don’t notice in the moment. RecForge II Pro is one of the best ways for people with Android devices to record their performances without interference from excess gain or other types of distortion. You get a clean recording of the song so you can hear every note.
RecForge II Pro also lets you record and loop samples, which comes in handy when you’re writing or practicing lead parts. You can also edit your recordings and import them to several formats, including WMA, MP3, FLAC, and Ogg.
Operating system: iOS
GarageBand is still the best mobile app for iOS users who want to create music on the go. It includes many of the features that you’ll find in RecForge II Pro. For instance, GarageBand lets you record yourself playing, edit recordings, create loops, and save performances in a variety of formats. GarageBand goes further, though, by letting you compose music with virtual instruments, including drums, keyboards, and guitars. The app even lets you choose from a variety of amplifiers and effects pedals so you can customize your sound.
If you want to practice someone else’s song, import the track to GarageBand to play along through your headphones or external speakers.
No app can automatically make you a better musician. If you aren’t willing to put in the time and effort, then don’t both paying for these apps. As long as you can find a few minutes each day to practice, though, they will make you a better musician.
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