Forget your troubles, come on get appy...

I don't know about you, but I'm so much more reliant on technology at the moment. Whether it's Zoom catch ups with my choir or the family or games on my tablet to take my mind off things, I'm finding I've got a device close at hand most of the time during lockdown.

I thought it might be good to share with you some of my favourite music apps, so you can try out a few new things. Disclaimer! I'm an Apple user so all of these are iPhone & iPad apps. Sorry Android users, but I don't have any devices using Android, so I can't confirm whether the same or similar apps are available in your app store. I'm sure there will be something similar, if not the same. So, in no particular order:

1. Musescore

This my go-to when I need a quick piece of music for someone. It's effectively an online community of people who are writing music and sharing it. There's often someone who's already written the tune I'm looking for and, if you have music notation software, you can often download an open version to edit (I have Sibelius on my laptop and use that a lot).

2. Musicnotes

When Musescore lets me down and I just want a single song and not a whole book, I'll buy it from Musicnotes. I've got a subscription so I get discount off every purchase. Once you've bought it, you can download as a PDF and print as a PDF, but it also appears in the Musicnotes app so I have the music wherever I go - really useful for a but of sneaky practise when a school student doesn't come for their lesson!

3. Soundcorset

This was a great recommendation from Mat Davis - tuner and metronome in one app. Very handy and works really well.

4. GarageBand

I love this for making multi-tracks of myself playing - it's great fun to duet (or trio, or quartet...) with myself, but also good for recording demo versions or backing tracks.

5. ABRSM SheetShifter

Got a backing track but it's too fast/slow? This is a great app for changing the speed without changing the pitch. The full version is £4.99 now, but I think it's still worth it.

6. Rhythm Cat

This one is really good fun - but very good practise too! Rhythm Cat will show you a rhythm and play a track for you to tap along to. Get it right and you can move on to the next level. Fantastic for anyone starting out with reading music to get used to readying rhythmic patterns and re-producing them.

7. Rhythm Trainer

Another game-based learning tool - has a few ways of learning rhythms and the free version has plenty to get on with.

8. Earpeggio

Yep - another game-based one, but this time, it has some other listening skills training, including basic intervals and writing basic rhythms and melodies.

9. Soundwise

Quite a number of music books now offer free downloads, including tracks and demos. The Soundwise app is the chosen provider for a lot of these and has added extras like an option that listens and marks your performance.

10. YouTube

Yes, I know you're already using YouTube, but there is so much on there to help you be a better music. There are millions of backing tracks, tons of technical guides and even music for beginner instrumentalists. Well worth searching here when you're bored and want something different to do with your practise.

Do you have any favourite apps that help with your music practise? I'd love to hear about them - drop me a line!

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