Music practice apps make our world go round. Since our platform provides you with tools to learn music, we at Chromatik constantly look for other cool web applications that help us learn to play better. Who would have thought the Internet would become such a nifty spot for musicians? A lot of people. This week, we highlight some URL tools to aid your IRL practice session.
1. Cleartune ($3.99)
Keeping your instrument in tune is a frustrating and time-consuming task. Sometimes it feels like an eternity goes by before you finally get your instrument to harmonize with a primitive, mechanical tuner. Although getting that perfect pitch may never come without a few tweaks to your instrument, Cleartune makes the tuning process just a little bit easier. This music practice app has calibration capabilities and an interactive that display show you on the spectrum between flat and sharp your instrument's pitch lies.
Remembering note fingerings can be tough for a beginning musician (and sometimes those high notes just slip away even from those more advanced). Instruments in Basic provides a handy guide for those moments where you need a reminder about how to play your instrument, be it from a mysterious case of amnesia or just an unfamiliarity with the instrument. The basic version of this music practice app costs $2.99 but if you're feeling flashy you can drop $9.99 on Fingering, which even provides the pitches for each note.
You can make your practice sessions both shorter and more efficient by setting goals and actively analyzing the music you play. Doing these things allows you to focus on your weak points and make reasonable attempts at slowly overcoming them. The music practice app Music Journal is great at guiding you through the analytical process of practicing music, helping you stay more engaged and conscious of the music in front of you. It allows you to see how long you practice a song, what tempo you play at (there's a built in metronome that logs the speed you practice at and sets BPM),and even contains colorful graphs depicting your progress on a song.
There are so many words in music composition and so many of them are Italian that it's hard to remain savvy about every adagio that flies (or in that case drags) by you. This Music Dictionary app is a handy way to quickly answer your music definition questions. Need to know what Allegro assai means? Done. It’s quite fast.
And don't forget to check out Chromatik, featuring free sheet music and tutorials.