Learning to play an instrument has never been easier, with the vast amount of technology available today I'm always pleasantly surprised when I discover a new app that I never knew I needed before!
I would like to show you some of the apps that I now can't live without. I use them to make my teaching work easier and learning has never been so efficient and fun.
First of all, as a guitarist I love the app developer 'IK multimedia'. They create, in my opinion the most realistic and organic emulation's of hundreds of expensive, space consuming guitar amps that I can now use in my living room. They have a large range of apps for desktop computers, tablets and smart phones so it's worth taking some time to look through all their guitar products. They can be a good solution for a mobile guitar amp and they are great for recording your own guitar parts without the need of a recording studio.
Secondly, an app I use all the time is 'Tempo slow'. Tempo slow can do many things which gives transcribers a lot of different options to work out musical passages. The app can slow down/speed up music, change the pitch, filter out frequencies, change the levels of the left and right channels, loop parts and more. This app also saves these settings for different songs in a built in playlist. It's an amazing app if you want to work things out be ear!
Another app I use a lot is called 'MetroTimer', it is a metronome app with an integrated timer. What a great idea. I am a big fan of using a timer when I practice as I find practising some things a chore (learning scales!). Now I can use a metronome with more time signatures than I'll ever need, change accents in beats whilst timing how long I limit myself to learning a B flat super locrian scale!
Finally, an app that I discovered recently is 'DocScan' which is a revolutionary way of scanning sheet music. I have a very bad scanner at home, which never quite scans the whole page. I once wasted about ten pages of paper whilst trying to copy a single sheet of music. DocScan allows me to use my tablet to take a photograph of a page and correct any curved edges from the sheet. I can then print the page directly to a wireless printer or export to email or a cloud service as a PDF file. The app also adjusts the scanned sheet music to a black and white document so you won't end up printing a selection of shades and colours.
If there are any more music based apps that you use, please let me know as I never know how it may make my life easier!