March 29, 2021 by Klaus Crow
I have to admit the iPad has made my life as a guitar player and guitar teacher a lot easier.
Having all the tools I need at hand from metronomes, tuners, jam tracks to music sheets, mp3s, videos, recording applications and writing tools. And the best thing about apps is that they are fast, efficient and effective.
The productivity apps are getting better and better and they are so useful for so many people including musicians. More and more I begin to wonder if there is anything that you can’t do with an ipad? :)
There are tons of great apps for a small price, but sometimes the best things in life are for free.
1 – PA TUNER LITE
Plusadd Tuner Lite is a chromatic instrument tuner and pitch pipe that allows you to quickly and accurately tune your instrument using the built-in mic in your iPad or iPhone.
2 – METRONOME+
Retina display graphics, realistic tempo scroll wheel, tempo range from 30-300, incredibly accurate metronome engine, subdivisions- quarters, eighths, sixteenths and triplets, accents- program accents to occur on any beat, sounds are among the loudest possible on iOS and four distinctive sound sets.
3 – LIFT
Build habits and stick to them. Practice improvisation regularly, increase your guitar speed everyday for 10 minutes, improve your blues chops, etc. This app keeps you on track.
4 – GOOGLE DRIVE, DROPBOX or SKYDRIVE
For storing and organizing all your files: sheetmusic, docs, mp3s, videos, etc.
5 – EAR TRAINER LITE
Ear Trainer Lite is an educational tool designed for musicians, music students and anyone interested in improving ones musical ear. It has exercises covering intervals, chords, and scales. This is the LITE version with 24 exercises. The full version has over 160 exercises.
6 – RECORDER PLUS HD
New generation audio recorder. easy to record, easy to review, easy to edit and easy to share.
7 – YOUTUBE
For listening to your favorite music and searching for guitar backing tracks.
8 – REVERBNATION or SOUNDCLOUD
Tools for bands and musicians. Selling your music, reach fans, stats, money, promotion, distribution, opportunities, etc.
9 – OTTER
Writing lyrics or creating chord sheets without having to write. Top quality speech recognition.
10 – DOC SCAN APPS
Scan your lyrics, chords and music sheets. Save them on your ipad and email them to your fellow musicians or guitar students.
If you know a cool free guitar or productivity app please share in the comments.
Thanks in advance,
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Not free, but Garageband is awesome for 5 bucks. Virtual instruments, loops and recording.
Klaus Crow says
Garageband is awesome indeed. I had to force myself not to include any paid apps in this post because there are so many awesome-ones.
I’ll write a post on that in the near future.
Just wanted so say thanks, I’m really enjoying the 50 Cool Blues Licks eBook, it’s helping keep me motivated to play every day.
Having something to work towards on the guitar is keeping me motivated, and I find that I’m falling in love with the instrument again. Once I’ve learned them, it’s fun to tweak the licks and give them my own fingerprints. Thanks, the eBook and accompanying materials are really put together well.
Johnson Alex says
Nice post! these apps are awesome. users will definitely have a benefits in terms of using these lists of application. It will be a good help for them to develop their skills.
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