100 Awesome Apps to Start Your Own iPhone Band

Have you ever seen those YouTube videos of bands playing songs using only iOS devices and wondered what those apps were? Well look no further because today we have over 100 apps to provide you with everything you need for your digital band. We’ve got everything from guitar, piano and drums to music education.

Don’t have any musical talent whatsoever? No worries! We’ve also included a few awesome Rock Band style music games that put you on stage and rocking out to popular hits. There’s definitely something here for everyone, no matter where you are on the musical talent spectrum.

Guitar

Ultimate Guitar Tabs

“Ultimate Guitar Tabs is an easy and convenient application for viewing guitar Tablatures, bass Tablatures, drum Tablatures and chords. This is the only mobile application giving you unlimited access to the world’s largest database of Tabs from Ultimate-Guitar.com. Use this intuitive viewer to browse the collection of over 300,000 Tabs and then learn or practice your favorite songs wherever you are. All your Tabs are now at hand!”

Price: $2.99

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Ultimate Guitar Tabs

Guitar Machine – SteamPunk Guitar Tools

“Essential guitar utilities, with a steam-punk themed twist! Guitar machine is the ultimate assistant for tuning, timing, and chords, for the steam-punkishly minded guitarist.”

Price: $0.99

GUITAR CHORD (Basic)

“This is a book of guitar chords, and you can check the sound as well! Use this app to improve your guitar practice.”

Price: Free

PocketGuitar

“PocketGuitar turns your iPhone or iPod touch into a virtual guitar. You can press and strum strings, just like a real guitar.”

Price: $0.99

JamPlay Guitar Pack

“JamPlay.com is proud to present its mobile guitar pack. You can now enjoy video guitar lessons on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Built-in tuner, metronome, chord library and more.”

Price: $1.99

Gibson Learn & Master Guitar Application

“Gibson has partnered with Legacy Learning Systems, producers of the Learn & Master Guitar course, the most comprehensive guitar instructional series on the market, to provide you with a must-have application for any guitar player. This application provides you with essential tools to help you become a better guitar player as well as free full length lessons from the award winning Learn & Master Guitar course that will take you from beginner or intermediate to advanced. ”

Free

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Gibson Learn & Master Guitar Application

Guitar World Lick of the Day

“Guitar World Lick of the Day is listed as a Free App so you can download it for free to evaluate the app’s instructional content and features. When you download Lick of the Day, you immediately receive five free licks and you’ll receive additional free licks periodically.”

Price: Free

GuitarToolkit

Essential guitar utilities, including an amazingly accurate tuner and a library of over 500,000 chords, all on your iPhone or iPod touch. One of the highest rated applications in the App Store.

Price: $9.99

PocketAmp – Guitar Amp and Effects

“PocketAmp is the best guitar amp effects app for practicing with your iTunes music. 4 amp models with 7 great effects. True stereo modulation effects. Effects after amp modeling using rack mount design, instead of pedals.”

Price: $9.99

Guitar Jam Tracks: Acoustic Blues

Imagine having the confidence to sit in with any musician or band, anywhere – no matter what key they are playing in. Imagine being able to close your eyes and let your fingers dance all over the fretboard, never worrying about where to put them. It’s not even a question – with enough practice, you will achieve these things; Guitar Jam Tracks will just help you get there faster.

Price: $1.99

Planet Waves Guitar Tools

“Enjoy the full functionality of the Chordmaster and Scale Wizard apps, the core features of ProTune and ProTempo, plus reference tools that make it easy to find the nearest music store or instructor wherever you may roam. Developed exclusively for iOS by the minds at Audiofile Engineering, Guitar Tools packs a wealth of easy-to-use, professional-grade guitar utilities into one elegant application for your iPhone or iPod touch.”

Price: $1.99

Amps & Cabs – Guitar Effects

“The best guitar amplifier and speaker cabinet simulation you’ve ever laid eyes on. This sweet sounding guitar app packs a selection of hot amps and cabs, so you can rock huge sounds anytime you want and everywhere you go. Amps & Cabs comes preloaded with three (3) different types of amps and three (3) different sizes of cabinets to make 9 different combinations. Build a guitar stack that fits your style and customize the settings to create the guitar tones you’ve been dreaming about.”

Price: $0.99

TabToolkit

“TabToolkit is an incredibly powerful guitar tablature and music notation viewer, now with multi-track playback! An essential tool for learning and practicing music, TabToolkit includes an audio synthesis engine so you can listen to and control the audio for all tracks individually.”

Price: $9.99

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TabToolkit

AmpKit+

“AmpKit is the ultimate amp and effects studio for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, with extensive recording, re-amping, audio copy & paste, and sharing capabilities.”

Price: $19.99

AmpliTube

“Play, practice and record anytime, anywhere with world-class guitar and bass tones right in the palm of your hand. AmpliTube for iPhone gives you incredibly ultra-realistic tones and effects, plus full multitrack recording capabilities in a convenient mobile app, all from the leaders in analog gear modeling software for professional recording studios.”

Price: $19.99

TouchChords

“TouchChords 2.0 shows you how to play songs on guitar while you hear a backing track — even the original song. Our tab 2.0 helps you learn visually and by ear. See hand images for each chord, and If you have the iTunes track, play the original recording in time with the tab.”

Price: Free

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TouchChords

Piano

Piano!

“Just play piano with your fingers!”

Price: $0.99

Piano

“It is full 88 keys virtual piano. The feature includes: Record piano play track, Record voice song track, Record every keys you have played, Generate Music Notation Sheet, Email sound track and music notation sheet, Simple and easy to change keyboard, and Double keyboards on the screen.”

Price: $0.99

Virtuoso Piano Free 3

“Virtuoso, the world’s most popular Multi-Touch piano ever, is back with amazing new features. Built upon the critically acclaimed app, it’s the most beautiful sounding piano you’ve ever seen. And it’s still free.”

Price: Free

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Virtuoso Piano Free 3

50in1 Piano

“Learn to play the piano, create your own songs and even sing to your compositions! 50in1 Piano lets you do all that with one single app! It combines a piano keyboard, 50 studio-quality instruments, 100 piano lessons, real-time effects, 100 beat loops and much more in a user-friendly interface.”

Price: $1.99

Piano Tutor for iPad

“The popular Piano Tutor app has now been ported to the iPad! The amazing iPad now has a much bigger screen, which allows you to access many more piano keys at the same time. Train yourself to read both Treble and Bass notes at the same time! See customer feedback from the iPhone / iPod Touch version of Piano Tutor.”

Price: $2.99

FingerPiano

“Instead of reading the score, scrolling guides appear on the screen. Just touching the keyboard with scrolling guides, that’s all you have to do. This application provides you with 88 pieces of famous music.”

Price: $0.99

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FingerPiano

Virtuoso Piano Pro Classic

“The big classic is back! The popular piano — with adjustable reverb, automatic time stretch, master tuning, and fully configurable keyboard.”

Price: $0.99

Echo Piano

“Echo Piano is a recordable virtual piano app. The control of the keyboard is the most special feature of this piano app. To reach all the keys during your performance you have to just slide the screen.”

Price: $4.99

Finger Piano Share

“Don’t worry if you can’t play the piano! FingerPiano will help you play music. Just touch the keys by following the scroll guide and you can play a song.”

Price: $2.99

PianoStudio

“By placing individual notes, entire chords, and even complete musical phrases onto a set of buttons that you can arrange and play, you can write and perform real piano music with chord progressions, “two-handed” patterns, and melodies in Allegro, all right on your iPhone or iPod touch.”

Price: $4.99

Pianist

“The first widely available mobile multi-touch piano, Pianist has been featured in a number of Apple advertising campaigns, been consistently in the iTunes Top 100 Music Apps list, and was one of the ‘Awesome iOS4 Apps’ in an Apple iTunes promotion.”

Price: $3.99

TuneLab Piano Tuner

“Do not buy this app unless you are a professional piano technician. This is a professional tool that produces a custom piano tuning for any piano. It is based on our popular TuneLab line of piano tuning programs for Pocket PCs, Smartphones, and laptops, which piano technicians have been using for over 10 years.”

Price: $0.99

NESynth

“NESynth is a synthesizer that simulated 8 bit sound of video games in the 80′s.”

Price: $1.99

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NESynth

Drums

Drums!

“In many ways Drums! now sets the benchmark in the Drum App category, delivering a fun interactive experience full of realism and genuine technological brilliance. Drums! rewarding audio experience is enhanced by the beautifully illustrated interface that reminds you that this is not just any drum App. ”

Price: $0.99

Pocket Drums

“The MOST features of any drum app, including 22 high-quality stereo drum kits, multi-track recording, 3 dozen unique drum loops to play along to, variable pitch control, drum rolls, double bass drumming, play to your favorite iPod music from within Pocket Drums, variable metronome with over a dozen unique sounds, 4 different drum layouts, and much more!”

Price: $1.99

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Pocket Drums

Bongos – Dynamic Bongo Drums

“The ultimate Bongos for your iPhone and iPad with dynamic sounds: Depending where you hit the bongos, the pitch and the volume vary! It doesn’t matter if you are a professional musician, want to become a bongocero or just want to drum for fun – you should get this app!”

Price: Free

Conga Drums

“Now you can play conga or bongos anytime, anywhere with Conga Drums! Featuring high resolution graphics and professionally recorded sounds, Conga Drums is the ultimate drumming app for the iPhone and iPad. You can play the Conga, Quinto, Tumba, Requinto, Super Tumba or Bongos in 2, 3, or 4 drum configurations.”

Price: $0.99

iGOG: Massive Drums

“iGOG is a massive multisampled drum machine unlike anything else available. iGOG sounds better than other drum machines because it uses Drumagog technology. (Drumagog is our award winning drum replacer, used by recording engineers worldwide for over 10 years). iGOG features up to 384 multisampled drum hits per pad. It combines dynamic, random and positional samples to form a drum sound so realistic, you’d swear it was the real thing.”

Price: $2.99

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iGOG: Massive Drums

Drum Kit Pro

“Ever wanted to play the drums? This is the closest you can get without a real kit. This is a fun app for drummers and non-drummers alike. Impress your friends with your chops, or play along to songs from your iPod Library. Record while playing along to songs, creating your own drum track and adding fills. Layer tracks on top of each other to make some crazy beats. Come on, you know every song can be made better with more ride cymbal.”

Price: $1.99

DigiDrummer

“DigiDrummer makes it easy and fun to play drums on your iPhone and iPod Touch! Slide across the pads! This brings fantastic new possibilities and speed to your drum play!”

Price: $1.99

Pocket Shaker

“Turn your iPhone into any percussion instrument you can imagine. Just shake it to make the sound.”

Price: Free

myDrum Pad

“Have you ever felt the need to tap along to the music? Have you wanted to make your own beats, or lay down some drums for a friend who’s beatboxing next to you? myDrum Pad lets you do that!”

Price: $1.99

iAmDrums

“Want to rock out on the drums? Anywhere, Anytime? Get iAmDrums by savageapps and satisfy your inner beast. 6 kits to play, including Rock, Acoustic, House, Rave, BeatBox, and DrumCircle–and more kits on the wa”

Price: $0.99

Drumline

“We’re bringing the world’s best drumming hardware to your fingertips. Literally. We’ve paired up with Dynasty USA Drums, Pro-Mark Drumsticks, Remo Drumheads, and HQ Percussion’s RealFeel line of practice pads to deliver an optimized marching experience directly to your iPhone and iPod Touch. Featuring snares, tenors, practice pads, metronome, and a new Memory game, with Drumline, you’ll never leave home without your other half.”

Price: $0.99

Drum+

“The ultimate Drum Kit Application for iPad or iPhone. Let your device bring out the drum animal in you. We’ve got everything from Cymbals to Snare”

Price: $0.99

Drum Kits

“Drum Kits is an easy to use programmable drum machine with 16 different sound banks. It allows you to compose rhythms and patterns by touching the screen. Free Trial. Turn your iPhone or iPod into a drum sequencer and recording studio. If you want to learn to play drums, write music, sing along, or record a song, Drum Kits can help — whether you’re a rookie or a rock star. ”

Price: Free

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Drum Kits

FunkBox Drum Machine

“Put a little funk in your pocket with the FunkBox vintage drum machine app from Synthetic Bits. Based on classic beatboxes from the 70s and 80s, FunkBox lets you push, tap, mix, and groove your way to some seriously funky beats. Designed to look, feel, and sound like a classic beatbox, FunkBox uses original audio samples taken directly from our own personal collection of vintage drum machines. It’s got all the boom snap and tsshhhh you love and crave, plus some bleeps and bloops from the new school thrown in for good measure.”

Price: $2.99

i808 Drum Machine

“i808 brings vintage hip hop drum machines to the iPhone in a fun, easy to use app. Make beats with 11 timeless drum machine instruments used in today’s rap, hip hop, R&B, and techno/electronica songs. Change patterns, add instruments, and configure options on the fly as you listen to your beat. Amateur beat makers will love the fun, dynamic live-play interface. Professionals will appreciate the exclusive cd quality (16 bit 44.1 kHz) samples taken from an original vintage analog drum machine in Blackout Labs’ studios.”

Price: $1.99

iDrum Club Edition

“iDrum is the addictive app that lets you create your own beats, even if you have no musical experience! Start with iDrum’s selection of amazing kits and patterns, then customize them to make them your own. Build beats layer by layer by tapping the touch screen or create music with simple shapes and color combinations that let you visualize the rhythm. ‘

Price: $4.99

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iDrum Club Edition

DJ

DJ

“The Original DJ tabletop deck app for your iPhone and iPod. Access your iTunes library, play and cue songs using a beautiful interface. Great for parties or just for playing music.”

Price: $1.99

MixDeck Scratch DJ

“MixDeck Scratch DJ is the first iphone application that simulates a real turntable! Just scratch the music on your
ipod or iphone like a real DJ! You play it back faster, slower or even backwards! Make cool remixes with three built-in DJ-effects and the accelerator controlled cutoff/resonance effects.”

Price: $1.99

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MixDeck Scratch DJ

DJ VirtualDeck

“Mimicking a turntable, VirtualDeck is designed as an aid for DJ s. It lets you fast-forward, fast-rewind, beat mix, scratch and tune an audio sample just as you would DJ on a real turntable– all by a touch on the screen. In some ways, it can do what no ordinary turntable can do, namely play digital samples. Weʼre sure you at some time wished you could play your own music without having to shell out for a dub plate, or quickly cut some samples into a loop and use that to intensify or sratch on top of your set.”

Price: $4.99

DJ Mixer 3

“DJ Mixer gives you free tracks from Adam Freeland, Bassnectar, Steel Fisher, PENTyRAID and others, to play and mix using the ultimate iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad music player and mixer. New! Beautiful iPad optimized lifelike turntable and CDJ mixing interface.”

Price: Free

Cue Play DJ

“Cut the cord and DJ anywhere. Cue.Play.DJ., is the world’s most advanced and fully-featured digital DJ solution for the iPhone and iPod Touch. A plane flight, a car ride, a waiting room, or a couch can now become a DJ booth where one track seamlessly blends into another as you control every aspect of your audio experience. Comparable to the feature sets of digital DJ solutions that cost several hundred dollars on your desktop, Cue.Play.DJ. let’s you try your hand at real DJing using an interface that should be familiar to anyone who has ever stepped into a DJ booth.”

Price: $9.99

Touch DJ 2

“Touch DJ offers realtime independent manipulation of 2 MP3/M4A files, including scratching, looping, positioning, equalization, effects and and pitching. The unique futuristic user-friendly interface of Touch DJ and the highly advanced zero-latency sound engine bring fantastic results comparable to what can be done with professional hardware equipment worth at least $1000.”

Price: $1.99

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Touch DJ 2

Pocket DJ

“DJ Experience, anytime, anywhere! Pocket DJ is an interactive music solution that empowers your iPhone / iPod Touch with a low latency DJ scratch pad and a user-assignable controller. ”

Price: $0.99

SurfaceDJ

“SurfaceDJ is a fun and simple to use music mixing application featuring over 40 custom loops created by Vectorform’s multi-touch developer and basement musician, DJ Kev. With 5 default songs and over 40 custom loops to choose from, you can create personal mixes that are all your own. Record your mixes and play them back for all your fans. Both novices and experienced musicians alike will find SurfaceDJ to be a fun, easy and unique way to interact with music.”

Price: $1.99

djay Remote

“djay Remote is the ultimate companion app to algoriddim’s award-winning djay 3 software for iTunes on the Mac. It turns your iPhone or iPod touch into a full-fledged DJ controller by allowing you to wirelessly control the addictive features of djay 3 from the palm of your hand. Mixing your favorite music from iTunes has never been this much fun.”

Price: $4.99

DJ PLAYER

“Designed, developed and tested by professional DJs to have the best experience in clubs, battles, sets and
on the go gigs, even in The House at the End of the Street. With DJ PLAYER you can touch and manipulate your music, doing something creative on the fly… something that compliments the mood of the crowd. Every detail is carefully tuned and continuously developed to provide this powerful DJ application for You!”

Price: $24.99

Metronome

Metronome

“This simple metronome allows musicians to mark time by giving a regular tick sound at a selected rate. Drag the arm horizontally to start the arm. Tap to stop. Drag the arm vertically to change the tempo. Tap the “i” button to access application preferences.”

Price: Free

Metronome

“Metronome combines an accurate and flexible metronome with a full-range tuner. Everything a practice musician needs to build up rock-solid rhythm and tone. ”

Price: $2.99

Metronome: Tempo

“How do you choose from the seemingly countless number of metronome apps on the app store? Here’s a hint: go with the masses. Ever since its release, Tempo has been consistently in the top 100 of the Music category in over 30 countries. With over 100,000 copies sold, Tempo is simply the best-selling metronome app for the iPhone OS. It is used daily by performing artists for their gigs, by teachers in their lessons, by musicians in their practices; by golfers to time their swings. Even our competitors have taken to copying our interface.”

Price: $1.99

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Metronome: Tempo

Metron (Professional Metronome)

“The brainchild of a classically trained musician, Metron aids in the practice of runs, excerpts and complete compositions. Featuring an intuitive front panel, you can launch and start practicing instantly, just like with any basic metronome. An organized back panel provides single tap access to an ample variety of commonly used time signatures, and also allows you to define new or edit existing sequences, with full access to its powerful and unique features.”

Price: $1.99

Visual Metronome

“Visual Metronome is a metronome for the iPhone and iPod Touch that provides extremely accurate audio and visual beat indication. It is by far and away the most flexible metronome in the app store.”

Price: $1.99

Steinway Metronome

“Steinway & Sons, maker of the world’s finest pianos for more than 150 years and a name that is synonymous with excellence in music, has created a full-featured digital metronome for the 21st century musician. Whether you’re a performing artist, music teacher, or music student, this app ensures that you have a fully functional metronome wherever you go.”

Price: Free

Beats – BPM, Metronome

“Beats combines a BPM counter, an advanced DJ metronome and a key-mixing aid. It won’t mix the records for you or get you a drink from the bar, but it might help you become a better DJ. The versatile metronome in Beats supports beat, duple and triplet timing, and can be “pushed” and “pulled” to get it in sync with songs in the same way DJs beatmix with CDJs or Technics 1200s.”

Price: $1.99

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Beats - BPM, Metronome

Metronome TS

“This application is a full featured metronome that features tap tempo, ranges from 30 to 250 BPM, 0 to 19 beats per bar, 9 selectable rhythms, and the ability to play clicks through the first generation iPod Touch’s internal speaker. It also allows you to save and categorize tempos for easy reference. This metronome is a must have for musicians!”

Price: $3.99

Musebook Metronome M30 Pendulum Style

“July 2010, musebook metronome m30 was reborn as a pendulum style to be the best metronome app for iPhone and iPod touch; to be the best accurate and intuitive metronome app.”

Price: $4.99

Ultimate Metronome

“Ultimate metronome is not only time-keeper, but also a tool allowing you to write, practise and master rhythmic patterns. Patterns can be spread over multiple instruments and contain tempo changes.”

Price: $0.99

ProTempo

“Whether you’re practicing, composing or recording, the ProTempo metronome app delivers unmatched utility and convenience for musicians at all levels. Use the touch-screen Tap feature to dial up a basic click-based tempo instantly, or create and save your own customized rhythm patterns using ProTempo’s richly detailed controls. Choose from a set of high-quality sound samples that can be assigned and balanced within a single pattern. ”

Price: $0.99

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ProTempo

PolyRhythm

“PolyRhythm was developed for all professional musicians, regardless of 
instrument, whether composing, performing or conducting! The app produces the most common rhythmic overlays (such as 5:3) using 
two different clicks accompanied by a display of the score. Available rhythmic overlays range from 3:2 to 13:4 on a systematic 
basis with adapted speeds for best study results. A regular metronome with decadic BPM-steps is included. ”

Price: $0.99

iMetronome

“With this classic style metronome you will no longer get out of step!”

Price: $1.99

Education

Rhythm Trainer

“The Rhythm Trainer is a revolutionary educational tool for all musicians. It combines a highly advanced metronome and a rhythmic sequencer all into one package.”

Price: $9.99

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Rhythm Trainer

Music Drawing

“The Music Drawing game by Virtual Sheet Music has been specifically designed to teach children or music beginners how to write music by putting notes on a music staff the easiest way. The game allows to write music on a free of bars music staff. You can write on different pages, move notes around, change their pitch by just moving them up and down and modify their duration by selecting the corresponding value button. Rests also may be added, as well sharps and flats. At any time the music may be played, paused and saved into an archives section of the application which allows to retrieve previously saved songs.”

Price: $2.99

iReadMusic

“Learn how to read and play music on your iPhone & iPod touch for the following instruments: Piano, Classical Guitar, Electric Guitar, 4, 5 & 6 String Electric Bass Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo, Cello, Viola, Violin and Ukulele.”

Price: $6.99

Note-A-Lator — Practice reading music… with style.

“Practice reading music with quizzes tailored to suit your needs. See every wrong answer drawn on a staff next to the correct answer.”

Price: $0.99

Note Tutor

“Are you a beginner musician, or thinking about playing great music again? Then Note Tutor is for you. Basic music theory is presented in a fun, flash-card game format, enabling you to memorize the basics you need to read music quickly and effectively, wherever you are.”

Price: $2.99

Karajan – Music & Ear Trainer

“Karajan is an easy to use music and ear training application for the iPhone and iPod Touch. It provides lessons for learning to recognize intervals, chords, scales, pitch and tempo (bpm) with detailed statistics. Karajan is a great tool for music theory students, whether they are in junior high, high school, or college. It is also very useful for every hobby musician. ”

Price: $14.99

Music Theory Pro

“Users who are just learning music will be able to practice naming notes on the piano and on the staff. As they progress they will master key signatures, intervals and chords. The help files provide detailed explanations for each concept.”

Price: $0.99

Etude ~ sheet music on steroids

“Etude is sheet music on steroids. Whether you’re an accomplished musician or someone who couldn’t carry a tune given a wheelbarrow, Etude will quickly become an indispensable tool for adding new songs to your repertoire. Choose from hundreds (and soon to be thousands) of songs, hear and see how they should be played, and learn them yourself. From Fur Elise to The Entertainer to The Itsy Bitsy Spider, Etude spans music genres, ages, and difficulty levels to bring a vast assortment of sheet music literally to your fingertips!”

Price: $4.99

Nota

“For beginners, Nota’s tools covers the basics of music notation with a 4 octave piano that displays the notes on a staff, a full screen landscape mode piano for practicing and an interactive notes quiz to test your knowledge of notes. For advanced users, the scales browser has a comprehensive list of common and exotic scales. Nota will show the scale, play it and display the notes, intervals and half-steps. The chords browser makes it easy to find a chord and play it on any key or invert it. You can now set the notation to strict or simplified and also set the root to sharp or flat. You can also consult the Circle of Fifths in the Reference section which has the most comprehensive reference of music notation on the iPad.”

Price: $1.99

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Nota

Chord Flash Cards Pro

“Chord Flash Cards helps you improve your chops playing chords as a performer on either a guitar or a keyboard. The name of the chord is displayed at a specified interval. Then after a specified wait time, the answer is displayed in three formats: (1) The spelling of the chord, (2) the guitar fingering of the chord, and (3) the piano fingering of the chord. Chords are randomly selected but also based on weightings designed to display the most common chords more often. Fingerings are generated for 25 types of chords for each of the 12 scale keys for a total of 300 chords. You can also choose 4 different expertise levels of chord weights as well as generate specific chords.”

Price: $2.99

Musicopoulos: Music Theory and Practice

“Musicopoulos is designed to help you develop your knowledge of music theory through a series of easy to follow lessons. Each lesson begins with the study of a musical principle such as intervals, scales or chords, followed by simple and effective practice exercises that will help reinforce these principles and commit them to memory. It doesn’t matter what instrument you play, Music Theory is universal.”

Price: $1.99

PatternMusic

“Create compelling, original music on your iPhone or iPod Touch with PatternMusic. PatternMusic was designed to inspire creativity, learning and experimentation in music enthusiasts and experts alike. ”

Price: Free

Voice Tutor

“Just about everyone loves to sing. Out of all those people, there are many who want to improve their voice. Unfortunately, not everyone has the time or the money to take voice lessons. Voice Tutor hopes to fill this gap.”

Price: $4.99

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Voice Tutor

Sight Reading Trainer Bass

“This application helps you learn how to read sheet music bass notes. Simply play it for five minutes a day and in less than a week you’ll be able to recognize any note in the bass clef that you see. The game starts at level one with three notes only. If you score more than 20 correct answers you’ll move up to the next level and will be challenged with additional tones. ”

Price: $2.99

Capo

“By slowing down the music without affecting its pitch, you can learn to play it slowly, and then speed it up as you improve. You can drop markers at key points in the song, and set loop points to repeat them. In addition to letting you choose songs from your iPod library(*), Capo will let you quickly add the currently-playing song from your iPod, placing the cursor right where you left off listening.”

Price: $19.99

Miscellaneous

Ocarina

“One of Apple’s All-Time Top 20 Apps, Smule’s Ocarina turns your iPhone into an ancient flute. With no musical training required, you’ll blow away your friends and family with your new talent.”

Price: $0.99

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Ocarina

Band

“MooCowMusic:Band is a collection of virtual instruments that lets you go beyond just listening to other people’s music on your iPhone or iPod Touch, to creating music yourself from scratch. Each instrument has been designed to take advantage of the unique touchscreen of the Phone, with complex chords of up to five notes playable in real-time.”

Price: $3.99

FourTrack

FoutTrack is an extremely powerful digital mixing applications with a ton of professional features. You should really check this one out!

Price: $9.99

Everyday Looper

“Everyday Looper allows you to record 4 musical phrases and loop them right away. You can then mix and merge them on the fly. Thanks to the metronome (click track) and the auto start/stop of recording (quantized recording), reachable in the tools and options menu, it’s suited for two-handed instruments too.”

Price: $5.99

GigDaddy Multitrack Mixer

“GigDaddy Multitrack Mixer is a music recording and composition tool. Use it anywhere and any time to capture and record ideas and compose new music. Share individual tracks or publish your finished songs over email or WiFi.”

Price: $2.99

iHearit: Slow Down, Loop and Transcribe Music

“iHearit – lets you hear all you’ve been missing and makes learning music by ear quicker and easier. Take any song and: slow down (or speed up) audio without changing the pitch, intuitively navigate and cue playback exactly where you want by touching a song’s waveform image, and more!”

Price: $4.99

iLift — Slow down music, change the key, and loop!

“iLift is an application designed to help you learn music from recordings. Whether you’re learning a fiddle tune, lifting changes for a jazz gig, or playing along with classical recordings, this app will help you develop your listening ability. iLift’s interface is simple and intuitive so you don’t have to read a manual and you can spend more time learning!”

Price: $9.99

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iLift

KeyFinder

“Ever wondered what the key of a song being played is? Wonder no more! Just use the built-in piano keyboard to play along with a song’s melody. As you confirm notes that coincide with what’s being played, KeyFinder will narrow down the number of possible keys the song is in.”

Price: Free

Music Studio

Music Studio offers a complete music production environment on the iPhone/iPod touch with features and a sound quality previously only known to desktop applications and expensive audio hardware.

Price: $14.99

GyroSynth

“GyroSynth is a gesture driven music synthesizer for the iPhone 4, which takes full adventage of the gyroscope. You can play and modulate the sound by moving your hand through the air – just like the legendary Theremin instrument.”

Price: $0.99

SongMaker

“Simply sing into the microphones whatever you’d like to sing. SongMaker comes with the powerful pitch-correction functionality along with more features such as generating chorus on your recorded voice and etc. You can also turn off the pitch-correction. ”

Price: $0.99

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Metronome: Tempo

Games

ROCK BAND

“Own the most responsive, immersive music game available for iPhone & iPod touch. Dominate the Tour mode to unlock new FREE songs and check out the Music Store for additional FREE downloads.”

Price: $4.99

Guitar Rock Tour

“The only game on iPhone/iPod touch that allows you to play guitar & drums like a Rock God! Perform, without musical knowledge, the most popular worldwide hits on your iPhone.”

Price: $4.99

Guitar Hero

“The biggest music videogame franchise ever created is now available for the first time on your iPhone or iPod Touch! It’s your chance to experience the original, addictive guitar game that over 40 million people have jammed out to worldwide.”

Price: $2.99

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Guitar Hero

Arcade Rocker

“Arcade Rocker is a groundbreaking music/rhythm App in the spirit of Rock Band, Guitar Hero and Tap Tap Revenge that lets you rock out with YOUR music collection. No longer are you stuck with playing the tiny selection of songs that other companies choose for you, instead, Arcade Rocker lets you play along with songs from YOUR collection.”

Price: Free

Tap Tap Revenge 4

“The longest-running, most-dowloaded music gaming app of ALL TIME just got a brand-new UPGRADE – it’s our biggest, baddest, most mind-blowing version yet! Tap and shake to the music of your favorite artists like Lady Gaga, Ke$ha, Taio Cruz, Jason Derülo, Metallica, and more! With a huge library of today’s biggest hits, plus over 100 FREE TRACKS, Tap Tap Revenge is the most addictive, adrenaline filled game on the App Store.”

Price: Free

ROCK BAND Reloaded

” Load up on Holiday Cheer today – and then keep on rockin’ with this all new version featuring 33 free songs, vocal recognition, and the biggest playlist by legendary artists. Get the only full band experience on the App Store! ”

Price: $4.99

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ROCK BAND Reloaded

Drums Challenge

“Drums Challenge is a music game where you’ll be drawn into musical battles with the world’s best drummers. Have fun tapping on a virtual drum kit on your iPhone and iPod. Challenge drummers of different styles such as Jazz, Blues, Funk, Country, Metal, Punk Rock, Latino and Reggae!”

Price: $0.99

DJ Mix Tour

“Test your sense of rhythm in a crazy club atmosphere: as a famous DJ, mix your favorite licensed hits in the hottest places and make hundreds of people get on the dance floor! An astonishing tracklist: 16 songs, mixing the most popular radio hits, club songs and dance classics! Play with Poker Face, Just Dance, Womanizer, Get The Party Started, Open Your Heart, Ibiza, Four to The Floor, Cry For You, Show Me Love, De Janeiro, Infinity 2008, Alive, Sandstorm, The Bomb, Ecuador, and Sing Hallelujah.”

Price: $4.99

What Did We Miss?

We think the 100 apps above should be enough to get you started with the best iPhone/iPad band ever, but even this barely scratches the surface of all of the amazing music apps available in the App Store.

Leave a comment below and tell us about your favorite music apps that didn’t make the list. Also be sure to let us know if you’ve tried any of those listed above and what you thought of them. Until next time, rock on friends!


  • kinetic

    There’s Ricepad for live electronic performance.

  • Juan Manuel

    What about of Synths? Nlog, Mobeat or MiniSynth

  • http://karmamole.com Omar Kamel

    You missed the single best music app out there!!! Nano Studio!!!!

  • Bigbadbob

    Didn’t you forget about MorphWiz?

  • http://vmetronome.appspot.com Cb

    Great post ! The metronome list looks exhaustive but you missed Virtual Metronome. I know it’s not that popular in the US but you might want to give a try ;)

    Thanks !

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  • Deej

    man, I love my guitars and all, but seriously you’ve got to check out iBone and the itrump. f@#king amazing videos http://playibone.com

  • paul

    Finger Drums is an great free app

  • Poster

    most comprehensive list I´ve ever seen. Thank god there´s no angry birds or cut the rope in this list. such a relief!!

  • Pr1cK

    totally missed iKasoilator, ielectribe.. ikrog… imoog…
    sick apps list though

  • GloWyrm

    Way to leave out vocals moron

  • http://kjsoft.jimiup.com/2013/03/drummaestro/ Kj

    There is DrumMaestro for Drummer! With its high precision built-in metronome (going from 30 to 300 bpm with subdivisions in quarters,octaves, triplets and sixteenths) DrumMaestro can show your strokes precision and accuracy and calculate the average bpm speed you are capable of simply detecting strokes sound through iphone’s internal microphone or connecting a triggered pad/drum to the iphone’s mic input (using an adaptor).

  • jimi

    You have forgotten DrumMaestro ;)
    DrumMaestro is a must have app for all the drummers around the store.
    With its high precision built-in metronome (going from 30 to 300 bpm with
    subdivisions in quarters,octaves, triplets and sixteenths) DrumMaestro
    can show your strokes precision and accuracy and calculate the average
    bpm speed you are capable of simply detecting strokes sound through
    iphone’s internal microphone.
    https://itunes.apple.com/it/app/drummaestro/id613646640?l=en&mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D2

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