Music is an art which exists in different forms around the globe. It varies depending upon culture and society, but always has a distinct style and feeling. Today, it has become a huge industry and evolved with the development of technology.
If you intend to learn any kind of music instrument, you don’t necessarily need to pay a tutor or buy that instrument at the outset; technology in the form of iPhone applications is there to instruct, guide, and assist you. Today we’ll be looking at a selection of different software for music enthusiasts – whatever instrument you specialise in!
iPhone Apps for Guitarists
This application simulates a guitar on your iPhone in an amazing way. It has been developed to test the theory that any song can be played with four chords. The characteristic of sound can be changed to either electric or acoustic. It is configurable for left or right handed persons and, if you have learnt the basics, you can add distortion or shredding for professional practice.
This is best companion for beginners with a “guitar dictionary”. The chord library contains all 12 keys and 40 chord types, and it will guide you on finger positions and chord practice. It also includes lessons from expert guitarists which are put in different categories like Blues or Funk for easy selection. A special mode in the application allows you to play chords on a realistically-sized fret board.
A beautiful application for Guitar Learners which lets you view each chord in first position and then strum the virtual strings to play. The application also has a digitally sampled sound library that allows users to hear the actual sound of a chord.
Using this application, you can play selected sounds from six guitars which are Acoustic-Electric, Electric, Classical, Muted, Electric Bass and Ukulele. Effects like Distortion, Chorus and Delay and edit parameters can be inserted.
This is the ultimate tool to tune your guitar using an iPhone. It has support for multiple instruments with a library of more than 500,000 chords. You can learn chords using Chord Finder feature – this will tell you what chord has been played when you touch the notes on the fretboard that constitutes a chord.
iPhone Apps for Drummers
Whether you are a professional drummer or beginner, Drum Kit can be very useful. It contains a six piece kit and it’s easy to collaborate with another drummer colleague. The user can play the drums while music is running in the background for better practice.
This free drum machine can assist you in creating sound beats comfortably on the iPhone. It helps you along with in-built samples, and a rhythm can be generated using a drag and drop pattern editor.
If you want the feeling of playing in a concert or recording in a studio using a real drum kit, this application aims to recreate the experience. It incorporates a nine piece drum kit, and a realistic stage lit with spot lights. A video can also be recorded in which the camera covers the whole span of 3D stage.
This can be an awesome reference book for skilled or novice drummers. It contains all 40 standard drum principles along with full length sets of drum beats. Notation and audio is available for every entry.
iPhone Apps for DJs and Mixers
The developers have built this application for iPhone users using their patented “groove generator” technology. The user can mix hundreds of loops in infinite ways, and edit a soundtrack in real time. A drag and drag visual interface is available for track sequencing.
If you are looking for an application to test or improve your DJ skills, you should give this a chance. The software can play a continuous mix of your music collection with smooth fades or you can mix tracks yourself. Features include beat matching, music syncing, pitch control, interactive mixing, a visual display, and many more.
You can (supposedly!) become T-Pain with this iPhone application in the palm of your hand. The user just needs to select one of the available T-Pain tracks and sing in the iPhone mic. The application will auto tune your voice, and you can share the song over social networks with a single button.
iPhone Apps for Pianists
You don’t need to be a master to play the piano with this application. The application displays a scrolling guide which acts as your instructor and, by following the guide, you can pick up the basics of piano fairly quickly.
This application uses an intuitive way to test your skill – you have to match the correct letter by tipping the virtual keyboard to match the note displayed on the screen. The application also features an option to record your song.
iPhone Apps for Instrument Tuning
Cleartune’s chromatic tuner lets you adjust an instrument swiftly and effortlessly. It’s Note Wheel feature can let you easily find your pitch, coupled with a highly responsive fine-tuning meter.
This application is appropriate to fine tune a range of musical instruments in it’s chromatic mode. There is an automatic mode available in which the application becomes a clever and real time tuner for guitar and bass, and there are plenty more features to explore.
Synthesizer iPhone Apps
If you are in search of a pocket synthesizer, try this one. The impressive feature set includes studio quality sounds, stage safe keyboard implementation, customizable impression control and plenty more.
This is another useful synthesizer designed specifically for iPhone users. It incorporates a slide friendly keyboard with zero latency. Features like a full recording and playback module, an audio file browser and capability to export via Wi-Fi make can make it a solid app worth giving a try
Miscellaneous Music Apps
We’d be remiss not to mention the novel Ocarina, which uses the iPhone’s hardware in a very delicate manner. You create music by blowing air into the microphone, play notes with different finger combinations on-screen, and change the rate and depth of vibrato by tilting the phone.
Ocarina brings music enthusiasts across the globe closer by allowing users to listen the creations of other players. Great fun, and very different!
Whether you’re wanting to learn more about a specific instrument, make sure you’re in tune, or just produce some funky sounds on your iPhone, there’s something fun for you here. Obviously there’s no way that a phone will ever come close to actually playing the guitar or piano, but it’s certainly a novel way to learn the basic theory and idea!
Are there any other musical marvels that you’ve tried on the iPhone? We’d love to hear about them in the comments!