Practice App for Musicians – Tracks rehearsal and practice – FREE and iphone App

26 05 2012

I was looking for an app that would let students keep track of their rehearsal time in a method that included more than just how many minutes a day.  I wanted them to create a much more informative log.  I think this is it and it also has an iphone app to boot and it is FREE.  Students can record their rehearsal into the online program and teachers can track their students.





Great Post on Music Apps for the iPhone

15 03 2011

If you own an ipod touch, iphone, or if you are really lucky one of the new iPad 2 and are wondering what music apps might be available for your interface look no further. AppStorm has created a wonderful blog post of 100 music apps that is incredibly useful. Check it out HERE.





My Perspective – My Most Useful Music App for Teaching

8 01 2011

Everyone is making lists of their favorite apps from 2010. For me making a list is too finite. There are so many great apps out their but my most useful app that I used in 2010 as a music educator that I would not want to do without is NoteFlight. It is a music notation and playback application that has made a huge difference in my classroom. NoteFlight is not a granddaddy music publishing and notation software like Sibelius or Finale. However, it does include all of the most common and useful features you would need to teach general music and composition. My students make use of the fact that you can notate and print, save as a sound file, or a midi file for import into GarageBand (or other music DAW software). And the basic student membership to NoteFlight is free, it is online web software so the platform of computers you are using does not make a difference. Homework can be done with any computer with an internet hookup. Teachers and heavier users can buy a higher level membership at a very affordable price that allows more flexibility for sharing to larger numbers of students. This allows templates of exercises that can be shared online. I also can make comments in text on the music and share it back with the students. And not least the Interface is the best I have come across for notation software. It is simple, clean, and easy to use. No need for thick and heavy manuals. Check it out at NoteFlight.com.





Create Your Own Custom Ring Tones for the iPhone

31 12 2010

I finally got my iphone for Christmas. Thanks family for finally coming through. (it has been the main thing on my list for a couple of years). I love it but the ringtone selection is very limited. If you have an iphone and are getting tired of the same old ringtones why not use some of the great music you have in your itunes collection as a ringtone. eHow has made a clear and easy posting on how to do it. Just go HERE for the posting.





Amplitude App for the iPad – An amp in your phone or ipad.

24 07 2010

Guitar players will be extremely happy to hear that Amplitude effect and amp simulator has just been released for the iPad as well as as the iphone. You can get it at the iTunes store. Just open your iTunes and click on the iTunes store and do a search for Amplitude. IK Multimedia developed this software and is has developed several interesting and useful music applications.

If you use an iPad on stage, check out this really cool holder for the iPad. It is also made by IK Multimedia and attaches to a music or mic stand. No more getting your iPad kicked around or dropped on the floor. Plus it is at the optimum height and position to manipulate your apps on the fly while strumming your power chords. Check it OUT





Music Notation App for the iPad

13 07 2010

Symphony Pro

The iPad has already proven to be a cool and useful interface for music but one app that is very exciting for me is a music notation app called “Symphony Pro”. For music composition and music education the ability to create music via notation is one of the best ways to learn how music is put together and developed. Check it out.





Gigging Apps for Guitar Players – An Effects Rack in Your Pocket

21 05 2010

Most of my articles on this blog are slanted for educators but here is one for gigging musicians, specifically guitar players. After working as a gigging musician for so many years I really appreciated this application when I came across it while investigation useful ipod and ipad music applications. I found it mentioned on a great blog called “IK Multi Media, Musicians First”.

It is called the iRig by AmpliTube. Guitarists have always been interested in new gadgets and effects and almost always fighting with buzz caused by a multitude of patch cables in their systems. Several years back a few companies started to manufacture multipurpose guitar effect foot controllers that cut down on all the stuff and cables but this new iRig app is just too sweet. It is a small plug in that works as an adapter so you can plug it into your iphone and then plug your guitar using a regular 1/4″ lead into it. It also has a line out for headphones or to go to your amp. I live in Tokyo and I see guitarists taking trains with all their gear and I would think this would be a wonderful solution for most gigs.