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April App Share

So April is upon us so we thought we’d shower you with 3 more apps this month. So get your tablet or smartphone at the ready and make sure you’re no music technology fool!

Let us know what you think of these apps and let us know which you’ve been play with recently. Contact us on Facebook or Twitter with your favourites, and visit App Share to see more of ours!

6a00d83452e46469e2019b014ad69f970d-400wiiReal Pro (£9.99 on iOS or £10.70 on Android)

Perfect for: All ages.

What is it? Based on the famous jazz Realbooks, iRealPro is a brilliant tool for creating chord progressions in the form of lead sheets that you can listen to and play over. The app comes with plenty of songs ready to use as backing tracks straight away, but the ability to create and save your own makes it ideal for songwriters and solo instrumentalists alike. The online forum has thousands of tracks available to download for free making it a great value app.

Why do we love it? There are loads of features on iRealPro that make it a must-have for musicians of all abilities. The app shows you chords diagrams for Guitar, Piano and Ukelele as you play through a song to help you progress on your instrument. For those wanting a challenge, the automatic tempo increase and automatic transposition elements allow your practice sessions to get harder as you get better.

screen480x480 (3)forScore (£7.99 on iOS)

Perfect for: All ages.

What is it? forScore is a music and pdf reader for the iPad with a difference. The features include an in-app metronome which can be set as a sound or as the brightness ‘blinking’ in time. Musicians are able to annotate any sheet music they download as they would for a performance on real sheet music. There’s even an option for hands-free page turning, meaning you never have to skip a page again!

Why do we love it? One of the most helpful things about forScore is its ability to organise all of your music for you instantly. No matter how much music you have in your collection, you can quickly search by composer, song title and how long you’ve had the piece in the app’s library. There’s an impressive amount of free music available on the marketplace, but users can also add any music that they own as a pdf and carry their sheet music collection around all in one place.

2013_09_com.ovelin.guitartuna_pic_1guitartuna (Free on iOS and Android)

Perfect for: All ages.

What is it? At first it may seem like just another app for tuning your guitar, but guitartuna has an amazing number of features which make it much more than that. The full version of the app includes easy and accurate tuning for a whole host of string instruments from guitars and basses to cavaquinhos and balalaikas. What’s more, it contains the most popular alternative tunings for each instrument, allowing for quick changing between songs.

Why do we love it? As well as the extensive tuning features, guitartuna also comes with easy-to-read chord charts for the guitar, letting you recap on those trickier chords quickly before you play. The in-app games are designed to teach you chords and chord patterns and eventually master them by playing from memory, with real-time feedback on how you’re progressing.

To view more of our favourite apps and start app-lying yourself to music technology visit our App Share page.


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