It used to be that the only way to become a musician was to pick up an instrument and learn how to play it. Thanks to advances in technology, learning an instrument or writing music is so much easier. There are many different apps on the market that will help beginners become master musicians and even help them get their music out there for the world to enjoy. Here are some of the top apps for musicians designed mostly for beginners or intermediates.
By far the best app for musicians, GarageBand is a full recording studio directly on your device. Sadly, it is only for iOS devices so Android users don’t get to use it. It has many built in instruments for you to play as if your tablet is a musical instrument or you plug in your own instrument to add sounds. You can tap and swipe your device to create music and it feels like you are really playing an instrument. Use the synthesizer, create loops, include instruments, record your masterpiece, and share it with the world directly from this one music app.
Seriously, it doesn’t get better than GarageBand.
Gstrings is a free tuner for Android that will let you tune any instrument and even your singing voice. There are many tuner apps on the market but Gstrings is one of the best. Its earlier version included an auto-tune feature that isn’t in the new version so it might be best to download the old version from a legitimate APK site if you want that feature. That doesn’t mean the new version isn’t great, too. It allows you to save your own custom tuning settings and has many preset tunings to use.
Notion is a popular notation software that lets you write your own songs. You use the built-in instruments so you can hear how to music will sound. The sheet music has many settings and an easy to use interface. Notion is a Windows program but there is an iOS app that you can use, too. The app has nearly all the same features at the program and you just tap on the screen to place your notes. You can easily sync the app to your Windows program so you can take your work with you on the go.
RecForge is a recording app for Android that lets you record high quality sounds directly to your device. Most built-in recording apps on phones are low quality so you need something better so you music sounds great. It is recommended to use an external microphone along with RecForge because built-in microphones on phones are usually low quality, too. RecForge has two versions: Lite and Pro. Lite is free but pauses recording every three minutes which can be very annoying. Pro is paid but removes the pausing problem.
Tempo is the top selling metronome app for iOS devices. Whether a beginner musician or intermediate, having a metronome is vital to you craft. Tempo has been hailed at the most accurate metronome. It comes with several different sounds including the common clicking or even voice counting. You can save different set lists for easy access when you need them.
This app is perfect for beginners just learning to read sheet music or intermediate musicians that want to get faster at reading sheet music. Note Trainer is more like a game than anything else. Since it is like a game, you have fun learning notes. You will get faster and faster at reading notes without even realizing you are doing it. Note Trainer Lite is a free version that contains ads and doesn’t include sharps and flats. Note Trainer Pro removes ads, and includes sharps and flats.
Songwriter’s Pad is an app that helps you write songs. If you want to try your hand at writing songs then this app will make things easier. If you already write songs but are having some writer’s block, then Songwriter’s Pad will make things easier, too. The app provides sentences to give you ideas, synonyms to give you better word choices, and other useful tools all in one place. Songwriter’s Pad is primarily a Windows program but there is an Android and iOS version that will sync with your computer program so you can take your songwriter on the go with you.
Shazam is a nifty app for any music lover but can be very useful for musicians. Whenever you hear a song playing and you want to know who sings it or the name of the song you can use Shazam to find out. You use the microphone on your device while Shazam is open and it will listen to the lyrics and music. After a few moments, Shazam will have found the song for you and all the information you could possibly want about it. This is great for musicians who want to cover songs and need the information on them to do so.
Yousician is the app for you if you want to learn how to play an instrument without actually having to go to lessons with a music teacher. Let your device be your teacher with thousands of lessons for piano, bass, and guitar. Yousician is an excellent learning tool for beginners and intermediate musicians alike. Yousician is primarily a computer program but also has apps that will sync your lesson progress between devices. You can do almost everything on the app that you can with the computer program so if you prefer on-the-go music lessons then the app is the best choice for you.
These are easily the top app for musicians that are beginners or intermediates in the music world. Before long you will be an expert and the world will know and love your music. Give them all a try and decide which ones work best for you and your music skills.