Gone are the days of heading to music retail stores every time you need a music resource. Much of what you need can be found for free on the web or on your phone or iPad. There are countless free or nearly free apps to assist with your music education and career. To get you started in your search, here are 7 great free music apps for IOS.
1. Pro Metronome
There are a lot of free metronome apps, but I really liked this one for its intuitive interface and its tapping feature. If you aren’t sure which tempo you want, you can tap the screen and the app will find the tempo for you as soon as you press play. As an added bonus, you can get the metronome on your Apple Watch as well and simply tap your watch screen to help you find a beat.
This app is now an oldie, but a goodie nonetheless. Ever hear a song and wish you knew what it was so that you can look it up (and maybe learn it) later? You no longer have to google some of the lyrics to try to find a title. Just pull up your Shazam app, hit the button, and discover your song. It’ll even link to the Apple music store so that you can find it there.
This is a fun one. You can use it to find live concerts–anything from Frank Sinatra, to Wagner, to Imagine Dragons. If you’re a performer, I can’t stress enough how useful it is to watch live performances in order to get ideas about what you like and don’t like when it comes to movement and stage presence. This app is free but includes in-app purchases of the concerts.
Okay, I’m going to go out on a limb and say that you already know about YouTube, but it’s never a bad reminder that you can get practically every popular recorded song, along with a wide variety of covers, for free at any time. I love YouTube for learning music on the fly, watching live performances to get new ideas for interpretation, and getting suggestions for other similar music.
You no longer need a separate device to help you tune your guitar, bass, or ukulele. This free, intuitive app is all you have to use (along with your instrument, of course).
6. Pocket Pitch
Remember pitch pipes? They’re what a cappella groups used to use (and maybe still do for vintage charm) to find a starting note. Now you can just find your note on your phone. If you’re going for a live audition (think The Voice and other shows like it) and don’t have accompaniment, or if you’re going to perform the National Anthem and don’t want to accidentally start debilitatingly high, it’s a wonderful tool to help you get a starting pitch.
If you’re a musician, you probably know more songs than you can easily keep track of. When a performance comes, you then need to waste a bunch of time trying to figure out what you have ready. This app is a great way to chronicle all the songs you have in your back pocket so that you quickly scan through them and make a setlist. As a bonus, you can also keep track of lyrics and chords within the app.