The apps below are all excellent tools to assist you with your at home practice. Do you have another favorite that you are using? Let Mr. Whitlock know and your suggestion may be added to this page!
These apps range in price from free to $4.99, with many costing about $2.
TonalEnergy Chromatic Tuner and Metronome (iOS and Android) is an all-in-one app which includes a metronome function in addition to a tuner and tone generator. It is sensitive to a wide range of pitches, has different “difficulty” settings (that is, how close to the pitch you need to be for your note to be considered in tune), and allows you to record yourself while using the tuning or metronome function (so you can do a run-through and actually focus on playing, instead of staring at your phone the whole time).
Improve your sight reading skills using Music Tutor (iOS and Andriod). This is a perfect tool for people learning music. Choose to practice between treble, bass or both kind of notes for a duration of 1, 5 or 10 minutes. Try to make a higher score each time. After each test, you can review your mistakes. With Game Center integration, the app keeps track of your high scores too.
GarageBand (iOS only) turns your iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch into a collection of Touch Instruments and a full-featured recording studio — so you can make music anywhere you go. Use multi-touch gestures to play a piano, organ, guitar, and drums. Record performances from third-party music and effect apps directly into GarageBand using Inter-App Audio in iOS 8. And share your song using email, Facebook, YouTube, SoundCloud, or AirDrop for iOS.
Cleartune (iOS and Andriod) is a simple and easy-to-use tuner and tone generator with a nice big display that is easy to read from a distance (even on your phone). It also offers a variety of pitch and temperament settings – with custom presets – which can be handy for those who frequently have to switch between modern and baroque instruments, for instance.
insTuner (iOS only) boasts a clean, modern-looking interface, a set of presets optimized for different instruments, and a variety of tuning modes. When using Instant-Tuning mode, for instance, the display flashes green if your note is in tune, and if you’re out of tune, the app uses a red bar and displays text telling you to go up or down. There is also a Fine-Tuning mode (similar to Cleartune’s look) and a Strobe mode.
Metronome Plus (iOS only) is a simple, elegant, and easy to use metronome app. It’s accurate and loud, includes a tapping feature to gauge tempo, and allows for some customization of meters. It also has multitasking capabilities, so you could read sheet music on your iPad, while keeping the metronome going in the background. But most of all, Metronome Plus is easy to use, and has a beautifully uncluttered interface. It’s about as intuitive and visually attractive a metronome app as you’ll find.
Tempo (iOS & Android) and its more full-featured sibling Tempo Advance (iOS only) is another popular metronome app. Offers the usual range of features, from a variety of time signatures and compound meters to saving of custom rhythm presents and the ability to keep the metronome going even when your device is locked or running another app. The Advance version adds additional customization options and nice little touches like the ability to control the volume of the app independently of the phone’s volume.