Awesome Apps

Yamaha Song Chords

Song Chords Icon

Okay, like the chord detector app this app is great fun!  The Yamaha Song Chords app is great for guitar or piano students.  With an online store containing over 1,000 songs, the app is unlike other guitar chord apps in that there is a backing band playing with you!  The app features a 16 track song mixer that allows you to remove or add instruments to your backing track as you please.  The app is set up so that the chord symbols are synced to change in time with the music and there are chord references for both guitar and piano.

Here’s a screenshot of my jam session to Blind Melon’s No Rain–AWESOME SONG!

No Rain

I love this app and think it is totally worthwhile.  Song Chords is a free download, however while your first song is free you have to pay to download subsequent songs–$2.99 does feel a little steep BUT these songs can go A LONG way in the classroom!  One great thing they do is provide a preview of the song before you buy it so you can see if it’s something you really want.

This app has great potential for the classroom!  Hook the app up to a sound system and project the app onto your whiteboard using apple TV and you can have your students playing along to any song in no time!

Coolest. App. Ever.

Chord Detector

Okay, I might be exaggerating a little.  There are plenty of cool apps out there and I’ve barely started to scratch the surface on my blog here.  I will say that the one I am introducing today is pretty darn awesome.  Why?  Because before this app I used to have to troll Ultimate Guitar in hope of finding the tab/chords for the latest catchy radio hits that I wanted to learn on guitar (Ultimate Guitar also has  a great app by the way called Ultimate Guitar Tabs that is really worth checking out).  But then I stumbled upon this little beauty.  Behold, Chord DetectorChord Detector takes any song from your iTunes library and gives you the chords and chord charts for it.

Chord Detector--Three Little Birds

Totally.  AWESOME!  What I also love about this app is that you can play the song through the app and as the song is playing you can set the chords to scroll or have them highlighted red so that you can follow along!


Practicing Your Instrument Can Be Fun!

My Note Games

Here’s one for the beginning band teacher or private instrumental studio teacher, meet My Note Games.  The My Note Games app is available as a free download on itunes for both the iphone and ipad.  It’s an interactive app that utilizes the microphone in the ipad or iphone so that students can use their instruments to play video games that revolve around reading and notating music!  The app is set up for piano, guitar, recorder, trumpet, soprano/alto/tenor/baritone saxophone, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, soprano/contralto/tenor/baritone voice, whistling, violin, viola, cello, and fingers.  The games of My Note Games are:

Hear It, Note It!– Listen to the music and notate what you hear.


Tap That Note– Tap the buttons to name the note.  Great for learning to read the notes on the various music staves.


Play That Note– Recognizes the notes you play on your instrument.


Play-A-Day– Interactive lessons for your instrument where you learn to play simple tunes that get progressively more difficult as you master them.


Play-A-Carol– Play, sing and whistle carols.  Get a score for accuracy.


Toonr the Tuner– See the note you are playing displayed on the screen and watch what happens as you play.


One thing I do want to note is that the app is free to download but there comes a point where you have to buy the games if you want to keep advancing.  You can buy each game individually, which costs anywhere from 99 cents to $2.99 depending on the game, or you can buy all of the games for $6.99.  Not a bad deal for all that you get!