The internet has changed the way the world does everything—including learning music. These days, some people go online for inspiration and education. While we would never recommend teaching oneself from a phone app alone, these tools make a great supplement to the education process.
Phone apps (or tablet apps) can kick start a child’s interest in music, they can offer a practice guide for an established musician, or simply give someone inspiration to pick up their instrument again.
So, where do we start? A quick online search will reveal hundreds upon hundreds of music education apps on the market. Depending on your needs, there’s just about everything. Some are good, some are useless, most are counter productive.
This post is dedicated to the best free music education apps I’ve come across. Keep in mind, you get what you pay for; these apps can only do so much. At the end of the day, progress in music education comes down to practice and performance.
Hopefully, these apps will help you get there.
Music Learning Lab This is great for kids; it’s a blast. I came across this app while doing research for this article, about an hour later I found myself still playing. If you have a young one thinking about music lessons, or just beginning and needs a little extra inspiration to practice at home, this is a great way to go. There’s even cartoons.
Guitar Jam Tracks I’ve been using this one for a little while. As most these apps go, there’s pro versions you can pay for. This, however, is the most giving free music app I’ve come across. Here’s the gist: It’s preloaded with blues tracks for you to practice scales on top of. Not only does it give every key (major/minor), but it gives you the scales to practice with at the same time. It’s awesome.
Metronome Pro 2.0 Every musician should have a metronome. Good news, they’re free now. The Metronome Pro 2.0 by EUM completely squashes the competition. There’s a brand new settings interface, customizable time signatures, easier access to accent settings—you can swipe the BMP to change the speed (which is always fun). I don’t have much else to say other than this is the metronome you want!
Bongos You can file this one under “fun.” There’s not much to take away from this app, other than that it inspires the user to play bongos. So that’s always good. It’s a lot of fun. This would be a great way to introduce the concept of hand percussion to someone. Depending on where you strike the skin of the bongo, you will get a different sound. There’s also a cowbell for good measure.
Check out their website here.
Burp and Fart Piano Yes, it’s exactly how it sounds. This wont exactly help you learn your instrument any better, but you will be able to theoretically construct an entire song out of burp and fart noises. I think you get the gist.