Best Apps for Classical Musicians

Awesome and Useful Music Apps for iPhones and iPads

Thanks to modern technology and Apple, music apps which aid all types of musicians are plentiful and readily available.  Here are the best apps for classical musicians.  From chord progressions to keeping the beat, these awesome iPhone and iPad apps for classical musicians are definitely worth checking out!

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Polychord by Shoulda Woulda Coulda Inc
Shoulda Woulda Coulda Inc

Polychord is a music app made exclusively for the iPad.  It's essentially a chord maker, great for singer/song writers and composers.  The app allows up to 10 fingers at once functionality to create "chord progressions, melodies, and harmonies."

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Cleartune - Chromatic Tuner by Bitcount
Cleartune - Chromatic Tuner by Bitcount. Bitcount

Cleartune is a great music app for musicians that allows users to tune their instruments quickly and accurately.  The Cleartune music app can tune a variety of instruments including the acoustic guitar, piano, bass, strings, woodwinds, tympani, and more, using the built in mic on your iPhone and iPad.  iPod touch users will have to use an external mic.  The app also includes a pitch pipe.

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Metronome PRO

Metronome PRO by KatokichiSoft
Metronome PRO by KatokichiSoft. KatokichiSoft

With a tempo range of 30 to 208 beats per minute and a variety of preset rhythms, this metronome boasts a lag time of less than 1 millisecond.  The metronome can be set by either dragging the pendulum weight or by inputting the desired tempo into the app.  Preset rhythms include 5/4, 7/4, 9/8, 12/8, Son Clave, Rumba Clave, Bossa nova Clave, and Tinku, and you can also manually adjust the time signature.

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Pro Keys

Pro Keys by BeepStreet
Pro Keys by BeepStreet. BeepStreet

Pro Keys is another useful music app for composers.  This highly rated music app is able to record your compositions as well as your own voice.  The app features a variety of instruments, pitch bend, drum pads, adjustable keyboard sizes, and more.  It can also be played in dual mode with your friend.

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OperaBook by Pasquale Matrisciano
OperaBook by Pasquale Matrisciano. Pasquale Matrisciano

Vocal students and opera lovers will really appreciate this app.  OperaBook holds a wealth of information for 50 different operas including the composer, premiere date, librettest(s), duration, setting, character descriptions as well as the synopsis broken into acts.