It seems that nary an Apple event or tablet commercial can exist without showcasing the tablet as a device to make music. Of course there are apps that allow you to make music like Magic Piano that we profiled last week, but what sort of apps are great for musicians whose instruments are not tablets?
You know when we mentioned apps being showcased in ads? Well this is the one you see in many an Apple ad. This app teaches you notes, quizzes you and is a great learning tool for the aspiring musician. The new musicians in our lives have declared it the best $3 they have ever spent. $2.99
This app does exactly what its name implies, it helps you to write songs. This is not the kind of app that gives you suggestions, but is instead a simple tool for recording thoughts and writing songs. Free, $4.99
Ultimate Guitar Tabs HD:
While the guitar is not my instrument of choice, the guitar players in my life have spoken several times about how useful this app is. It's a fairly reliable database of hundreds of thousands of tabs and is very helpful to have. The iPad app is free and you pay for a subscription to Ultimate Guitar but on the phone versions, Android, iPhone, and Windows Phone 7, you pay $2.99 for the app and are granted access to the tab database. Pro versions for iPhone & Android are $3.99
Simple sheet music repository app. The app is free and you can purchase sheet music from the Musicnotes database that will sync across your devices via your Musicnotes account. Also available on iPad. Free
aABC Music Browser:
One of the top rated apps for scores on Android. It's no surprise considering the app allows for device rotation which is a bit of a rare thing when it comes to inexpensive music score apps. $3.99
This app goes far beyond the other song writing app we listed above, it's more than just a text editor and suggests rhyming words, provides definitions and contains a word and phrase generator. Also available as a free version and for iPad . $9.99
What apps do you like to use when you create and make music?
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