If you are an excited musician or songwriter, you found the right place. We are also excited to provide you with the opportunity to expand your skill set and stay updated on the latest news. Having the talent and the passion to succeed in the music industry is important, yet not enough – you must own the necessary tools as well.
Here are five of the most useful apps for every musician or songwriter! Take a look, try them out, and let us know what you think.
Evernote is an amazing application for songwriting! The website’s friendly interface allows you to access it quickly and with no problems. Open up an online notepad and start working on your piece. Your writing is automatically saved on Evernote’s cloud, so there’s no need to worry about losing your files. Also, you can find your content online anytime, anywhere, so using another computer is no problem either, in case yours is not available.
Evernote’s latest promotion has attracted an incredibly high number of clients – they promise to give customers 40% off if signing up for a Premium subscription. If you are not interested, you could also sign up for free. Try it out and see what it has to offer!
Lara Christian, writer and musician at SongBeats, shares her expert opinion. “If you expect someone to write songs for you, Evernote is not for you. It’s not like screaming ‘do my college homework!’ to your best friend and immediately getting a response. Evernote is just a tool – you must work hard for what you want to accomplish.”
Writer’s block – we don’t want to get into that, do we? It’s a pain in the bum only thinking about it. That’s why we have Suggester – to help us, musicians, get through hard times and challenging situations. This amazing tool will help you ‘find chords that work together, build musical phrases, and hear how your songs sound,’ according to Apple reviews.
There are two ways in which you could work with this app – either forward or backward. If you choose the first option, you can build up your song based on the suggestions that you get. If you choose the second, all you have to do is pick a set of chords from the catalog, and work on it the other way around!
Believe it or not, Shazam is an incredible app to have on your phone if you are a musician! Whenever you hear a song yet have no idea what’s it called, open up Shazam and find out! Musicians should constantly listen to different genres and get insights and tips from various professionals. This app helps you accomplish this task – you can also follow artists on Shazam, see what they’ve been posting, and listen to their tracks. Pretty cool, huh?
If you are a young artist, you could open up a page and have people follow you. This app is also good for connecting with your fans and sharing your music with even more people!
The Drum Machine
A helpful tool to download on your iPad, DM1 plays a vital role in any musician’s life. You can find a virtual piano or guitar within the app’s features. They will allow you to play your favorite instruments anywhere you are – on the bus, train, at school, at work, etc. The touch screen provided comes with an interesting imitation of drum pads.
The cons: yes, of course it doesn’t compare to playing live instruments (sensitivity issues), but it’s a great way to practice while on the road! Maximizing your efficiency is crucial.
Especially designed for guitarists, TEFview is another great app to download on your iPad. Its features allow you to play with speed control – you can speed up or slow down your songs as you wish. Printing out the song tabs straight from the app is another advantage of using TEFview.
According to Android reviews, ‘the app allows you to view, print, and listen to ASCII tablatures, ABC tunes, MIDI, PowerTab, TabRite, GuitarPro and MusicXML files.’ You can download it on both iOS and Android devices!
If you are a songwriter or a musician, you must try out the above apps! If you don’t like them, there’s nothing you’ll lose, but you get the experience of working with them. I am sure their advanced features will open up new doors for you and help you expand your skills even more. Good luck!