Top Apps, Websites and Tech Products for Learning to Play a Musical Instrument
The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) salutes the leading digital apps, websites and tech products that inspire people to play a musical instrument. These new tools from the tech world make learning to play music more tangible for aspiring musicians, as NAMM asks people to feel the benefits and joy of music making during its annual National Wanna Play Music Week, May 7-13, 2012. From interactive video games to a pocket-sized teaching app, learning to play a musical instrument has never been more accessible to more people. Today, NAMM encourages people of all ages to check out the top-15 user-friendly, affordable tech products for starting to play music:
This full-featured ukulele chord dictionary provides instant access to thousands of chords in all 12 keys. Each chord can also be heard either as a chord or individual notes to double check your fingering.
Learn Piano HD
Through a series of 27 video lessons including easy-to-understand diagrams, learn all the basic piano essentials and learn at your own pace. .
This app is like having a beat machine in your pocket! Make beats and play them with the most common drum kit sounds.
Best-rated free metronome with a visual beat counter – great for everyone!
Free cloud-based social music studio – great for teens!
Learn Music Notes
Free and simple game makes learning musical notes easy and fun – great for kids!
The Grateful Dead – Europe ’72: Rock Prodigy™ App
This app acts as your personal music teacher, walking you through songs note-for-note to Jerry Garcia’s guitar from the legendary tour. It even provides feedback as you hit each note.
Print music sheets and write your own music online with Noteflight. Create, view, print and hear music notation with professional quality right in your web browser.
This online audio editor can be used to remix music tracks and audio clips, apply sound effects and record your own voice or instruments.
This online tool makes it easy to broadcast live to the web, Facebook, and mobile devices. Just download the free app and share your broadcast instantly using your live URL. Mixlr is perfect for podcasters, bands, live acts, DJs, conference organizers, journalists and anyone who wants to easily broadcast live on the web.
The leading site for online guitar instruction, JamPlay.com is a subscription-based service that allows you to access any lesson, from any teacher, at anytime. The site publishes around 11 hours of new guitar lessons every 30 days, providing streaming video lessons to keep your playing focused and inspired. Features include a member community, live chats with music teachers, printable materials, comprehensive libraries, memorization games and lots more.
Get-Tuned.com provides online instrument tuners and teaches you tuning methods for guitar, bass, violin, cello, banjo, ukulele, mandolin, harmonica and other instruments. The site also features an online metronome to help you stay on tempo while practicing.
The gPad turns your iPad or iPhone into an instant guitar or ukulele. These guitar-shaped wooden frames are made to hold an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch so you can play any touch-screen musical app – you can even bend the notes by moving the neck. Choose from the Mini g Uke or gPad Classic Guitar.
The Fretlight 411 Guitar features the Fretlight neck – a patented Advanced Polymer Fretboard. The world's only built-in LED learning system lets you see fingering positions light up right on the Fretlight fingerboard. The built-in tuner provides a convenient solution for fast, accurate tuning. You can download thousands of user-created songs from many tablature websites and watch them all light up your Fretlight guitar.
Rock Band 3
Rock Band 3 now helps players develop actual musical skills through Rock Band Pro gameplay. Pro Drums supports three expansion cymbals, with gameplay differentiation between toms and cymbals. Pro Keys features pitch-accurate keyboard performance across a two-octave range, displayed on an easy-to-read keyboard track. Pro Guitar features notated guitar and bass performances, available for play with a new guitar/controller hybrid – a fully functional, full-sized, six-string electric guitar that also functions as a game controller.
About NAMM's Wanna Play? Public Awareness Campaign
NAMM's national Wanna Play? public awareness campaign is dedicated to increasing awareness of the proven benefits of playing musical instruments for people of all ages. Since the campaign's launch in November 2006, the key messages about the fun and many proven benefits of playing music have reached millions of people through national public relations efforts. In addition, Wanna Play? has the support of more than 100 celebrities, including John Stamos, Jack Black, Jeff Daniels, Robert Downey Jr., Band from TV, Orianthi, and Gary Sinise. For more information and to get involved, interested parties can visit www.wannaplaymusic.com.