• Lilly Yang

What's on my iPad | My Must-Have Music-Related Apps

Updated: Oct 24, 2021

Hello fluters! Welcome back to another blog post. Today I'll be going through some of my favourite music-related iPad apps that I use on a daily basis.


Let's get started!



1. ForScore 📱

Every single classical musician I know uses this app to store digital scans of their music. It's a sheet-music app that has a super cleaning operating system and has a lot of useful editing features.


If you have an Apple pencil, it feels just like writing on paper manuscript.


It's very easy to import PDF files and photo scans into the app. Thanks to this app I was able to bring my entire music library with me when I relocated across the country a few years ago. This saved me from carrying about 10kgs worth of manuscript and from printing out so much music from musical performances.


It has a one-time cost of AUD$31 to install and you get access to some fantastic basic features. ForScore also offers a premium subscription that gives you access to some additional features such as sheet music you can access via the app and moving your head to turn the page.



2. Metronome Apps 📱

A metronome app is a must-have for me. Nowadays you can find so many different free ones on the app store.


My personal favourite metronome app is Tempo by FrozenApe (one-time cost of AUD$5.50)


They also have a lite version which is free and works great with just its basic metronome features.


Other metronome apps I have downloaded and would recommend are:

🎧Metronome by Soundbrenner (free to download)

🎧Tunable (AUD$6)

🎧Total Energy Tuner & Metronome (AUD$6)



3. Tuning Apps 📱

I personally still use a separate tuning machine as I find that they work better for the high frequency notes on the flute's upper octaves and piccolo. However, it doesn't hurt to have a good tuner app downloaded in case you need to do any quick checks.


The tuning apps I have on my iPad are:

🎻Tunable (AUD$6)

🎻TonalEnergy Tuner & Metronome (AUD$6)


I like Tunable because it shows the sound waves when you play so you can also use it to track how your pitch oscillates when using vibrato.


Total Energy is great because you can select which keys you want to tune in and practice tuning intervals in different keys.


This is great because, for those of you who are a little more advanced, you get to learn how the notes need to be adjusted from the base note you are tuning to.


Another thing is that, for extra motivation, Total Energy will show you a big green smiley face that expands and explodes if you hold a note in-tune for long enough.



There you have it! Those are music-related iPad apps that I use on a daily basis.


For more flute-related resources, please feel free to check out my other blog posts. Until next time, happy fluting and see you in the next article!




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