7 iPhone Apps that can make you a better musician

Are you a musician that owns an iPhone? Take a look down Connor McKnights list of suggest apps that can help you lift you game.

Evolver.fm – iPhone Musician Apps by Connor McKnight

Music teaching apps consistently rank high in the app stores. Tuners, metronomes, digital songbooks, reference guides and more benefit everybody with a smartphone or tablet, from the dorm room dabbler to the gigging professional.

Electronic musicians have been riding the digital wave for some time, but even the open-minded coffee shop crooner can benefit from technology designed to sharpen skills and bring new life to practice routines.

Metronome Plus: The Finest Metronome in the iTunes App Store ($2)

Designed by musicians with ease and simplicity in mind, Metronome Plus is the cleanest, smoothest-operating metronome app we’ve seen for iOS. Simple to use and brilliantly packaged, with no extraneous features or small buttons to fumble over, this app is dead accurate when it counts with user-customizable accents, meters, subdivisions and sounds.

Peterson Strobe Tuners’ iStrobosoft Puts You in Tune for Sure ($10)

Offering an unparalleled degree of precision in a software tuner, the Peterson iStrobosoft is a mobile equivalent to the long line of respected Peterson hardware tuners. This top-choice tuner can be calibrated to within one-tenth of a cent (one-thousandth of a semitone), and comes with built-in input boost and noise cancellation technology to ensure that you’re always tuning to the note that you want to be.

Roni Music’s ‘Amazing Slow Downer‘ Facilitates Song Learning ($15)

Amazing Slow Downer offers users the ability to slow tracks to up to one-fourth of their original tempo without altering pitch or clarity, making it the perfect practice tool for transcribing and playing along with your favorite songs. Features including an adjustable looping function (with Save option), easy transposition and pan controls make this app worth the price.

Free iPhone Guitar Teacher Walksoft ChordBank Helps Write Songs for $4

ChordBank is a comprehensive chord index featuring over 2100 chords in over 20 common qualities. The app’s strengths are its clean interface, fret-position selector and playback options (did we mention it’s free?).

Reverse-Engineer Music With Reverse Chord Finder Pro ($10)

The yin to the Chordbank yang, Reverse Chord Finder Pro bridges the gap between fretboard and lead sheet. This inverse chord index offers the option to input notes on the staff, keyboard or fretboard, allowing users to program chords for up to 12 strings at a time to accommodate a wide variety of fretted instruments. Reverse chord pro also gives three possible chord names for a given fingering and plays back the selection in either block chord or arpeggiated form.

Technimo iReal b Lets You Fake It Until You Make It ($8)

Rebranded for copyright reasons, this is the app formerly known as iReal Book. A ‘fake book’ app that offers an easy way to create, export, print and share chord sheets to popular songs, as well as play them back with a mock three-piece accompaniment in a number of available styles. The app comes with 50 chop-building exercises with additional chord sheets easily downloadable. iReal b also offers in-app purchase of additional comping styles to bolster the included three. The app is compatible with iRig and other quarter-inch connectors for easy jam-along with other benefits including in-song transposition to any key, global transposition to concert keys Eb, Bb, F, G and number system notation, tempo control and looping functions to aid in practice.

Circle of Fifths: Crucial Music Theory Basics for iPhone ($5)

What list of music-education tools would be complete without the circle of fifths? Circle Theory packages this essential musician’s reference tool into an interactive chart that can help musicians of all levels to better understand the fundamentals of Western music theory.

Church music resources

Worship Music

Worship Together
Hillsong Music Australia
Sovereign Grace Music
All Worship
Integrity Music
Higher Praise
Bethel Worship Live — Last.fm
Praise Charts
Lead Worship — Paul Baloche
Worship Matters — Bob Kauflin
Maranatha! Music
Christian Book — Worship Music
Vineyard Music
Songs4Worship

Worship Singing

The Pro Singer — online vocal coaching
Music Academy — Worship Singing
Paul Baloche — Worship Vocal Workshop notes

Piano/keys

Play Piano Today – Worship Piano Lessons
Piano Worship Chords
Piano Chord Chart
Urban Worship – Gospel Keyboard
Greg Howlett – Free Christian Piano Lessons and Arrangements
Introduction to playing keyboards in a church band

Guitar

Worship Guitar Lessons
Guitar Chords
Chord Finder
Music Academy – Worship Guitar
The Guitar Resource
Guitar Tricks
Play worship guitar lessons
Guitarists.net
Music Academy – Worship Bass

Drumming

The Christian Drum Experts
An Introduction to Drums in Worship
Tips on becoming a better drummer
50 tips — Drums
Practice tips for drumming
Drum Grooves for Worship

Melbourne APA Wetpak

We’ve been at our new house for 4 months now, most of that with a very empty beer cupboard, but I’ve been loathe to put a brew on as the quality of the water is so shocking. Apparently the problem is galvanised steel pipes which are clogged up. The water that comes out is discoloured, tastes bad and is at a very low pressure. We asked the landlord to fix it but apparently the cost of replacing all the pipes in the house is more than he is willing to spend, so we just have to cop it.

But the lack of cheap, tasty beer has been getting to me, so I’ve bitten the bullet and put a batch on. Before I left Sydney in 2008, I made sure I had a kit of my favourite homebrew with me — the American Pale Ale wetpak from The Country Brewer. Looking at the history of this site it appears I have not made this kit for 4 years!

Previous brews recorded here:

TCB Wetpak

Fermenting: 02/08/2010 Bottled: 06/11/2010

Ingredients: 3kg can containing light malt extract and hops, 150g of crystal malt, 20g of cascade hops and 10g of Safale s-04 yeast

Add the hopped malt to 3L water, simmer for 1 hour. Steep & sparge grain, then add to pot. Add hops and wait 10 mins.

Pour the hot wort into your fermenting vessel, then top up with water to 22L and add the yeast. Leave it alone to ferment for a week or so, then bottle.

HTC Desire

Due to a combination of circumstances (Priscilla’s phone turning off 50% of the time when someone calls her) and myself wanting to only carry one phone, we’ve both gotten new mobiles. Work was willing to reimburse me for mine (rather than pay for a company phone) but preferred I go with Telstra for their better coverage so we could afford to pay a little more for Priscilla’s than we would otherwise have been able to convince ourselves to.

HTC Desire

As a result, we’ve both now got new HTC Desires running Android 2.1 on Telstra. An excellent phone and certainly rarer than the seemlingly ubiquitous iPhone. Priscilla is loving being connected to her email, messenger & facebook wherever she is, which is a big help given her reduced mobility at present. She’s also taking up the challenge of combining her phone and email contacts and getting them up to date, complete with photos.

As for me, exchange support means email, calendar and contacts all come from work simply (the secret to making it work – add your webmail address rather than your actual server address) and the gmail sync is excellent for all my personal stuff.

We are very happy, now just looking forwards to Android 2.2 coming available on the Telstra Desires, and hopefully keeping up to date over the next 2 years as Google update and improve Android.