Practice+ developed by Dynamic App Design is a new app available for musicians. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch ( iOS 7.0 or later), Practice+ is meant to be a complete toolkit for practicing and performing. There are some neat tools that are included in this app. Very first recommendation I have for you is to use this app in landscape mode simply by turning your device… more options and information will be easily available in this mode.
First you can change the color of the app, which is a fun little tool. My favorite color is purple so I switched mine to purple.
Practice+ includes a tuner, so you no longer need a separate tuner app to use. The tuner range is from C2-C8. In addition there is a pitch player feature that checks your intonation. Pitch playback range C2-C7.
Practice+ also includes a fully featured metronome. You can customize meters, accents, subdivisions, sounds and more. It even includes a ‘tap’ option where you tap the tempo and it shows you what number to set. Another feature that I like on the metronome is the “flash” option where the bar lights up. I like having this option available especially if you don’t want to hear the metronome but want a visual that stands out.
The Recorder feature will allow you to record and share your practice sessions right from your device. You can record with or without the metronome on and then email the recording. You can also create set lists. Want to come back to practice a particular piece, create a set list and save it, then come back to it!
And now my most favorite part of this app is the practice mode. Practice mode allows you to loop difficult passages and increase tempo automatically with each repetition. This is the mode that I think this app is named after and what sets it apart then most other “metronome” apps.
So in the screen shot below you will see the #4 on the left and #2 on the right. Then at the bottom you will see the metronome is set at 160. #4 is talking about how many loops. #2 is how many bpm the metronome will go up each repetition. So after 4 loops, it will go up to 162, then another 4 loops it will go up to 164, and so on… (or you can set it to decrease) I love this as it encourages students to practice in sections but also is a great tool to use when they need to start picking up the tempo of a piece and need to start increasing gradually. The practice mode is totally customizable.
Like most, I am a visual learner so I always go to YouTube to see if there are tutorials that will help me make the most out of an app or product I have bought. Sure enough there were a couple available for Practice+. Here is one I found really helpful.
You can find more information about the app by visiting the Practice+ website here. Practice+ is available on the app store for $3.99. Very reasonable for a helpful practice app! This is a great one to tell students about! Joe LeBlanc, creator of Practice+ offered to giveaway some promo codes for this app!
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