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26Jan 2021

What apps should musicians have?

There’s a lot more to a musician’s toolkit than simply owning the right instrument. Along with lugging around their instrument, musicians usually have a metronome, a tuner, cleaning supplies, sometimes a stand, and usually music. And while today’s digital age will never truly replace the physical instrument (and why would you ever want that to happen anyway), there are a number of digital apps that are making things easier for musicians. Here are just a few of the apps every musician should have.

A Tuning App

Every instrumentalist should have a tuning app loaded onto their smartphone. Although tuning to the rest of the ensemble is important, you can get a great headstart by tuning against an app like Cleartune.

A Metronome App

A musician practicing against a metronome is about as fundamental as a basketball player practicing his dribbling skills. Yet, it’s important. Instead of hauling around a mechanical metronome or one of those digital noisemakers from the 1990s, just download an app like Tempo.

A music theory App

While this may not be as obvious as a must-have as the prior two apps in this list, a music theory app is particularly helpful if you need a reminder on certain theory topics like Latin musical vocab words that you see in your score. The app I recommend is Tenuto.

A recording App

While this isn’t necessarily a “music” app, you should know that the “voice notes” app on your phone is a very helpful tool for practice and rehearsal purposes. It’s a great way for you to record yourself and then listen to your recording. You”ll be surprised what mistakes you pick up when listening to the recording that you didn’t catch when playing your instrument.


While musicians continue their great work of entertaining and inspiring the world, hopefully, these digital apps will prove helpful. Of course, you do have a handful of purists that are almost like digital refugees who completely abhor the idea of using digital technology to contaminate the authentic music-making experience. And that’s okay. Whatever works for you works for you, and whatever works for them works for them.