Not that you need more apps for your phone…
….but I just read a Guitar World article about “the 25 best apps”….
If you’ve read my e-mails you know I’m all about efficiency (25 apps is just nonsense).
So here’s what I use. Take ’em or leave ’em.
Also… if you use other apps that you honestly think are helpful... please reply and let me know… I’m curious 🙂
Streaming Music Apps
Even before I switched to Republic Wireless (from Apple to Android), I used Spotify. Granted, I was a bit resistant to it at first….
I always like the idea of owning my own copy of the music file (or just a CD). I didn’t like the idea of paying $9.99 each month to stream music (that I actually didn’t own).
But two things converted me….
1. Since teaching guitar I was purchasing a ton of new music (to learn for lessons) each month.
2. I could write this membership off as a business expense.
So I have been happily using Spotify for a few years now. I like that you can access music offline if needed.
However, some songs/artists are not available… Taylor Swift, I’m looking at you.
So…. In the event that music is missing…. I use………
Google Music App
The Google Music app (iTunes would work equally well).
I like this for two reasons:
1. Several years ago I uploaded ALL OF MY MUSIC to the google music app/software. So now I can access my music from anywhere. Nice.
2. I can buy music from artists that aren’t cool enough to be on Spotify (ahem… Taylor Swift).
Between these two apps, I’m pretty much covered.
- Jotting down blog post ideas
- Jotting down lyrics
- As a virtual notebook (to keep track of what we cover in my guitar lessons).
- To quickly bookmark/save websites that I want to remember
Ultimate-Guitar.com Tabs App
But I will still say some negative things. Mainly, the way they push other features, and they freaking advertisements!
I love that you can instantly transpose a song into a different key.
As a guitar teacher this is invaluable.
As a guitar player (especially if you’re a relative beginner) this makes it easy to play songs that would otherwise be kind of difficult.
I’ve used the songsterr app (and I know some students that like it)… it’s not bad… I just don’t use it that much.
Smart Voice Recorder
Am I missing something?
I’ve tried other apps (certain guitar pedal effects, etc), but they never really stuck.
Did I miss something that you like?
I’d love to hear about it. Let me know in the comments below!