Etude for iPhone


I wouldn’t have noticed this if it wasn’t for Moonbuz’s post on it which got me interested. Usually I wouldn’t look at an app like this, but it has a good range of features and might be really useful.


Here’s the app’s description:

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Etude is sheet music on steroids. Whether you’re an accomplished musician or someone who couldn’t carry a tune given a wheelbarrow, Etude will quickly become an indispensable tool for adding new songs to your repertoire. Choose from hundreds (and soon to be thousands) of songs, hear and see how they should be played, and learn them yourself. From Fur Elise to The Entertainer to The Itsy Bitsy Spider, Etude spans music genres, ages, and difficulty levels to bring a vast assortment of sheet music literally to your fingertips!

HOW IT WORKS
Discover and download sheet music instantly from Etude’s in-app store, where you’ll find hundreds of well known songs (all of which are free right now). Scroll through real sheet music, hear it, and even see where to place your fingers on the keyboard as the notes scroll by at your desired speed. Learning to play new music could not be easier!

INTERFACE

  • Displays authentic, beautifully-engraved sheet music reformatted for optimal viewing on your mobile device
  • Graphical piano keyboard reveals which keys to press at each point
  • Built-in MIDI music synthesizer lets you listen at any speed you’d like
  • Customizable settings let you fine-tune how Etude shows and plays back music

IN-APP “STORE”

  • Access hundreds of songs of all genres and styles and download them instantly to your personal library to play as often as you like.
  • Search or browse by composer, style, staff picks, or most popular
  • All music in the store right now is FREE. In the future, we’ll be working with publishers to bring you premium tracks from current artists.

INTEGRATION

  • Social networking features let you share the music you’re learning with your friends via Facebook and Twitter.
  • View in depth metadata about music, including composer, arranger, year published, and links to further reading on sites like Wikipedia.
  • Connects with the iTunes Music Store to point you at professional performances of the piece you’re trying to master.
I think I might add this to my iTunes wishlist for now and see where this app goes. If you’ve used it an have views please do let me know.

Etude at the app store:
Etude

2 comments

  1. Its not a bad sheet reading app – the piano sound is quite good and the scrolling is in step with the music.
    On the downside, the library of music currently available is very limited. A few fair few Beethoven and Bach songs, a few Mozart and a sprinkling of other composers with a single tune each (presumably to make the list look more impressive). I suppose it depends on what they price the upcoming in-app material as to whether the app is really worth the cost.

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