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Pick Your Way to Stardom with Magic Fiddle for the iPad

The brand-new Magic Fiddle iPad app from Smule is going to make your fingers want to fly. You’ll be able to quickly pick up and play songs simply by following colored lights in the Songbook. You don’t need to have any previous musical training to learn how to pick like a pro.

You’ll learn all of the best string skills, such as how to bow, pluck, trill, vibrato and glissandi right on your iPad. Your fiddle takes you on a fun learning adventure with your Storybook. The book is an 8-chapter journey which teaches you different tricks and techniques. You’ll find full-color illustrations and step-by-step instructions to guide you along the way.

Once you feel you’ve mastered a skill or song, you can show off your talents by competing for the high score on the global leaderboards. Play to your heart’s content to earn scores and medals for each song. Your best performances combine to give you your global high score.

You can easily share your favorite performances, listen to what others have come up with and even “like” their creations on the Smule social board. Meet people from all over the world who are interested in music as much as you are.

What other social music apps are you a fan of?

Create Music on the iPad With Zen Sound

It doesn’t matter if you’re a musician or a n00b – Zen Sound will make you sound like a professional. You can improvise awesome-sounding melodies, chords and bass lines without any technical skills at all. Change up the various elements in real-time by tapping on the screen. This creates an ever-evolving tapestry of sounds.

There are five sound sets to explore and create with. They feature a variety of downtempo electronica sounds. Each of the sets has additional loops which can be turned off and on, creating musical arrangements with just a few taps of the finger. There’s an optional metronome included, as well as a button to allow you to clear all of your notes – making it simple to start from scratch.

I have admitted in the past that I’m definitely not a professional musician. I love to play around with instruments, gadgets and music apps though. Zen Sound is seriously cool, and it kept me entertained for a couple of hours. If you’ve created some sick beats using this app, why not share them with the rest of us?

What is Your Favorite iPad App?

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Someone asked me the other night what my favorite iPad app is thus far. Given that I have only had the iPad about a week, I haven’t had a chance yet to try out a large variety of apps. However, I do have a few favorites so far…

I am quite impressed with a few of the music apps, including the Pandora app. I’m a music fanatic – even if I can’t carry a tune. I have my channels down the side, along with album art and liner notes when using my Pandora app.

I’ve also used apps such as Shazam, although the interface is rather minimal. You can sing a song to it and the app will attempt to figure out what song it is.

If Shazam cannot find your song, then you can always try SoundHound. This is more full-featured and gives you a lot more options. This app will really help you discover music. I was given a review code for this particular app, but the opinion is mine. It’s an excellent app!

So if you’re wondering what my favorite app is so far… SoundHound is it!

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Soundrop is Addictive for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch

What’s the most addictive app you know of? Maybe it’s not on the iPad or iPhone, but I’m still interested in hearing about it. Hours of my life have been zapped away from other activities – like updating my blog or publishing to Facebook at any given moment.

Go ahead: download Soundrop for free and let me know what YOU think. Or, tell me if you can find a more addictive application to run in my spare time.

Turn Your iPad Into a Harp

There are a lot of musical “instruments” available for the iPhone and iPod Touch. While some of them are quite good, others are mediocre at best. The bad ones are usually ones that have strings involved, such as with guitars. The small screens on those devices just don’t work well for this type of app. The iPad is changing that, though. Thanks to the large screen, apps with string instruments in them are likely going to become the new must-have musical apps.

The Air Harp is no exception. It turns your iPad into a 15-string harp. It features 15 different strings, and even comes with sheet music for you to play. The sounds are quite soothing, as well.

If you enjoy creating music, you may want to take a look at this app. It’s set to be released on April 3rd. Thanks to TUAW for surfacing this app.

Beat Your iPad with the dPad Drum Sequencer

I have told you people many times that I’m no musician. I cannot stay with the beat of anything, and I am no good at creating music. I do, however, love music. I’m a big fan of gadgets that help me to lay down some jams (such as my Tenori-On). Apparently, I will also be able to play the drums right on my iPad.

The dPad Drum Sequencer is astoundingly simple to use. There are eight different types of percussion sounds that I can add to my mix. I can also change the beats per minute of my tune. If you give the video a listen, you’ll see that it actually sounds like Ringo Starr is playing right next to you.

The app devs have promised several future updates, including different drum sound packs, the ability to add your own drum sound packs, left-handed input support and record/save functionality.

What other music apps have you heard about that are coming to the iPad? I’m glad that TUAW has surfaced so many of these potentially awesome apps.

Facebook Music Application

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I’m sure you’ve been to YouTube to listen to your favorite music. What if you just don’t want to go to YouTube? What options do you have then?! If you haven’t used Muziic yet, it’s time you check it out. Muziic lets you share songs, albums, radio stations or playlists with your friends. Oh, and guess what? Muziic now has a Facebook application, as well! Other Facebook music applications pretty well suck. Muziic, however, does not! It’s unobtrusive, and does what it is you want it to do.

It’s so easy to use, and of course it’s legal! It only takes a moment to install the app. It’s a great way for you to find out what’s out there, or listen to your old standby favorites. Type in an artist name, and listen to the selections that come up. If you like them, add them to your playlist. Once you’ve created your playlist, you can share it with others on Facebook!

Another cool feature is being able to add a Muziic tab to your Facebook profile. This will show off your favorite songs, artists and radio stations. It will even show what songs you’ve listened to recently! Additionally, you can not only publish songs you love to your own wall… you can also put them on your friends’ walls! Want to send a song to someone? It’s simple. There are “Share” and “Publish” buttons sprinkled throughout the app, making it easy for you to always find them when you need them.

I really REALLY like and recommend this app. Yes, they are helping out our community a bit, but that has nothing to do with my opinion here, folks. Muziic just plain WORKS. Even better… it’s fun to use!

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