As a music teacher, it’s a bit embarrassing to admit that my singing voice is most definitely not up to scratch.
In fact ‘scratch’ is probably a fair assessment of the tonal range and pitch qualities!
I’ve tried a few iPad apps in the hope they might – at the very least – provide me with a little more accuracy when singing. Of the several I’ve tested, one stands out from the pack; ‘Erol’s Singers Studio.
Data. data and more data
To improve my singing accuracy I need feedback on how I’m going, and Singers Studio provides that in spades.
Vocal exercises feature standard music notation plus a ‘piano roll’ style display with a graphed line of your vocal (in realtime) and notes that turn gradually greener according to your accuracy.
Each exercise ends with a percentage score for each note. Top scores are recorded as a point value: overall percent for an exercise multiplied by the number of octaves covered.
A ‘range’ graph gradually solidifies as you progress with the exercises.
A solid range of exercises are included in the app. I started on the ‘Beginner Program 1’ and there was enough material to keep me going for three weeks, until I changed to ‘Beginner Program 2’, an in-app purchase.
By this time I was so enjoying the app I bought all the in-app purchases, which still totalled less than one decent lesson!
It’s worth a hunt through the users manual in the help section, as you’ll probably discover a few things you didn’t realise the app could do, such as being able to slow down exercises, or set a key.
It’s also worth while reading the comments on the different sections from users, which range from ideas for improvements through to questions of technique and progress.
Best of all is reading Erol’s replies; thoughtful, helpful and professional. Just what you need in an app that is a teaching tool.
Singers Studio is brilliant, Erol is brilliant and although my voice isn’t brilliant, it’s not as scratchy as it used to be.
- Ear Training for Singers – $3.99
- Beginner 2 – $0.99
- Intermediate 2 – $1.99
- Advanced 2 – $2.99
- Advanced 3 – $2.99