Kids on Fire: Apps to Help Kids Learn To Play Keyed Band Instruments

August 29, 2012
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If you’ve got a youngster just starting out in a school band, these fingering chart apps are for you—and your young musician! They’re all from Critical Apps, and while only one of them has any reviews yet, they’re all test-drive enabled so you can try before you buy.

The concept behind the apps is simple: they display fingering charts for different notes and note combinations, so your music student can have her practice sheet music open to play and also have a fingering chart on the Kindle Fire to determine correct finger placement on the instrument keys.

Saxophone Fingering Chart (4/5 stars, currently priced at $3.99) From Amazon:

Saxophone Fingering Chart is an easy to use reference application, that shows all the common fingering & trill combinations available on the saxophone. With over 500 different combinations for soprano, alto, tenor, baritone, and bass, from A3 to C8, this is the most comprehensive guide available for Android OS.

This application has been designed with simplicity in mind, and it’s intuitive interface is based on user feedback. Simply scroll left or right along the stave to the note you wish to look up and tap to select. Tap the note again, or use the back button to return to the stave. For fingerings with additional information, just tap the “i” button to show. For more help, just press the menu button.

Clarinet Fingering Chart (currently priced at $3.99 and currently comes bundled with a $1 Amazon MP3 Store credit) From Amazon:

Clarinet Fingering Chart is an easy to use reference application, that shows all the common fingering & trill combinations available on the clarinet. With over 400 different combinations, from E3 to A7, this is the most comprehensive guide available for Android OS.

This application has been designed with simplicity in mind, and it’s intuitive interface is based on user feedback. Simply scroll left or right along the stave to the note you wish to look up and tap to select. Tap the note again, or use the back button to return to the stave. For fingerings with additional information, tap the “i” button to show more info. For more help, just press the menu button.

Flute Fingering Chart (currently priced at $3.99) From Amazon:

Flute Fingering Chart is an easy to use reference application, that shows all the common fingering & trill combinations available on the flute. With over 400 different combinations for flute, piccolo, soprano, alto, and bass flutes, from B3 to F#7, this is the most comprehensive guide available for Android OS.

This application has been designed with simplicity in mind, and it’s intuitive interface is based on user feedback. Simply scroll left or right along the stave to the note you wish to look up and tap to select. Tap the note again, or use the back button to return to the stave. For fingerings with additional information, tap the “i” button to show more info. For more help, just press the menu button.

Trumpet Fingering Chart (currently priced at $3.99) From Amazon:

Trumpet Fingering Chart is an easy to use reference application, that shows all the common fingerings available for the Trumpet & Cornet. With over 60 different combinations from E3 to G6, this is the most comprehensive guide available for Android OS.

This application has been designed with simplicity in mind, and it’s intuitive interface is based on user feedback. Simply scroll left or right along the stave to the note you wish to look up and tap to select. Tap the note again, or use the back button to return to the stave. For fingerings with additional information, tap the “i” button to show more info. For more help, just press the menu button.

Learning to play a new instrument will never be easy, but your Kindle Fire can help speed the process with apps like these.

 

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