A while back, I did a feature on iPhone/iPod Touch apps to make music, but this one takes the cake. I’m talking about the Magic Fiddle for the iPad. The makers of this wonder app, Smule have put up a Youtube video of how it works, and it shows the St. Lawrence String Quartet playing Canon in D Major by Johann Pachelbel. Sure they sounds like a bunch of wailing cats when they go off key sometimes, but it sure does sound realistic.
If you already know how to play a stringed instrument like a cello or violin, using this app should be a cakewalk, as the principle is pretty much the same as playing a real instrument. You use your fingers to pluck the ‘strings’, and your other hand acts as a bow. However, if you do not know how to play a stringed instrument, Magic Fiddle will teach you how. All you have to do is follow the stream of coloured lights in the songbook, which come with 20 bundled songs. The app can be bought from the appstore for $2.99.
Don’t forget to check the video out!