Apps to look out for is a regular feature where we take a look at an app that may have otherwise gone under your radar, and that may be very well worth a look.
Note Goal Pro
There are many apps on the Apple App Store that claim to be able to teach you a skill. Note Goal Pro, from developer Shining Code is an example of how intelligent design and a thoughtful use of a platform’s abilities can help create an app that can truly be a help to someone.
Note Goal Pro is an app that is an aid to help learn aspects of playing the piano. The great thing about the app is that it can also provide a service to piano teachers as well as students as it is a fun and helpful learning tool. It can also be used as a challenging game for more experienced piano players.
The game uses the big screen of the iPad well, with a real clarity to the graphics and display in general. There are dozens of options to customise the game to your liking, here in the words of the developers are some of those options:
– MIDI Input: Supports MIDI keyboard input with CoreMIDI (via Apple Camera Connection Kit).
– Large Note Range: Covers 5 octaves, from G0 to F5.
– Teaching Mode: Hitting a key shows its note and pitch name.
– Range Selection: Adjustable range lets you practice particular notes intensively.
– Multiple Quiz Types: 4 quiz types including Random, Ascending, Descending and Chords let you practice your skill in different ways.
– All Key Signatures: 15 key signatures for treble clef and bass clef respectively.
– Help Modes: 3 help modes, including a Tutor mode for beginners.
– Color Coded Keys: While practicing, colors can be applied as a hint for correct keys. This is especially helpful for beginners and kids.
– Pitch Name Label: Each white key can have its pitch name labeled on it.
– Multiple Notes: Unlike other similar apps showing only one note at a time, Note Goal Pro shows multiple notes simultaneously. This is very important for improving your reading speed.
– Game Length Control: Each game quizzes you with up to 10 pages of notes. Both number of notes and number of pages are adjustable.
– Hi-Score Records: 30 records keep your highest scores of all treble and bass scales separately.
– Gorgeous Sound: High-quality, real and beautiful piano sound.
– Keyboard Size Control: You can adjust the keyboard size to fit your need. Three different sizes are available.
– Achievements: Improve your skill with more fun by gaining achievements. Your scores of all scales are listed clearly in a table.
– Multiple User Profiles: With a maximum of 20 user profiles, you can share this app with your friends or family members. This feature is also very helpful for piano teachers to keep track of students’ progress.
Overall, this is a great app and a fantastic combination of teaching tool for novice players and interesting game for those who are more experienced.
With this app you will be well on your way to becoming a virtual virtuoso in no time at all.