Take7 Free, with in-app pur­chases

BBC Music Magazine - - THE FULL SCORE -

Us­ing your de­vice’s mi­cro­phone to lis­ten to you play, Take7 gives you a score based on how many notes you’ve played right (or not) when you prac­tise your instrument. The app then se­lects ‘loops’ of the mu­sic for you to prac­tise in iso­la­tion at a slower tempo, be­fore grad­u­ally speed­ing you back up. Set­ting a daily goal of 10 min­utes prac­tice – what most teach­ers would sug­gest as a min­i­mum – the app also keeps track of how many days in a row you keep up an un­bro­ken streak, and what your long­est streak is. Though some sheet mu­sic is avail­able for free, ad­di­tional scores can be bought from an on­line store, in­clud­ing graded collections (though they don’t match any exam board cur­ricu­lum). While no app can re­place a teacher, Take7 is an en­joy­able, use­ful and well-de­signed tool. If you’re look­ing for some­thing to help you struc­ture your prac­tice, this could be it. Eli­nor Cooper

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