Magic Fiddle for iPad is the latest brilliant-looking music app from Smule – the creators of acclaimed music apps for iOS including Ocarina, Magic Piano, and I Am T-Pain. Magic Fiddle is designed exclusively for the the iPad and looks and sounds like another instant hit for Smule. Here’s a little more on the app, from its App Store description:
Hello. I am your fiddle. I am programmed to make you a musical prodigy. Your untrained fingers will play beautiful music in a matter of minutes. My fiddlery magic will help you earn high scores, gold medals and fun badges. You and I will be unstoppable on the global leaderboard, competing with fellow fiddlers. Seriously, in the amount of time it took you to read this you could have learned ‘Ave Maria’. I kid you not (fiddles never joke).
You, my friend, are not just someone with an iPad. You are a virtuoso.
You need a Magic Fiddle(TM) if any of the following statements are true:
1. You have a crush.
Use me to serenade! (Note: while I will make you endlessly more attractive to members of the opposite sex, I can’t guarantee romantic success)
2. You tried (and failed) to play violin in 5th grade.
Don’t worry; I’ll help you out this time. You’ll be fiddling in no time.
3. You have always wanted to be a musician.
Impress friends, family and fellow fiddlers with your newly found musical talents.
4. You are bored.
I’m great for rainy days or late nights! Earn medals for playing well and compete with fiddlers around the world.
Now, a little more about me….
PICK UP AND PLAY:
• Pick up and play beautiful songs by following streams of colored light in my SongBook, no skill required!
• Impress your friends by playing any of my 20 songs I have in my SongBook, from video game theme songs to ‘Ave Maria’ and everything in-between.
• Bow, pluck, trill, and play vibrato and glissandi right from your iPad.
TAKE IT TO THE TOP:
• Earn scores for every song, and medals for playing well. I will be the judge of ‘well’ (not your mother).
• Show off your newly found musical aptitude to your fellow fiddlers by competing for a spot on the global leaderboards.
• Earn badges as you accomplish new heights of fantastic fiddlery.
LEARN FIDDLING TECHNIQUES EASILY:
• Learn basic and advanced fiddle techniques through fun learning adventures with me – my StoryBook takes us on an 8-chapter interactive journey to teach you different techniques with activities and step-by-step instructions.
• Practice your new techniques on real songs as you improve.
LISTEN AND SHARE WITH THE WORLD:
• Listen to other magic fiddlers play on the globe around the world.
• Broadcast your masterpieces for the world to enjoy.
• Show your support for fellow fiddlers by ‘liking’ their songs.
Here are a couple more videos of the app in action:
St. Lawrence String Quartet (plays iPads:
Paul Dateh jams on Magic Fiddle
Even though I’m about as musical as a fence post, I may well give this one a try, just because it looks like so much fun – plus I’m sure my daughter can get some good mileage out of it.
Magic Fiddle is available in the App Store now, priced at $2.99.