Tonara – iPad App Is World’s First Interactive Sheet Music App

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I’m no musician, not by any stretch – but Tonara really looks like quite a groundbreaking app to me and certainly looks very impressive in the demo video above.

It’s touted as the world’s first interactive sheet music app …

which follows along as you play, shows your exact position on the score, and turns the score pages automatically, just in time. Tonara is smart enough to ignore misplayed notes, background noise and other interference and can adjust to variations in tempo or repetitions in the score.

Tonara’s co-founder and CEO, Yair Lavi, has lofty ambitions for the app and the impact it can have:

Our dream is to redefine the way people read sheet music … The idea is so simple and accessible – we show it to musicians and they are immediately hooked. The ‘old way’ of reading music involves so much disconnection and there is a lot going on that distracts you from the music. That’s why we’re thrilled to let people focus on just the main objective. We believe that the interactive features enabled by our technology will transition the sheet music market from the era of print and static PDFs to fully digital, interactive and downloadable scores, and we are proud to be at the forefront of this transition.

It’s a free app (for a limited time) that comes with six built-in scores. Additional scores are available via In-App purchase at $0.99 to $3.99 each.

Here’s an App Store link for Tonara.

If we have any musicians in the house, so to speak, I’d love to hear your thoughts on this app.

Patrick Jordan

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3 thoughts on “Tonara – iPad App Is World’s First Interactive Sheet Music App”

  1. hm, I really don’t see what’s the point in this app…
    Does it show me how a part should sound? Can I modify the notes?
    Even just for reading it’s bad, because I cannot see the next bar when I reach the end of a page. It turns it automatically, yes, but to preserve a flow in the music I have to see the following notes before I play them.
    Nice idea, but also I have to get all my notes in digital form. Would be a tough one to collect them all again.

  2. I didn’t try the app actually, but I was thinking about improvements: Maybe an option would help that lets me configure if I want to see constantly one or two bars ahead, so no single “sheets” are displayed. Or the bar I’m playing is always on top.
    Or maybe a keyword which is recognized by the app (“next”) can turn the page.

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