With the advent of smart phones, technology has been able to help musicians like never before. Every year, more and more apps are released for drumming and music, and it can be hard to choose which ones are the most valuable in such a saturated market. These are some of the most helpful apps for drummers in 2016.
One of the best metronome apps on the market. Many metronome apps have a confusing and non-musical GUI, however Tempo sports a very clean and polished GUI that is straightforward and easily customized. This little app can perform almost all of the same functions that used to be only available in large bulky physical metronomes. Additionally, this app has a great set list feature, allowing users to create custom lists of different tempos that you can share with others.
A must have app for any musician. Anytune has the ability to slow down an audio file while retaining the same pitch of the music. This is perfect for practicing along to your favorite songs at slower tempos or transcribing your favorite drum part. One of the other great features is its ability to create audio markers and loop any sections of the song you are listening to.
Noteflight is one of the best free options for writing down music electronically. Noteflight is actually a browser based app, so, it won't be available for download in the app store, but it will work on your computer or tablet device. The interface is very easy and intuitive. You do have to sign up for an account, but its free and paid options are available. Additionally, the company is big on education and also offers many educational materials and lesson plans using the Noteflight software. If you like writing down music and don't own any notation software, Noteflight is the way to go.
The Drum Dictionary
TDD is an amazing app for drummers and percussionists. With the full version you get audio and sheet music examples of the 40 standardized drum rudiments as well as over 50 grooves covering 10 genres of music. Even more, this app has the ability to slow down or speed up any of these examples and even contains a basic metronome.
The Drum Guru app is free but offers lesson packs available for purchase from well established drummers. Each pack includes videos and sheet music examples from such famous drummers as Peter Erskine, Steve Gadd, Chad Smith, and Aaron Spears. It's a great way to learn grooves from masters in the field.