by Lory Gil
January 14, 2013
Welcome back to another issue of Musician’s Corner, where we get down and dirty with all things music related. Last week, we went hands-on with the innovative TonePrint effects pedal for the iPhone. What a crazy world we live in. As you may have noticed from our CES coverage, there are a whole lot of fantastic new gadgets and accessories for iOS musicians coming out in 2013. I look forward to telling you all about them as they become available. Today, we are going to step into the world music genre with Musiguru, which is an instructional app for learning traditional Indian Bhajans, Carnatic vocals, and the Tabla. Each category contains between five and 10 lessons. Each lesson includes a basic instruction video that explains what you should do and shows an example. There is also a practice video in each lesson where the instructor plays each part of the song twice so that you can sing or play along. In addition to the two videos, you can record yourself singing or playing (if you have a tabla) with the practice song. You can then play back your recording to review your performance and see where you need work. Every category has at least one free lesson. All six of the “Tabla Basic Sounds” lessons are free. Each additional lesson cost $1.99. If you complete the first set of free lessons and find yourself wanting more, the price tag is remarkably low for such in-depth instruction. drop me a line or leave a comment below. Thanks to those of you who told me about who you’d get guitar lessons from. I had to look up Michael Hedges. I can see why he would be an ideal guitar teacher. Personally, I’d jump at the chance for lessons from Gabriela Quintero of “Rodrigo y Gabriela.” This week’s question: What is your favorite instrument? This question was inspired by today’s app review, so think big - any instrument from any country.