Sight reading skills will give you access to written music and get you familiar with any style of music. Sight reading is not difficult and with enough practice everybody can develop it.
This app helps you to instantly find the notes on every part of the fretboard with a special focus on position playing.
With improved sight reading skills you will find it easier to concentrate on other aspects of music such as harmony, rhythm etc.
PRACTICE & TEST MODE
- 4 different modes of use:
1. Locate note on fretboard based on note in staff.
2. Locate note on fretboard based on note name and pitch.
3. Find name of note on the staff (without fretboard)
4. Find name of note presented on fretboard.
- Automatic detection of problem notes.
KEY SIGNATURES & SCALES
- Key signature support, 1-6 sharps or 1-6 flats.
- Automatic choice of the enharmonic notes for each scale to avoid double sharps or double flats in the key signature.
- Scales: major, minor, melodic minor, harmonic minor, blues, pentatonic, and all modal scales.
FRETS, STRINGS & NOTE SELECTION
- Support for 4, 5 and 6 string bass guitar.
- Frets are grouped to restrict the number of notes to be practiced and tested.
- Predefined fret groups, e.g.: 0-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12, 0-12, 13-17 etc.
- Any custom fret group can be defined.
- The fret group is highlighted as an area on the fretboard.
- Progress of your sight reading skills is maintained per fret group.
- The longest streak record per fret group is saved as a measure for sight reading accuracy.
- Any subset of strings can be part of the highlighted area.
- Notes to be tested can be restricted to only naturals or only notes from a selected scale.
- Reading ahead is an important skill for good sight reading.
- Number of read ahead notes can be varied.
- Several alternate tunings for 4, 5 and 6 strings bass guitar.
- Support for left handed bass guitar.
- Option to have the fretboard shown in perspective (in landscape mode).
- Universal app (iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch).
- Support for all screen sizes, including iPhone X, XR, XS, XS Max.
- No ads / in-app purchases.
- iOS 12 tested.
- Minor bug fixes.
Ratings and Reviews
I actually use the app regularly
I’m using this app now to learn the first 5 frets one string at a time. Illuminates small sections of the bass clef.
Best iPhone trainer out there
This app is great for advanced or beginners. It's the perfect app to fill 30sec while waiting because it makes you a better player.
I first used it because I was primarily a 4 string bass player and wanted to learn the 5 string. It allowed me to learn the fifth string incredibly fast and the knowledge surprisingly transferred to an actual 5 string bass very easily.
For those more advanced I advise putting the timing to fastest speed and using the app. It's great for learning areas of the bass that you are weak at, even if you don't touch the exact note every time it still trains your brain where all the different note options are which is the whole point anyway.
Best sight reading trainer I
This app is awesome! I'm learning the translation between my eye/brain/hand from sheet music to pressing the right fret. As soon as you press a fret, you see the note on the bass clef, which really helps the eye/hand coordination training. When you get really good at playing a musical instrument, you don't think A-D-G-D whatever, you see a note in a certain place and you put your hand on a fret (or a key). It's a reflex and an emotion rather than a mechanical thought process. At least for me, anyway.
Thoughts for improvement:
When I tap a note on the bass clef, it would be nice to see the fret(s) that correspond to that note. This is the reverse of what it is now (press a fret and see the note on the bass clef).
Here's a cool idea… probably a totally separate app, but read in a power tab and show which frets are being played.
Anyway, I've got about 3 other apps that are supposed to be similar in nature. This one is "the one".
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.