What are the best resources to learn music?

asked by Kelsey Kingsley
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    #1Yousician

    Yousician
    Yousician is the personal music tutor for the digital age. Learn at your own pace, whenever and wherever you want. The app listens to you play the guitar and gives instant feedback on your accuracy and timing.
    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Jacqueline Ortega
    Written on November 7, 2017
    "I have been trying to learn music on my own for awhile now, but couldn't find the right source to help me. I came across Yousician, and it has worked wonders for me. I love the fact that I'm able to learn at my own pace, whenever I have the free time. I play my guitar and the app is able to give me feedback on it, which is amazing. I will definitely be continuing to use this and I know it's going to help me out tremendously! "
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    #2PlayPerfect Music Practice Software

    PlayPerfect Music Practice Software
    A software providing visual cues, playback and performance reports helping young musicians train their ear to detect notes that are wrong or out of tune. Students can practice playing with or without a metronome, and learn to play any instrument.
    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Arjun Bose
    Written on January 13, 2018
    "I'm trying to teach myself to play piano, which is a pretty challenging enterprise. I've read books and checked out Youtube clips, but find that the most powerful tool in my arsenal is PlayPerfect. This is music software that gives you pointers through playback, and helps direct your practice. Windows only. "
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    #3Music Theory 101: Scales and Modes

    Music Theory 101: Scales and Modes
    Steve Eulberg of JamPlay.Com presents an in depth lesson on Scales and Modes.
    Videos

    Free

    Tyler Howard
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "Why pay for expensive lessons when Steve can teach you the basics and some in depth stuff all for free. His channel has always been one of my favorites, there are a lot of other channels that do the same thing but i just love how Steve teaches. He does not make it difficult for anyone and even the starters can get going very easily and not get confused. "
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    #4Music Note Sight Reading Trainer

    Music Note Sight Reading Trainer
    This app mimics the looks of real sheet music, what makes it the perfect app for those who want to learn and practice sheet reading.  



    Apps

    iOS

    Free

    Surabhi Patel
    Written on November 12, 2017
    "I always struggled with reading sheet music until I found this app. It makes it so easy to learn how to read sheet music. It's one of the best apps I've ever installed on my iphone."
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    #5Practice+

    Practice+

    This app won't only tune your instrument in the tune you choose to, it's also great to practice: record yourself playing with its own metronome, and then listen to yourself playing and notice every mistake you have made.


    Apps

    iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Diana Williamson
    Written on November 7, 2017
    "I used this app as I was learning to play the piano. It is a great app and easy to use once you get the hang of it."
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    #6ABRSM Speedshifter

    ABRSM Speedshifter
    Designed for musicians, Speedshifter is a practice tool that enables you to adjust the speed of any audio track without altering the pitch. It's ideal for musical, slow practice to a recorded accompaniment.
    Apps

    iOS, Android

    $4.99

    William Lopez
    Written on November 14, 2017
    "I was working on a video project that needed to be fit in 55 seconds, and I had the perfect song for my clip but it was 1 minute long and I really didn't want to have to splice up the song to trim out the 5 seconds. Fortunately, I was able to use ABRSM to speed up the playback rate without it sounding like a chipmunk. Because of this I was able to finish my project in an efficient manner."
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    #7Musicnotes Sheet Music Player

    Musicnotes Sheet Music Player

    This app will allow you to take your sheets anywhere you go, featuring more than 300.000 sheets from the Musicnotes store and many more tools, like the  markup tools to make notes and highlights on your sheets.

    Apps

    Mac, Android, iOS

    Free

    Vishal Sen
    Written on November 14, 2017
    "From what it looks like, Musicnotes is useful only if you already know how to make music. If you're learning, it doesn't look like it will be all that useful to you."
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    #8Tunable

    Tunable

    This tone and chord generator app will help you improve your instrument skills, and you will be able to record it and share your amazing performances with whoever you want to. Specially great with wind and strings instruments.

    Apps

    iOS

    $3.99

    Tejas Patil
    Written on November 12, 2017
    "Tunable is great for helping keep time with music, record music, and stay on pitch, but not much else. It is not a great resource for learning the fundamentals of music, and there are much better options for music learning apps out there. It is, however, a very useful app for those who already have a basic understanding of music."
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    #9JamPlay

    JamPlay
    An online service with about 5,000 guitar lessons, making it one of the most comprehensive guitar instruction services on the web. From heavy metal to country, if you want to learn it you'll find it here.
    Websites

    $19.95

    Raymond Vasquez
    Written on January 14, 2018
    "I am someone who loves to play different instruments so I decided to give JamPlay a try after a friend of mine who plays the guitar gushed about it one day. To put it simply I could not be happier with the app as it provides me a number of avenues to learn how to play the guitar and to see lessons from a number of perspectives which allow me to find a way to learn to play the guitar that works for me."
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    #10WholeNote

    WholeNote
    An online community devoted to learning and sharing anything and everything to do with guitar. This includes a lot of tabs for learning the chords of famous songs.
    Websites

    Free

    David Carter
    Written on November 11, 2017
    "Wholenote is a great place to learn guitar. Learning the chords of famous songs, and just getting into the rhythm of the rhythm."
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    #11Songsterr

    Songsterr
    Learn chords in real time with this website, based on the famous (and not free) Guitar Pro
    Websites

    Free

    Michael Kennedy
    Written on November 3, 2017
    "I have always been interested in learning how to play music. Songsterr looks like a great resource if you understand how to read sheet music, however, if you are a beginner like myself this may be a bit too advanced for you. This still looks like a great site, though with a large library of different songs with the sheet music for all instruments."
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    #12Chordie

    Chordie
    Guitar chords and guitar tablature made easy. Chordie is a search engine for finding guitar chords and guitar tabs.

    Websites

    Free

    Jeffrey Miller
    Written on November 14, 2017
    "I've been learning how to play the guitar and so I'm always on the lookout for great educational resources for learning music. I found this website Chordie and it has a robust list of guitar chords from your favorite songs. It may not be the best resource to teach you how to play, but once you get your feet wet, Chordie is a fairly valuable resource for finding out how to play your favorite songs. I wouldn't recommend the site for absolute beginners however."
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    #13Chords & Scales

    Chords & Scales
    Become a Master of Guitar and Bass Scales, Modes, Chords and Arpeggios with this interactive software!
    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Tyler Black
    Written on November 5, 2017
    "I recently wanted to start learning how to create music and I found this application called Chords & Scales. It is a great tool that allows one to gain insight on the various musical chords and bass scales. It also has a high degree of interactivity which can help you become an advanced guitar player or bass fretboard expert. I highly recommend it to all of the musical novices out there who are really interested in learning how to become a better musician."
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    #14Chordbook

    Chordbook
    A very useful interactive site that shows you how to play each chord and how it sounds on both acoustic and electric guitar
    Websites

    Free

    Alexander Ferguson
    Written on November 15, 2017
    "When I wanted to learn to play the guitar I tried Chordbook. It worked great. I didn't have anyone local to teach me so I did the best I could, so glad I found this site."
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    #15Little Big Piano

    Little Big Piano
    This app features over 700 songs from every genre, including pop, rock, soundtracks and classics. With this app you'll learn how to play your favorite songs by playing every note that appears on your screen. 




    Apps

    iOS

    Free

    Óscar Venegas
    Written on June 27, 2018
    "I'd always wanted to learn to play piano, but obviously I couldn't drag a piano around with me to learn when I had the time to learn. With this app, however, I can get a good grasp of a song at my own speed and with an easy to learn control scheme."
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    #16Beginner Basics: How to Teach Yourself Piano

    Beginner Basics: How to Teach Yourself Piano
    If you want to learn piano, on this post you can find one good guide to get started.
    Websites

    Free

    Jordan Hunter
    Written on January 18, 2018
    "Ever since seeing Bill Murray in Groundhog Day, I've wanted to learn piano. I've also wanted God-like powers to manipulate women, but with the Weinstein stuff, it seems like that's fallen out of favor a little. While Take Lessons didn't teach me how to have women swoon at my mere presence, it did make me a pretty good basic piano player. My Twinkle Twinkle Twinkle Little Star is delightful, according to my 3 year old son."
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    #17[TUTORIAL] How to Play Keyboard - Keyboard Lessons for Beginners

    [TUTORIAL] How to Play Keyboard - Keyboard Lessons for Beginners
    Teach yourself how to play keyboard with Learn To Play Music's easy electronic keyboard lessons for beginners.
    Videos

    Free

    Vincent Bailey
    Written on November 9, 2017
    "The Youtube video forum is wonderful for familiarizing and learning how to play instruments. Progressive does a great job walking each user through the steps."
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    #18[TUTORIAL] How to Teach Yourself Piano: Tools and Tactics

    [TUTORIAL] How to Teach Yourself Piano: Tools and Tactics
    On this post, you can read the best way to teach yourself piano.
    Articles

    Free

    Paul Herrera
    Written on November 4, 2017
    "I have long wanted to learn how to play the piano. I tried many different ways to learn the skills but none ever stuck with me. Finally I found "How to Teach Yourself Piano: Tools and Tactics. " This just resonated with me. It went at the perfect speed and taught me everything like an absolute beginner. It was easy and simple to understand and I am well on the road to success."
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    #19Teach Yourself to Play Guitar: A Quick and Easy Introduction for Beginners

    Teach Yourself to Play Guitar: A Quick and Easy Introduction for Beginners
    This book offers beginners a comprehensive introduction to essential guitar-playing fundamentals and a quick, effective, uncomplicated and practical alternative to the multitude of traditional self-instructional method books
    Books

    Check price

    Sandra Chavez
    Written on November 13, 2017
    "This book is really great and what I love it that it comes as an ebook too instead of just a paper version. This way I can take it on the go without having to carry anything extra. It's also nice when I just need a quick reference and can pull out my phone and check it instead of having to go get a book. Really great for beginners."
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    #20Piano Scales, Chords & Arpeggios Lessons with Elements of Basic Music Theory

    Piano Scales, Chords & Arpeggios Lessons with Elements of Basic Music Theory
    Piano Professor Damon Ferrante guides you through 140 step-by-step lessons (for beginner to advanced levels).
    Books

    Check price

    Chirag Verma
    Written on November 4, 2017
    "Taught by a piano professor, this book contains 140 step by step lessons and 30 streaming videos designed to teach people how to play the piano. The book is good for all levels from beginner to advanced. It teaches numerous aspects of piano piano playing including scales, chords and arpeggios and may even be a substitute for a private piano teacher."
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    #21Riffstation

    Riffstation
    Get the chords for any song in the world. See Guitar, Ukulele or Piano chords synced with the music video. Riffstation uses chord recognition technology to "listen" to the music and automatically scroll the chords along with the music.
    Websites

    Free

    Eugene Washington
    Written on January 18, 2018
    "Riffstation is one of the best resources to learn music I've ever come across. I played piano growing up and really wanted to learn how to play guitar. However, I struggled with the instrument and really needed help playing some favorite songs to help. Riffstation was perfect in that regard. The technology is beyond my understanding but it certainly works!"
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    #22E-Chords

    E-Chords
    Here you find more than a million free chords/tabs and the better guitar and electric guitar video classes on the Internet.
    Websites

    Varies by plan.

    Helen Jia
    Written on November 8, 2017
    "This sight is awesome, especially for parents who have kids learning how to play an instrument. Easy to use interface and fun way to learn how to play instrument. I especially like how they have popular music that you can learn to play."
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    #23Piano app

    Piano app

    Learn how to play your favorite songs on the piano with this app: just play the song and learn how to play it by playing the notes displayed on your screen. You will be able to challenge your friends to play that song, sending them the sheet via Whatsapp, Facebook or Twitter. 

    Apps

    iOS, Android

    Free- With in-app purchases

    Vincent Berry
    Written on November 15, 2017
    "What a phenomenal resource for learning to play piano this app is. It really simplified the process and helped me learn to read music (which has always been a challenge for me). I also really enjoyed the fact that you can share the sheet music with your friends which helped me partner with someone to make learning more fun! What a great app!"
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    #24ViolinSchool

    ViolinSchool
    ViolinSchool is a digital learning platform and community for violinists everywhere. Their video lessons, sheet music, online courses, learning resources and practice tools help anyone, anywhere, of any age and any level, to learn and play the violin.
    Course

    $19- 1 month

    Kevin Patterson
    Written on January 14, 2018
    "A great tool that lets you connect and learn from some real violin professionals. I think the best feature of this site is the ability to test a membership out for only a dollar. It will allow you to see everything that is offered and make a judgement. I highly recommend."
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    #25Master the Saxophone

    Master the Saxophone
    Master the Saxophone is a course available at Udemy that will help you master the range, tone, and technique necessary to become a great saxophonist. It also includes some useful music theory, musicianship skills, and sheet music for each lesson.
    Course

    $50

    Joseph Hunter
    Written on June 26, 2018
    "This appears to be a very professionally assembled website focused on learning various skills. This particular page is devoted to teaching you how to play the saxophone. There are a fair number of user reviews, ad the reviews are quite positive. There is also a sample video to check out. The price seems quite reasonable, so this is likely good choice for anyone wanting to learn the sax online."
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    #26ClefQuest

    ClefQuest

    ClefQuest is a game that allows you to learn something that can be a bit tedious: reading music. Of course, if you want to be a singer or a musician, you need to know how to read this music. This game makes that task much more dynamic. 

    Games

    Android

    Free

    Kirill M
    Written on January 12, 2018
    "It is cool game-based learning app. Looks like fun arcade, but all the time requires a higher level of knowledge of musical notes to win. It's great for someone who does not like too serious games. There are bouth treble and bass clefs"

Summary

Best What are the best resources to learn music
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1YousicianApps 39 Free
2PlayPerfect Music Practice SoftwareSoftware 35 Free
3Music Theory 101: Scales and ModesVideos 33 Free
4Music Note Sight Reading TrainerApps 30 Free
5Practice+Apps 30 Free
6ABRSM SpeedshifterApps 30 Paid
7Musicnotes Sheet Music PlayerApps 29 Free
8TunableApps 29 Paid
9JamPlayWebsites 26 Paid
10WholeNoteWebsites 24 Free
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