No matter which istrument you play, a very key skill in music is keeping time and following rhythm. This can be something very difficult to teach students. Obviously it is of primary importance in playing drums, bongos, or other time-keeping rhythm instruments.
The beauty of this app is how straightforward it is and the wide range of customizable options for teaching rhythmic patterns to all students. It is not instrument-specific, meaning that any student of any instrument can use this to drastically improve their sense of time and rhythm.
The app is comprised of two touch areas – one for the right hand and one for the left hand. It provides a beat and metronome and an easy to read chart of what beats need to be played with either the left, right, or both hands.
Each level of study is divided into four levels of difficulty. The user chooses when he is ready to move up to the next level, or on to the next rhythmic pattern to be learned.
The app provides lessons and rhythm drills for all major time signatures: 4/4, 5/4, 6/4 and 7/4, so it is great for students of classical, pop, or jazz all at once, with a library of pad sounds to spice things up a little bit. You can make each side of the device sound like a different instrument or drum.
A cool feature of the app is to develop “musical memory”. The app basically shows a rhythm pattern and plays through it. The pattern then disappears and the user must duplicate it exactly. It's great fun, and quite the challenge.
Music students will gain a lot by drilling with this app, and music teacher would be wise to get their students using it as soon as possible. Time keeping and rhythm sense is sometimes difficult to instill in students, but with MyRythm anyone can get ahead of the game.
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.