Apps to Teach You to Play a Musical Instrument

By CBS News

Published 01/22 2014 07:05AM

Updated 01/22 2014 07:10AM

According to some statistics, more than half of adults regret not learning a musical instrument as a child. If that's you, don't despair. There are several useful apps and tech tools that can have you playing like Beethoven -- well, almost -- in no time!

If you're keen on playing the piano, the free app Piano Dust Buster 2.0 from Joy Tunes has found a way to make learning fun.  You can use the app's built in piano keyboard to the learn the notes and ultimately work up to playing a song.

This is best on an iPad or tablet. Or, set your device with the app running near your real piano and the app will pick up the notes to let you know if you're playing them correctly. Once you gain some proficiency, challenge people around the world in concert mode. Picture Guitar Band, but for pianos.

Speaking of guitars, the free app for both iPhones and Androids, Beginner Guitar Songs is a great, straightforward tool for true beginners. Start with the very basics: tuning your instrument, learning chords and finger placement. Then, watch videos from master teachers to start playing real songs.

Finally, log your practice time with the free iOS app, Music Journal. Manage your daily progress, songs or chords you've learned and track your growth over time.

Remember, as the cliche goes, practice makes perfect.

(Kara Tsuboi, for CBS News)

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