Blast your way into becoming a musician with BandBlast!
BandBlast is an interactive, easy-to-use curriculum based learning tool for anyone who wants to learn how to play an instrument. BandBlast is completely free with no in-app purchases, no mandatory data collection or no advertisements. BandBlast contains fun and innovative rhythm and pitch games, real life studio recording capabilities, and instructional videos from some of the top Philharmonic and studio musicians in the world. BandBlast is a well thought out and executed learning system that follows first year band and orchestra curriculums. BandBlast will teach you how to play violin, flute, cello, tenor sax, alto sax, viola, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, guitar, and double bass.
BandBlast contains 4 different elements:
(1) With 10 different instruments and over 250 instructional videos taught by some of the greatest musicians in the world you will get step by step lessons on how to play your instrument. These videos lessons will cover the basics, learning your first notes, reading music, and playing some of the most popular songs ever written. This is your chance to learn and play with a pro. We will be translating the videos into multiple languages.
(2) The rhythm game is an exciting journey thru a world of ancient ruins and mystic as you jump over pitfalls and danger. Follow the rhythms above, tapping the screen for the appropriate length of each note and save your character from the spikes below. This is a fun and engaging tool to learn how to count, follow the beat, learn whole, half, quarter, eighth notes and rests, listen to the music, and develop coordination skills.
(3) The pitch game improves your ability to learn the notes on an instrument and work on ear training. A mix between Space Invaders and Tetris the pitch game requires you to match the notes on the screen to the correct pitches on your instrument and then you have to BLAST away the descending wall of notes. Make sure to shoot quickly as the rocks are falling fast and they will crush you if you're not careful. The more accurate you play and match the notes, the quicker you advance to the next level!
(4) The recording studio lets you record your own music for free! With over 40 backing tracks you to can play along with the world's best Philharmonic and studio musicians. Just like a recording studio, put your headphones on, adjust the volume of all the instruments, choose one of 8 different drum beats (funk, jazz, classical, hip hop, house music, rock, country, and bossa nova), hit record and away you go. Try as many times as you want to get the perfect mix and share with friends, family or music teacher.
Play in Mission Mode which combines and mixes up the four features on BandBlast features. Collect points and try to get a high score as you watch the videos, play the rhythm game, play the pitch game, and record songs. This is a fun and innovative way to teach you the value of music with a hands on approach. You are guaranteed to be challenged as you make the journey thru the 20 different missions and countless adventures.
Because there are no ads, mandatory data collection, or in-app purchases, BandBlast is a safe way to get quality music education in the classroom or at home. Perfect for students, teachers, music programs, and schools! BandBlast is provided by Music Lifeboat whose goal is to provide access to millions that may not have access to music education and to help better support teachers, schools, and communities through the power of music.
Includes Guitar in its repertoire.
Ratings and Reviews
I am 100% behind the mission and the idea of this app and was considering pushing it out to all of my students. But after attempting phases one and two of the rhythm game and seeing both “perfect” and “too early” show up on the screen every time I played a note on the one, then scoring zero, losing and effectively “dying” digitally....I would never subject a child to that degree of failure. Highly discouraging. Either it’s perfect or it’s too early -but it can’t be both. Please try harder, as kids who don’t have any access are likely to have smaller support systems and subsequentially less self confidence. Setting them up to fail completely the first time out is not a good recipe for that dynamic. Best wishes.
Would like to see more!
This app is a lot of fun so far. I’m using it for my guitar students and they love it!
I’m only really sing the rhythm section though and would like new rhythms, or even being able to map out custom rhythms.
The pitch game is ok. I rarely use it cuz students get frustrated with how fast pace it is and how clunky it can be to hit the right rock
Videos are ok. They’re long and not enthusiastic enough for kids to keep focus
Kids love it! Wish it had more instruments
My beginning band students love it, and I love that they are motivated by it. The videos are great, and the games are addicting and fun. However, I wish there were options for french horn, tuba, euphonium, oboe, and mallets so I could use it with all of my beginning students.
Challenge friends and check leaderboards and achievements.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.