Drum Dictionary

This app is very similar to one that I’ve already covered, Drum School. If you only have room on your device for one of these apps, that’s the one that I’d choose. It seems to be updated more often and has videos and many more rhythm genres to choose from. However, Drum Dictionary is also quite good, is less cluttered and has some tweaks to it that I like.

Drum Dictionary seems to have more odd-meter patterns.

Rock in 5 iPhone

Rock in 5 iPhone

Rock in 5 iPhone in Landscape

Rock in 5 iPhone in Landscape

It also has some very succinct notes on what you need to pay attention to in a particular beat. These are placed where you can easily see them while you are practicing that rhythm.

Samba practice tips on the iPhone

Samba practice tips on the iPhone

I love that you can search for a beat by looking at a list that has the musical notation.

iPad - Beat list in Notation and another odd-meter rhythm

iPad – Beat list in Notation and another odd-meter rhythm

Pick by notation on iPhone

Pick by notation on iPhone

There is also a handy way to track when the last time you practiced one of the rhythms. Oddly, the metronome is just a metronome. Meaning that if you turn it on, you don’t get to hear the rhythm that you are working on. It does save you having to switch to a different metronome app if you want to hear only yourself playing the rhythm though. You can adjust the tempo of the beat itself but you do that in percentages. A bit bizarre but I guess it makes sense if a beat is traditionally played in a particular tempo range.

Tempo and time practiced on the bottom in the iPad version of Drum Dictionary

Tempo and time practiced on the bottom in the iPad version of Drum Dictionary

One of the fun things to do when using this app when you aren’t a drummer, is the ability to turn on a rhythm and improvise to it. Especially fun with those odd meters that are included. A fun way to generate ideas or just have a free practice /experimentation session.

Drum Dictionary is a plus app available for $1.99 from the iTunes store. If you want to try it before you buy it, there is a free version with less beats and no tempo adjustments or practice lists.

Drum Dictionary is from Gig Bag Apps.

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