Christmas Puzzles and Music Theory?

We are designing our next Music Theory App and we found it was a perfect fit for a Christmas App!

The new Music Theory Puzzles series will include musical terms and concepts, harmony, melodic dictation, interval and chord recognition, and much more, at different levels depending on the volume number you get, all presented as puzzles for you to solve using your knowledge in music theory. It is a great tool to study and learn music theory, while trying to solve music puzzles in a fun way.

We tested the app using a few Christmas puzzles and it turned out to be such fun that we decided to create an All-Christmas app with Christmas songs and images made into puzzles.

There are plenty of puzzles, some of them are easy but they get harder to decipher as you advance in the game.

Of course, there are NO ADS and the cost of the app is only $0.99 :)

Here’s a short Demo Video of the app

If you want to learn more you can visit the webpage: Christmas Puzzles by mDecks Music

Or go directly to the App Store: App Store Christmas Puzzles by mDecks Music

60 Top Hat Piano Grooves Free with in-app purchases ready for sale.

Originally posted on Music App Developer:

After 12 days waiting for review, 60 Top Hat Piano Grooves Free version 1.2 is now ready for sale.

The user has now the option of purchasing a preferred groove module. For example: If you’d like to access all the Rock & Pop grooves only, you may do so by purchasing only that module.

I think this will be a nice feature on the free version since the user already has access to two grooves for every single style. They can try them and choose the style they want to work with first and then when they are ready they can download the next module.

Apple does send you a nice email with all the details:

iTunes Connect
Dear Ariel Ramos,
The following app has been approved and the app status has changed to Ready for Sale:

App Name: 60 Top Hat Piano Grooves Vol. 1 FREE
App Version…

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20 Saxophone Tricks of the Trade on the App Store

20 Saxophone Tricks of the Trade by Mario Cerra is now available on the App Store

A new Saxophone App with plenty of tricks and tips is now available on the App Store for the iPad & iPhone in English and Spanish. Award winner saxophonist Mario Cerra (Boston, USA) explains and demonstrates 20 musical concepts and sax tricks & tips that you can easily add to your playing.

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20 Saxophone Tricks Of The Trade will provide you with plenty of resources to land your next gig. Use your new hot licks to impress fellow musicians, family and friends and promote your music career!

Here’s a complete list of topics in this app:
Lester: Using overtones to create a variety of tonal colors
Mix Them Up: Using overtones to create a variety of colors
Side D: Three different fingerings for the middle D
Dexter: Effect for Bb-G trill
John’s way: Example of multiphonics
The Wolf: How to make your horn growl
Slide: Glissando, or bending notes
Ghosts: Ghosting and accenting notes for great articulation
The “Cannon” Effect: Great combination of trills
S-S-P: Skip-Step concept on pentatonic scale
S-S-B: Skip-Step concept on blues scale
Jazz it up: How to produce an essential accent in jazz
Tension: Using a pentatonic scale on altered dominant chords
Release: Using a pentatonic scale on Maj 7th chords
Blues and Motives: Creating strong motives within the blues scale
Four and One: Playing four consecutive 8th notes and one 8th rest
Three on Four: Rhythmic displacement: 3/4 over 4/4
Five on Four: Rhythmic displacement: 5/4 over 4/4
Flashy: Bend and trill
Pure Expression: How to practice vibrato

Read more on mDecks.com