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Review: Virtuoso Practice Organizer App

Can this software help add structure to your vocal practice?

Item: Virtuoso, Practice Organizer App for Android

Price: US $0.99, UK £0.62 (Free version also available)

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At A Glance: Virtuoso is a practice organizer App for Android smartphones & tablets. It designed to help you to structure your practice time and help you keep detailed record of your practice history. Within Virtuoso you can build your own workouts for your particular musical instrument or voice and use the software to keep you on track with your rehearsal schedule. The App requires a device with Android version 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or above.

High Notes: The workout structure section is straightforward to use and you can create different workouts for different days. Workout schedules can be created for a range of different instruments or voice and exercises grouped into different categories (visualization, technique, improvisation, ear training, piece practice and sight reading). You can set alarms to notify you when it is time to move on your next exercise and the statistics are automatically logged in the background. It also offers the ability to record your vocal (or instrument) practice if you wish to listen back to it at a later date.

Off Pitch: When creating your workout schedule within the App you are required to choose an exercise name from a predefined list and cannot create custom named exercises. As a result, it may not cover all the techniques you use for vocal practice (although it does cover a reasonable amount of singing exercise types). Some users may find the entire concept of the App a little limited as it is only a practice scheduling software and does not actually contain any exercises itself. Although a structured practice schedule can be important, not everyone will feel they need an App to help them with it.

A VoiceCouncil Reviewer Says: A free version of the App is also available although it lacks certain functions such as monthly updates, audio recording, and detailed rehearsal history including tempo. It does, however, offer you a good opportunity to try out the basic functions the App first to see if it is worth upgrading to the full version. Overall, Virtuoso is a sensibly designed and priced App; however it is targeted at a particular niche and won’t necessarily be of the perfect rehearsal tool for everyone.

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