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Entries in magic fiddle (2)

Spirit HD. A truly absorbing iPad experience

The direct connection of the iPad multitouch display makes for a man-machine interface that has proven to be the foundation of just about every memorable iPad app. Whether it's the control of Magic Fiddle or the experimentation of Uzu; touch is the glue that holds the entire experience together.

It's no surprise then that some of the best iPad games are not simply iPad adaptations of console or PC classics, but rather, completely new creations that tap into the directness of the iPad interface.

Spirit HD is a marvellously addictive game from Marco Mazzoli that won't disappoint. The aim of the game is to encircle your opponents... that's about it. It might sound simple or even dull, but the actual experience of playing Spirit HD is quite absorbing. It's the precision of the touch control, combined with the music and visual style that propels Spirit HD into an entirely different orbit.

The iPad version runs 50% faster than the iPhone version - play the game the way it's meant to be played!

Magic Fiddle by Smule

It is a great week for music apps and iPad. Check out the quartet in this video. They are attempting to play Canon in D Major on an iPad app and, for the most part, manage to do so.

That app is Magic Fiddle (iPad only)  which has recently been released by Smule, the company behind Magic Piano amongst other fun apps. Now you can annoy your family and friends with off-key caterwauling on your iPad like never before. What's more, you can now annoy the rest of the world too with Smule's Globe mode!

But seriously, Magic Fiddle uses a similar approach to Magic Piano to enable you to play any of the 20 included songs and more which are available from the Smule store. You touch on the correct string as musical 'notes' fall towards the bottom of the iPad screen and use different techniques to emulate the sound of a fiddle. It's a little bit like a posh version of Guitar Hero. 

Fiddle or Violin?

Smule do not call the instrument a violin, but refer to it as a fiddle so that it encompasses any bow stringed instrument. The app includes tutorials that cover bowed instrument techniques such as bow, pluck, trill and vibrato. They do this via an '8 chapter interactive journey' that features step-by-step instructions including posture, holding your fiddle (iPad), scales and apreggios.

There are also game elements to enjoy and spur you on to play better, including medals and badges and a global leaderboard. If you ever used Magic Piano you will already be familiar with the Smule globe. This is where you see a spinning 3D Earth with representations of all the other Magic Fiddle users playing songs around the world. You can listen in and 'like' their performances if you wish to.

Check it out

It looks like another winner for Smule who have a way of making music learning and experimentation fun and collaborative whilst keeping people entertained, and at just $2.99 (£1.79) it is accessible to everyone, so we think you should try it out.

If you do try Magic Fiddle let us know how you got on and what you think of trying to play a bowed instrument on your iPad.