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The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Magic Fiddle turns the iPad into a 3-string digital violin. Holding the iPad under the chin, kids can play tunes by fingering virtual strings with one hand and holding down the other to "bow" or pluck the notes as they scroll across the screen, but it takes practice and finesse to play in tune. Additional 5-song packs can be purchased for $0.99 each. As an option, you can let others listen to you play or listen to others while seeing their location pinpointed on a world map.
Is it any good?
MAGIC FIDDLE was designed for anyone who "tried and failed to play violin in 5th grade." The app teaches techniques like pizzicato and vibrato, scales and arpeggios, and stresses the importance of good posture and practice. The tones that come out of the app aren't always sweet. As with a real violin, it takes practice to be able to play in tune, otherwise the songs can sound downright dreadful. You can listen to other players practicing from around the world through the smule network.