Magic Fiddle

 
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Virtual violin takes practice to perfect.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Like a real violin, the intonation on the Magic Fiddle is sensitive and requires kids to be precise about where they put their fingers or the songs will sound out of tune. Kids must be physically adroit enough to comfortably support the iPad under their chins while using both hands on the screen. The size of the fiddle itself can be adjusted to accommodate smaller hands.

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The game comes with 8 instructional chapters and almost 2 dozen songs. Additional content, including advanced lessons and 5-song packs, cost $0.99 each from the app store. World mode contains an icon for the sister app Magic Piano that leads to its purchase page.

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A few privacy concerns arise if users either login as a guest or register for a smule username (which requires submitting an email address). If enabled, the app will detect your location and broadcast it as a dot on a world map as other people are listening to your performances.

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.

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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.

App details

Device:iPad
Price:$2.99
Release date:November 10, 2010
Category:Music
Publisher:Smule
Version:1.0.1

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Kid, 10 years old December 3, 2014
 

Awesome!

This is the kind of smule that is fine for kids. if you are big fans of this app, I would reccoment getting magic piano and gutair also!
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