Available today, Smule’s $2.99 Magic Fiddle iPad app turns Apple’s $499 tablet into a $501.99 digital fiddle of sorts.
The app teaches you to play the fiddle using a rolling line of notes that cross over a virtual set of strings, similar to how games like Rock Band and Guitar Hero work. You can play along to a built-in library of songs or practice on your own in solo mode. (More on Time.com: Gallery: Hits and Misses from Apple So Far)
While the app may seem a bit gimmicky at first glance, take a look at this video of the St. Lawrence String Quartet playing iPads. Yes, playing iPads.
Magic Fiddle is a connected app, too. You can compete against other fiddlers on “global leaderboards,” upload your songs for other fiddlers to hear, and listen to other fiddlers from around the world.
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