Drumline is an app that was developed by Eight Bit Studios, for anybody trying to brush up on their snare drumming. If you are an amateur or just need to practice then this is the app for you. Drumline Pro is an upgrade option for those of you who want to take your skills to a higher level. Drumline costs $0.99, Drumline Pro costs an additional $0.99.
I started exploring this app with the intention of expanding my knowledge of how to play a snare drum. I have never played with an app that is supposed to teach me how to play a musical instrument. One thing I’ve learned is that it takes a lot of patience. You are provided with a drum and you are supposed to use your fingers as drumsticks to make a beat. On the taskbar at the bottom of the screen are a few options including a video provided via YouTube of an advanced marching band putting on a performance as an example of what you can aspire to. The metronome is another feature that you are allowed to use without the Pro version.
A complaint I have is that upgrading to Pro is somewhat of an elusive endeavor. I can’t find it on iTunes and when I try to upgrade from within the app using my iPhone it crashes. Another gripe I had with it is that you buy the app with all of its features, but you can’t access 90% of it without upgrading to the Pro version. You can only choose snare hack even though you are given the option of snare or tenor. Also in the configuration you are given a list of options, but all you can really do is turn the metronome on or off. I don’t see the point of buying this app because if you are interested in cultivating your drum skills, you will have to play another $0.99 to buy the Drumline Pro via in-app purchase.
All things considered, I was disappointed with Drumline. Although apps have come to successfully replace a lot of our stimuli, I don’t know if learning how to play instruments translates too well. I got little satisfaction out of playing with this app but your results may vary.
Here is a video demo of the Drumline app on the iPhone
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