Augmented Reality: Music Learner’s Best Companion!


Uncle: Hey Sam, what are you doing these days?

Sam: Uncle, I am learning how to play Guitar!

Uncle: That’s great! Do you peep into your notes and then play?

Sam: Yes uncle, well that’s the most unpleasant part of learning I found.

Its true playing music is a great fun!

But, learning musical instruments such as guitar, violin, piano and Audio mixer with unfailing musicality is never so easy.

Various tutorials, guides, texts, documents and manuals are available that can help people in learning about musical instruments.

It’s difficult for the Novice players to learn, understand and operate knobs and buttons of sound mixer or strings of violin after reading from the heavy text.

E-learning software would aid in figure out how to maneuver musical equipments. This interactive manual circumvents the need of keeping musical notation in hand and transforms the way students are taught.

Instead, the approach is not enough exciting that can spark the student’s interest or assist them in self-learning.

AUGMENTED REALITY can make this learning more engrossing and improve playing skills.

The technology create 3D model of instruments onto the real world objects in real time. Visually stunning user interface allows students to interact with virtual information which user can retain for longer term.

Barrier to learn musical tools can be alleviated with augmented reality and great amount of diligence for the beginners is mitigated.

Take a glance at some of the musical instruments learning wherein augmented reality is used.

1) Piano

With on-screen piano learning software, mapping between different scales of the piano keyboard from the computer screen is difficult due to the difference in size between a physical piano and an on-screen piano.

It creates a lot of confusion and resulted in increased error rates.

Augmented reality based set up enhance the piano learning experience by allowing user to visualize a piano over physical piano with same scale showcasing note names on keys, chord patterns, directions for the next key to be pressed and pretty more.

The immersive experience appears like a professional is standing nearby and assisting to press the next key. Upcoming notes in peripheral view prepare the user to move their hands to the exact key.


2) Guitar

Tablature is traditionally used to learn playing guitars, which is quite easy to understand. However, again and again looking into the tablature and then playing is distracting.

Augmented reality guitar app can solve this problem by enabling guitarist view chords, scales and notes on guitar fret board, when mobile is projected towards guitar.

The app can recognize fret boards and strings, and different versions of chords would appear with a tap or single swipe.


3) Sound mixer

Mixing consoles and getting good knowledge about various panels and buttons is an arduous task.

Augmented reality edge-based tracking application helps students to preview 3D models of actual audio desks that includes different panels and buttons on the mixer console in distinct colors.

A single tap on any colored part, display additional information about panels in real time. Plus, freeze-frame is also possible to enable better interactions as opposed to PDF manuals or texts.



Augmented reality lowers down the struggle to learn playing music instruments.

The AR applications have huge potential in music schools or institutions that offers instrumental training. Traditional learning make playing equipments strenuous and consequently, some students left in between, which can be alleviated after embracing AR.

Moreover, it support autodidacts and become good option for home-use. Learners will get immediate feedback and a lot more it has to offer.

Entertain the learners and make playing Piano, Guitar and audio mixer a breeze!

In our next series, we are going to publish the benefits of adopting augmented reality in music learning. So, stay tuned with us.

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