Thank you for applying that fix the app is now working great again.
The OFFICIAL ABRSM Violin Practice Partner is a simple way to make practising pieces for your exams more musical, enjoyable and fun. It is useful for anyone learning or teaching pieces from the ABRSM Violin Exam Pieces 2016–2019.
Use Violin Practice Partner to practise with the piano accompaniment, the violin part in isolation, or the duo ensemble recording. The app will help you to:
• Become familiar with the accompaniment and understand how the solo line fits with the piano part for more secure performances.
• Make practice more musical and enjoyable by having a virtual violin partner to play along with.
• Slow down or speed up the music to a tempo that suits you, for slow careful practice.
• Listen closely to the violin in isolation to hear every detail of the expert performance.
• Repeat tricky passages by setting loops around them.
You can also:
• Personalise the app – choose from nine different virtual partners to practise with!
Violin Practice Partner comes with one example piece from Grade 1 of the NEW ABRSM Violin Exam Pieces 2016–2019. In app you can purchase:
• Any piece* from the ABRSM Violin Exam Pieces 2016–2019 for Grades 1–7
• All nine pieces from the ABRSM Violin Exam Pieces selection syllabus for Grades 1-7*
* ‘Pig Ankle Rag’ – Grade 3, C1 – is for solo violin so is not featured in Violin Practice Partner. (The Grade 3 selection therefore contains eight pieces).
** Users of older devices such as the iPhone 4S or original iPad mini may encounter problems running Violin Practice Partner. Please test the app using the sample piece to ensure it is working effectively on your device before making any in app purchases.
What's New in Version 1.2.3
- Fixed issue with purchasing and restoring pieces
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VPP Device Licensing
iOS 8.1 or later
iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPad Air 2 (Cellular), iPad mini Retina (Cellular), iPad Pro (11-inch), iPad (5th Generation) Wi-Fi, iPad (6th generation) Wi-Fi, iPod touch (6th Generation), iPad Pro (11-inch) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad (6th generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation), iPad (5th Generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini (5th Generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini (5th Generation), iPad Pro, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 4 (Cellular), iPad mini 4, iPhone 11, iPod touch (7th generation), iPad mini 3 (Cellular), iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2nd generation), iPad Pro (Cellular), iPad Pro (9.7-inch) (Cellular), iPad Pro (10.5-inch) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro (9.7-inch), iPad mini Retina, iPad Air (Cellular), iPad Air (3rd generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air (3rd generation), iPad Pro (10.5-inch), iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2nd generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPhone 6, iPhone XR, iPhone XS, iPhone 6s, iPhone SE, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 5s, iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone XS Max, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 5, iPad (7th generation) Wi-Fi, iPhone 5c, iPad (7th generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Air3, iPad Air3Cellular, iPad Mini5, iPad Mini5Cellular, iPhone 11 Pro, iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular
Breaking an (expensive) app with an update in the middle of the exam period when my daughter has her exam in two weeks time is not good!
This app is well designed and extremely useful with many fantastic features such as the ability to change the speed of pieces and add/remove accompanying parts as needed - I find it very helpful for preparing for grade exams.
Unfortunately it is unreliable - for reasons that I can't understand, sometimes when I try to use it, the pieces constantly glitch and lag, rendering the app useless for that practice session. I've also found that when I've purchased a new piece, it can inexplicably take days to download onto every device that I own. Very frustrating and I would expect better from an app that I paid for.
Update: I've felt the need to add more to original review because I am so frustrated! This app could be really good and I'd be willing to pay even more for it, if it would only work properly. Several months after my original review and a couple of updates and all the same problems that I mentioned above still exist. What is the review system for if not to provide some feedback to the app designers of issues that need addressing? It isn't like the errors I've mentioned cause mild inconvenience or some loss of function; they render the app completely useless, which is unacceptable for something that you have paid money for.
Update #2 Over a year since purchase and issues still not addressed. The other reviews for this app speak volumes. Don't support by spending your money on something that people can't be bothered to fix to make sure it works properly.
I bought this app to support my son's violin practise, recommended by his teacher. He loves techy things so was very excited.
Initially it was brilliant and his tone and interpretation improved immensely. We loved being able to adjust the tempo, something which we could not do with the CDs which accompanied the book.
However, now, each piece constantly glitches to the point where it is unusable. Initially, we thought it was due to him having an older iPad, but it is a version iOS 9.1 so should not be a problem. Tried on his newer iPod too and the problem is the same.
Please, please hurry and fix this problem as it could be such a great app.
Bought the entire selection for grade 2 at 6.99 - all disappeared and tapping Restore Purchases does NOTHING to bring them back.
Downloaded the app in August 2016...The songs are STILL downloading as of today 1 Oct 2016.....
Great idea, we were excited about this. It didn't work on the older iPad, so after reading about the supported gadgets we used the new one. We can load the app but when we try to play a piece we have the same error message. "Downloading, the piece is still downloading" It hangs and nothing happens. It's been downloading the same piece for 3 days now! Shame.
This would be a 5 star app if it had grade 8 too as it's a practical app that is accessible, well developed and generally my saviour for grade 7. Please please please add grade 8 as I'm sure a lot of us violinists would benefit! Thank you!
You can't listen to the pieces
Maybe I'm just an unlucky person when it comes to technology...
This app is a wonderful and extremely helpful thing to have... If it works :(
After purchasing the exam pieces I found it impossible to play them because they constantly glitch! It has taken my money and failed me completely... :( other reviews looked promising and I'm gutted it hasn't worked for me. Good luck to the rest of you :(
This app is amazing. For someone like me who cannot play the piano with my feet whilst practicing the violin or afford a pianist to be around all the time this is an absolute godsend.
One annoying aspect which will take 2 lines of code to resolve. In the middle of a piece, the idle timer will background the app. Can you please disable the idle timer whilst playing is in progress. Then it'll get 5 stars from me.