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How to Practise: Jazz Trumpet Level 1

An amazing sounding, easy to use music app. This app thoroughly deserves a 5 star Certification and Educational App Store Recommended status.

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/jazz-trumpet-level-1-dlp-bits/id860204058?mt=8

and on android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.com.wp.dlp.bitsandpieces.trp

Teacher Review
Too many apps nowadays look great, with a host of unnecessary features, full social media options, and yet the actual content leaves a lot to be lacking. This app is the exact opposite of that. There are no silly distractions, as none are really needed because the quality of the concept and execution are brilliant……read the full review below

This is a short demo of one of the three beginner Jazz Trumpet pieces in our
Level 1 Jazz Trumpet App.
eto Music Practice has added a new dimension to the Dallas School of Music dlp Jazz Books.
The app gives music students an incredible practice tool by allowing almost complete control of the playback on dlp’s backing tracks- including the melody only tracks.

Learners have the ability to control their practice routines and practise at their own pace, working gradually up to each performance tempo.
The app also allows users to isolate and even loop any trouble areas of a song and that makes music practice much more fun and productive.
The Dallas School of Music/dlp Music Books team

The app’s music basis is the tried, tested and well respected play-along material of the Dallas Music School (dlp) Jazz Book series by the brilliant Mike Finkel; check out Mike’s teaching availability if you’re close to Dallas Texas.: http://www.ourscattereddreams.com/music-lessons-mike-finkel.html

This app contains the three Bits and Pieces songs with each version having its own variation of the melody and different backing track. A full, real live jazz combo is there with which you can practice and play 24/7.

The first, Bits and Pieces 1, has a range of notes from D to B (trumpet pitch) and is a really cool melody with swing 8s.

Bits and Pieces 2 pushes you to play E to D (trumpet pitch) with a more rhythmically sophisticated melody in a Latin feel with straight 8s.
The third Bits and Pieces 3, has a Latin straight 8 feel first time through and a cool swing second time. The note range is the same as Bits and Pieces 2 but you are extended because there is a more chromatic flavour to the new melody….introducing you to to some sharps and flats.

Don’t worry …as was at the beginning you can slow up the melody and the backing track, isolate difficult sections and work at your own pace…with or without the melody playing, with or without the accompaniment playing.

For iPad at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/jazz-trumpet-level-1-dlp-bits-and-pieces1-2-and-3/id860204058?ls=1&mt=8

For android  https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.com.wp.dlp.bitsandpieces.trp

There are also Apps for Alto Sax and Clarinet
For Desktop at: http://etomusicpractice.co.uk/shop/
Soon to be available for iPhone’ Android Phones and Tablets

REVIEW

An amazing sounding, easy to use music app. This app thoroughly deserves a 5 star Certification and Educational App Store Recommended status.

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/jazz-trumpet-level-1-dlp-bits/id860204058?mt=8

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.com.wp.dlp.bitsandpieces.trp

Teacher Review

Too many apps nowadays look great, with a host of unnecessary features, full social media options, and yet the actual content leaves a lot to be lacking. This app is the exact opposite of that. There are no silly distractions, as none are really needed because the quality of the concept and execution are brilliant.

As you may have guessed from the title, this is an app for aspiring trumpeters. When you load up the home screen you are presented with a selection of 3 songs. When you click on the songs you can see the sheet music and all you have to do is press play to get started. By far the most impressive thing about this app is the quality of the recordings. All the songs have been recorded live and the playing and sound quality is top notch.

The way it works is, the song plays with a beat counter that scrolls along the sheet music as the relevant portion of the song is being played. Then the user has the choice of playing along with the all the instruments, or taking out the Trumpet to play along with just the backing track. You can also remove the other instruments as well as the bar counter.

It’s this flexibility that really makes this a powerful tool. You also have the option to slow the song down in 10 bpm (beats per minute) increments. You can make the songs up to 40 bpm’s slower and it doesn’t have too much of an effect on the sound quality. Lastly, you can loop any section of the song, so if there’s one particular bit that you’re stuck on, you can slow it down and keep it on a loop until you get it right.

And that’s it – Simple, but highly effective. This setup is clearly the future of musical training. The next stages for the app are just to build on the amount of songs. For what it is, this app is perfect, but we’d love to see at some point, the addition of some theory lessons and possibly some tutorial videos, so a novice could learn to play using this app alone.

Overall we’re thoroughly impressed and would highly recommend the app for use in the classroom or at home.

Screenshots

  • Jazz Trumpet Level 1; dlp : Bits and Pieces1, 2 and 3-1Jazz Trumpet Level 1; dlp : Bits and Pieces1, 2 and 3-2Jazz Trumpet Level 1; dlp : Bits and Pieces1, 2 and 3-3Jazz Trumpet Level 1; dlp : Bits and Pieces1, 2 and 3-4

From the Developer

etoapps has added a new dimension to the Dallas School of Music dlp Jazz Books.

The app gives music students an incredible practice tool by allowing almost complete control of the playback on dlp’s backing tracks- including the melody only tracks.

The eto folks have done a great job of giving learners the ability to control their practice routines and practise at their own pace, working gradually up to each performance tempo.

The new app also allows users to isolate and even loop any trouble areas of a song and that makes music practice much more fun and productive.

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/jazz-trumpet-level-1-dlp-bits/id860204058?mt=8

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.com.wp.dlp.bitsandpieces.trp

The app’s music basis is the tried, tested and well respected playalong material of the Dallas Music School (dlp) Jazz Book series; Trumpet Level 1.

This app contains the three Bits and Pieces songs with each version having its own variation of the melody and different backing track. A full, real live jazz combo is there with which you can practice and play 24/7.

The first, Bits and Pieces 1, has a range of notes from D to B (trumpet pitch) and is a really cool melody with swing 8s.

Bits and Pieces 2 pushes you to play E to D (trumpet pitch) with a more rhythmically sophisticated melody in a Latin feel with straight 8s.

The third Bits and Pieces 3, has a Latin straight 8 feel first time through and a cool swing second time. The note range is the same as Bits and Pieces 2 but you are extended because there is a more chromatic flavour to the new melody….introducing you to to some sharps and flats.

Don’t worry …as was at the beginning you can slow up the melody and the backing track, isolate difficult sections and work at your own pace…with or without the melody playing, with or without the accompaniment playing.

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/jazz-trumpet-level-1-dlp-bits/id860204058?mt=8

– See more at: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/developer/eto-music-practice-ltd/id624151291

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Our 5 Star Award Jazz Trumpet practice App

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An amazing sounding, easy to use music app. This app thoroughly deserves a 5 star Certification and Educational App Store Recommended status.

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/jazz-trumpet-level-1-dlp-bits/id860204058?mt=8

Teacher Review

Too many apps nowadays look great, with a host of unnecessary features, full social media options, and yet the actual content leaves a lot to be lacking. This app is the exact opposite of that. There are no silly distractions, as none are really needed because the quality of the concept and execution are brilliant.

As you may have guessed from the title, this is an app for aspiring trumpeters. When you load up the home screen you are presented with a selection of 3 songs. When you click on the songs you can see the sheet music and all you have to do is press play to get started. By far the most impressive thing about this app is the quality of the recordings. All the songs have been recorded live and the playing and sound quality is top notch.

The way it works is, the song plays with a beat counter that scrolls along the sheet music as the relevant portion of the song is being played. Then the user has the choice of playing along with the all the instruments, or taking out the Trumpet to play along with just the backing track. You can also remove the other instruments as well as the bar counter.

It’s this flexibility that really makes this a powerful tool. You also have the option to slow the song down in 10 bpm (beats per minute) increments. You can make the songs up to 40 bpm’s slower and it doesn’t have too much of an effect on the sound quality. Lastly, you can loop any section of the song, so if there’s one particular bit that you’re stuck on, you can slow it down and keep it on a loop until you get it right.

And that’s it – Simple, but highly effective. This setup is clearly the future of musical training. The next stages for the app are just to build on the amount of songs. For what it is, this app is perfect, but we’d love to see at some point, the addition of some theory lessons and possibly some tutorial videos, so a novice could learn to play using this app alone.

Overall we’re thoroughly impressed and would highly recommend the app for use in the classroom or at home.

Screenshots

  • Jazz Trumpet Level 1; dlp : Bits and Pieces1, 2 and 3-1Jazz Trumpet Level 1; dlp : Bits and Pieces1, 2 and 3-2Jazz Trumpet Level 1; dlp : Bits and Pieces1, 2 and 3-3Jazz Trumpet Level 1; dlp : Bits and Pieces1, 2 and 3-4

From the Developer

etoapps has added a new dimension to the Dallas School of Music dlp Jazz Books.

The app gives music students an incredible practice tool by allowing almost complete control of the playback on dlp’s backing tracks- including the melody only tracks.

The eto folks have done a great job of giving learners the ability to control their practice routines and practise at their own pace, working gradually up to each performance tempo.

The new app also allows users to isolate and even loop any trouble areas of a song and that makes music practice much more fun and productive.

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/jazz-trumpet-level-1-dlp-bits/id860204058?mt=8

The app’s music basis is the tried, tested and well respected playalong material of the Dallas Music School (dlp) Jazz Book series; Trumpet Level 1.

This app contains the three Bits and Pieces songs with each version having its own variation of the melody and different backing track. A full, real live jazz combo is there with which you can practice and play 24/7.

The first, Bits and Pieces 1, has a range of notes from D to B (trumpet pitch) and is a really cool melody with swing 8s.

Bits and Pieces 2 pushes you to play E to D (trumpet pitch) with a more rhythmically sophisticated melody in a Latin feel with straight 8s.

The third Bits and Pieces 3, has a Latin straight 8 feel first time through and a cool swing second time. The note range is the same as Bits and Pieces 2 but you are extended because there is a more chromatic flavour to the new melody….introducing you to to some sharps and flats.

Don’t worry …as was at the beginning you can slow up the melody and the backing track, isolate difficult sections and work at your own pace…with or without the melody playing, with or without the accompaniment playing.

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/jazz-trumpet-level-1-dlp-bits/id860204058?mt=8

– See more at: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/developer/eto-music-practice-ltd/id624151291

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Eto Music for Primary Schools

 

Teachers……A whole class can be taught in front of an Interactive Whiteboard in the Classroom.
Smaller groups or individuals can practise in front of a single computer at their own pace. Tell your pupils to Register and they can practise at home.

Parents: Really useful computer activity. Start on the Recorder, learn to read music in preparation for learning other instruments. What a start!
Level 1 includes 10 tunes.
The first tune B Happy introduces one note and has, like all the other tunes, an exciting accompaniment. New notes are introduced in tunes that follow
‘Pupils will learn and improve more quickly because they’ll want to practise more.
Each tune can be practised with or without a full accompaniment.
The sound of the Recorder can be heard which helps with keeping in tune and playing the correct rhythm.
A Real Time Beat Counter appears above the music notation to act as a conductor and helps with the timing of each note
Each tune can be practised at slower speeds.
Start and End bars can be chosen so that each tune can be practised bar by bar, section by section.
The speed of practise can be increased until the whole piece can be played perfectly.

This is a video of Alis during her second lesson. As you can see she is enjoying what she has achieved in just two lessons. The next step for her is to practise at home getting to the right tempo and in the next lesson she will move on to the next tune.

Recorder1      Recorder2

 

• Go to http://www.etomusicpractice.co.uk/shop/ for PC or Android Apps
•or for iPad versions :–https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app-bundle/recorder-level-1-2-3/id966131458?mt=8

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How to Practise, Sing and Pronounce: Gwlad Gwlad (Mae Hen Wlad fy’ Nhadau

Do you want to learn to sing or pronounce the Welsh National Anthem?
You may even want to learn a harmony part: alto, tenor or bass. This brand new app from the National Library of Wales and etoapps will help you. Gwlad Gwlad will also give you an insight into the history of this wonderful song.
Learn the correct pronunciation of the Welsh words of Hen Wlad fy Nhadau.
Learn to sing the melody by selecting Female Melody or Male Melody.
Individual harmony parts can also be chosen and learnt: Alto, Tenor or Bass.
It can be practised from slow speeds to the speed at which it is popularly sung.
Practise in phrases or sentences. Start and stop points can be easily chosen and these sections can be repeated at the various speed until mastered.
Whilst learning your individual part you will have an instrumental accompaniment, your own part sung for you and eventually the other three parts for you to experience singing with others in harmony.
Follow the music notation and words for each part which are shown on the screen with a real time Beat Counter appearing above the music. This will keep you in time as would a conductor. The words are also highlighted in their appropriate place.
You don’t have to be able to read music to learn but you will have a better understanding of the music notation after singing with Gwlad Gwlad.
Gwlad Gwlad also gives the history of the music, lyrics and composers, illustrating the wealth of the National Library of Wales’s collections.
Gwlad Gwlad will enable people of all ages and background in Wales and throughout the world to sing the Welsh national anthem.

We are smallish very patriotic country. We all sing an anthem in the Welsh Language. Most who sing it  don’t understand the words or even pronounce them correctly…….. BUT no matter! Whatever the faults of performance it makes us all almost burst with a healthy pride.

No mention of  loyalty to a leader or indeed religion….which lessens the  problems of the rebellious nature of some…:)

It’s a pride in our Welsh heritage and culture that we celebrate.

Few emotions compare with the sense of national pride felt when blasting out the words Gwlad! Gwlad (my) Country, (my) Country with thousands of  compatriots at an international rugby match. It is the point at which the anthem reaches its stirring climax with a declaration of loyalty toward land and country and of the desire to see the ancient Welsh language endure.

‘Hen Wlad fy Nhadau (Land of my Fathers) was composed at a time (1856) when nations throughout Europe were rediscovering traditions which gave expression to their national identities.

However a romantic anecdotal reason for the words is that they were written in response to the author’s brother trying to persuade the family to emigrate to America. The words could have been a poem reminding the family of reasons to stay in Wales.

Usually only one verse and the chorus are sung. However, apart from the rousing celebration of Wales’ ancestry, poetic and musical talent of this first verse a second describes the country’s natural beauty . The final and third verse speaks of the nations survival.

If you want to learn even more of the Anthems history, perhaps help with the pronunciation and understanding of the Welsh words …or even want to have a go at a harmony part…alto, tenor or bass our App Gwlad Gwlad will help.

Here are links to a demo movie…
BBC NEWS VIDEO of the eto Gwlad Gwlad App:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-29462475

……and links to various formats in the App Store, Google Play and our web site.

now also available for iPhone as well as tablet.

Learn to sing and Perform the Welsh National Anthem on iOS:
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/gwlad-gwlad!-national-anthem/id908469898?mt=8

Learn to sing and perform the Welsh National Anthem on Android:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.com.wp.welshnationalanthem

 

 

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Stamina first……flexibility and musicality will follow…

Why does a boxer run miles every morning? So that he can run away in a fight…no:)

It is because he needs to build up his stamina; to make sure he can be strong enough to box as cleverly in the 10th round as he can in the first.

In reality it’s more about recovery time. A boxer will want to be able to recover within the minute between rounds. A trumpet player will want his lip muscles to be able to recover within the space of some bars rest.

The more you practice, the more you can, the more you want to, the more you enjoy it, the less it tires you.”
― Robert A. Heinlein, The Cat Who Walks Through Walls

THE most useful exercises for building lip muscle strength are the Slurring Exercises published in the Arban Cornet Method.

In particular Nos. 16 to 22  which ask that you practise slurring  thirds (major and minor) using the same fingering for each pair of notes that you need to slur.

if we are honest……..for most of us………they are extremely boring to practise.

To help counteract this we at eto Music Practice have:

  • created an accompaniment that you can play to; to keep you going. Holding you back with the longer note slurs and keeping you in time whilst slurring the shorter note values. However, you can switch it off if you want!
  • a recording of the solo line you need to practise………this helps your intonation because when getting tired your tuning suffers.

At the moment the App for Arban Slurs 16 -22 is available only for Desktop:

View the Demo Movie at our shop:
http://etomusicpractice.co.uk/shop

The IPad and Android versions will soon be available and we ‘ll announce this when they are.

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Talent is practice in disguise!

Of course there are some who have been blessed with natural gifts BUT with practice anybody can raise the standard of their playing. Without practice there would be NO improvement however natural your gifts.

This is why eto Music Practice is committed to making you WANT to practise…….making your practice sessions as efficient and enjoyable as possible.

I read the phrase of this blog’s title in book The Practice of Practice by Jonathan Harnum………well worth a read.

‘The more I practice, the luckier I get,’ is a well known phrase attributed to Arnold Palmer or Gary Player the golfers…and many more:)

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Michelangelo the Italian sculptor, painter, architect, poet, and engineer (1475 – 1564) who had  an unparalleled influence on the development of Western Art said of himself:
If people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it would not seem so wonderful at all.


“I really feel that if you’re gonna be good, you gotta practice… Practice whatever the hell you do.”
― Ray Charles

Be encouraged….but perhaps they are being a little modest:


“What I have achieved by industry and practice, anyone else with tolerable natural gift and ability can also achieve.”
― Johann Sebastian Bach


“It is a mistake to think that the practice of my art has become easy to me. I assure you, dear friend, no one has given so much care to the study of composition as I. There is scarcely a famous master in music whose works I have not frequently and diligently studied.”
― Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

We at eto Music Practice are committed to making your practice sessions as enjoyable and efficient as possible…so that you will WANT to practise more and more. Whether you use a Tablet or Desktop you will have:
  • an accompaniment whenever you need it/ him/ her:)…….except certain studies
  • the recorded sound of what you need to opractise
  • A number of speeds at which to practise…with or without the accompaniment and whatever bars or sections you need to practise over and over. You will feel as if you are performing as you practise.

Have a look at the demo movies for ALL our in our Shop. You will also see which are available for each format.
http://www.etomusicpractice.co.uk/shop

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Learn to Play Music with eto Music Learning Software #parents #musiced

 

 

 

According to Don Cherry, the great Jazz Trumpeter……
There is nothing more serious than having fun.
Many would feel that if you’re having fun, enjoying yourself,the value of whatever you are doing is diluted.
Of course this is not true…and eto Music Practice does everything it can to make sure that practising with their Apps is always enjoyable.
We believe that the more enjoyable practice can become the more you will want to practise.
The more you practise the more you will improve.

Here are some of the ways in which practice is enjoyable with eto Music Practice:

  • the recorded sound of the music to be practised ‘keeps you company’ as well as keeping you in time and in tune. You have to listen …which engages you and time flies.
  • accompaniments are there for you 24/7. You are practising with others.
  • being able to slowdown the sound of the solo part and accompaniment makes practise enjoyable even when you need to repeat difficult sections at the slower tempo. In other words you are performing as you practise.

There are eto Music Practice Apps available for Desktop, IPad and Android.

View our Apps at our eto Shop    there are movie demos of all Apps and links to all available formats.  Also on iTunes

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/developer/eto-music-practice-ltd/id624151291

 

 

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Recorder Music Practice Levels 1,2 & 3.

 

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http://www.etomusicpractice.co.uk/shop/

A whole class can be taught in front of an Interactive Whiteboard in the Classroom. It is a most effective way of learning to read music. Learn to read as you play. Note by note. ‘Pupils will learn and improve more quickly because they’ ll want to practise more often.’ The annual price, £25, includes an extra 30 Licenses to encourage each pupil to practise at home on their own or family personal computers. Music reading and music theory skills will be developed and can later be transferred to another instrument or be used to carry on and explore the wonderful Recorder repertoire. Level 1 Recorder has 10 tunes. Here is a list of the tune titles and what notes each uses: B Happy – B; Star Code – B; Go for A Walk – A; Two Note Blues – A, B; GEE! – G; A Quiet Salsa – G, A; Old RockDonald’s BAG – B, A, G; The Banjo BAG – B, A, G; Be Happy Again – B, A, G; (this tune also can be used as a duet for B Happy).

Level 2 Recorder has 10 tunes and the price includes up to 30 extra Licenses for Pupil Home Practice. ‘Pupils will learn and improve more quickly because they’ ll want to practise more often.’ The annual price, £25, includes an extra 30 Licenses to encourage each pupil to practise at home on their own or family personal computers. Here is a list of the tune titles and which notes each uses: High CD Rock – Top C, Top D Bing Bong – G, A, B, Top C, Top D Bing BongED – E, D (and a duet to play Bing Bong in two parts) BeachED – E, D (extra practice to help cover all the holes) Old RockDonald – D, E, G, A, B F# and G Polka – F#, G Sharp Sailing – E, F#, G, A, B Banjo – E, D F#, G, A. B, Top C, Top D Giant Leaps – Top C, D, Top D, E, Top E, G, Top G Jingle Bells – D, E, F#, G, A, B, Top C, Top D, Top E, Top G

Level 3 Recorder develops playing from where Level 2 has taken you. The new notes to learn and practise are Top C#, F, and Bb As with Levels 1 and 2 it is a most effective way of learning to read music. Learn as you play note by note and the whole class can be taught using an Interactive Smartboard. ‘Pupils will learn and improve more quickly because they’ ll want to practise more often.’ The annual price, £12, includes an extra 30 Licenses to encourage each pupil to practise at home with their own or family personal computers.

http://www.etomusicpractice.co.uk/shop/

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Piano Practice intermediate mix Apps


Description
Described by App Review pages as ‘the best piano practice Apps we have seen. Well designed and many features.
This Bundle combines all three of our Piano Apps for you to enjoy your piano practise every time. To play fast, practise slowly !
EastEnders:
A truly engaging and atmospheric piece of music and probably one of the best known TV theme tunes from Simon May.
Music Copyright Sony/ATV Music Publishing (UK) Ltd.

You have four versions of EastEnders for Piano to practise :
1. EastEnders – with the piano sound as a guide. Choose Right Hand or Left Hand or both. Practise one hand while the other is played for you. This version has mainly single lines in both hands with a few chords.
2. EastEnders – without the piano sound as a guide. You now can be the soloist with the band.
3. EastEnders – with more chords to practise and play. It’s a little more difficult but worth the practice.
4. EastEnders – with more chords to practise and play; but without the piano sound. Again you can be the soloist with the band.

• All are in the key of E Flat; the key that is used on TV and all have the same full range of practice facilities.

The Entertainer. Ever since it was used as the theme tune for the film Sting Scott Joplin’s The Entertainer has been the Ragtime piano piece that everybody wants to play.

The usual WebPractice facilities are included; to practise along with a performance at various tempi and be able to repeat individual bars and/ or sections.

The ability to separate the audio and notation of each hand allows you to practise the vamping leaps of the Left Hand whilst the Right Hand is played for you and the syncopation of the Right Hand whilst the Left Hand is played.
You can also choose to see the fingerings for each note for both hand together or separately.

All this can be done at a tempo to suit your needs. Start slowly, master the notes and rhythm until you can play it at a speed which swings.

In 1723 Bach wrote his 15 Two Part Inventions in order to help his pupils to practise.
This is what he said:

Honest method, by which the amateurs of the keyboard – especially….those desirous of learning – are shown a clear way. …learn to play cleanly in two parts….

This App cannot better Bach’s musical content BUT can help the way you can practise it.
The usual WebPractice facilities are included to practise along with a performance at various tempi and be able to repeat individual bars and/ or sections.

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app-bundle/the-piano-treble/id979050274?mt=8

 

 

How to Practice: Arban Study No.10

You can practise with performances of the whole study at tempi from 50 to 120 bpm.
At the faster speeds there are appropriate changes of tempi during the Piu Lento section.

Do you single or Double tongue at 120…?
There is a danger of slipping into Double Tonguing at tempi where you really should perhaps have practised sufficiently to Single tongue…
What would you do now?
Here is the opening at 120 bpm. can you single tongue it?

(In preparation)

 

 

 

How to Practise: Jazz Trumpet Level 1 (2)

This is a second blog about our Jazz Trumpet Level 1 App:
Available on:
iPhone and iPad from The App Store
Android Phones and Tablets from Google Play

Forgive me experienced teachers for explaining what you already know but I hope you can see how your pupils can be helped to practise…especially in between lessons.

Playing Jazz  is about ‘feel’, about playing in an appropriate style.
The way you articulate (start) each notes should be different to the way you play, say,  an Arban  tonguing exercise.

The start the notes should sometimes be less explosive Sometimes a note should be held a little longer..
Of course you need to keep to the beat BUT you need sometimes to give  a feeling that you are slightly before or after the beat.

In other words the technique needed to play in this way is every bit needing of practise as the march like fast tonguing of other styles.

eto’s practice tools give you the opportunity of playing along with a recording of the part AND toplay along with Jazz rhythm section.
When you are ready you can switch off the recorded part and you become the soloist …the lead trumpet.

There are three separate pieces to practice; gradually getting  more ‘sophisticated’
You practise both swing and straight 8ths (quavers)  and  more syncopation…the melody is less ‘straightforward taking you ‘off’ the beat.

All in all an ideal introduction to playing in a small jazz combo (band).
Here’s a peep at  each of the three pieces. Oh, yes  each of them can be practised at three slower speeds and in sections with or without the backing band.

Here’s the opening of Bits and Pieces 1 at it’s performance tempo of 100 beats per minute:

Next is Bits and Pieces 2 …more off the beat syncopation…awkward rhythms.
The performance tempo is 110 ppm but It’s shown hear at 70 bpm to demonstrate how the Beat Counter above the notes can help you keep in time and read the notation. You can practise at 70/ 80/ 90 and 100 to build up to the final speed:

The final example is Bits and Pieces 3 at its performance tempo of 110 bpm.. it has both swing and straight 8ths (quavers). Don’t forget you can practise it much slower to help with the syncopated rhythms :

Hope you get the App and really enjoy practising with it.
iPhone and iPad from The App Store
Android Phones and Tablets from Google Play

How to Practise: Bach Two Part Invention No. 8

This blog is an introduction to our App which helps practise Bach’s Two Part Invention No. 8.
It’s available for iPad in the App Store 

As with our other instrumental apps a phrase we use is …to play fast practise slowly.

For pianists perhaps we should add another; use the correct  fingering from the start.
It is so easy to ‘get away’ with awkward fingering when you play slowly but problems will definitely occur later on….

To help put both ‘phrases’ into practise eto’s App enables you to practise in a unique way as you will see if you try practising with the demo movies below.

We hope that piano teachers will see that by using our Apps pupils will practise perhaps more efficiently and more often between lessons.

Here’s a tempo at which together used to the fingering 60 bpm:

When ready go on to 70 ppm…just a little faster makes a difference:

Don’t move on until you are really secure to 80 bpm:

Now on to 90 bpm:

100 bpm. Don’t expect to reach the faster speeds without practising them for quite a while:

Let’s jump up by 20 bpm to 120 ppm. In the App you could go via 110 bpm:

Now 140 bpm:

160 bpm:

You need to decide or take advice from a teacher whether to practise each section up to a fast speed or practise the whole piece at the slower tempi and move on from beginning to the end at the same tempo.

Here’s 180 ppm:

Now 200 ppm:

Here’s 220 the final tempo in the blog but the App helps you to 240 bpm:

There are so many more practice tools you can use in the App. You use them in the combination that suits you.

  • Choose a section to practise and repeat it
  • Isolate the notation and/ or audio of either hand…in other words you can play along with the Right Hand part whilst the Left Hand Part is Played for you. When you are ready turn the audio off….or maker it quieter.
  • All this can be done at various speeds …starting slowly at 60 beats per minute and going upon to 240 ppm in 10 bpm steps.
  • You should be absolutely secure at a tempo before moving on…even a little faster can trip you up.
  • https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bach-two-part-invention-no-8-piano-practice/id758852884?ls=1&mt=8

Bach wrote his Two Part Inventions specifically to help and motivate his pupils to practise……we can’t improve the musical content but we can help a little more by using available technology.

How to Practise: Arban Double Tonguing Exercises Nos. 77-86

Improve your Single as well as Double Tonguing.

It’s best to start practising them at a single tongue tempo. Indeed perhaps single them and then with the sound of singles in your head practise your double tu and ku (particularly the ku).

Try single tonguing at Tempo 50bmp AND THEN Double Tonguing being careful to get the Doubles as equally crisp and even  as your singles.(excuse the Christmas Carol Pun)….Good King Wenceslas….:) If you find it difficult to go all the way to F just stop where you need to , start again….your muscles will develop the strength to reach the higher notes the more practice you do. DO NOT force the sound out by using too much pressure or altering the shape of your embouchure.!

 

Now try it at 60 bpm:

There is a temptation to use double tonguing too soon , at speeds, which would be better single tongued. It is therefore very useful to use use these exercises to quicken your single tonguing technique as well as your Double Tonguing.
If and when you get the App test yourself on how quickly you can single tongue…you should aim for perhaps 100/ 110 semiquavers( 16th Notes).
Here’s  110 bpm:

Available for:
iPhone and iPad from the App Store

 

How to Practise: Carnival of Venice

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/carnival-of-venice-for-trumpet-cornet-and-piano/id722433065?mt=8

Here’s the first, an Introduction, to a series of Blogs on How to Practise: Carnival of Venice…

Few would argue that Carnival of Venice by Jean Baptiste Arban is one of the Airs and Variations they would like to play. BUT it really does take a lot of work.

This App is designed to give you the practice tools that will make your practice sessions as efficient as possible; so that you make organised , steady progress.

One off the mantras is that to play fast you practise slow. Carnival is certainly the place to put this into practice and this App gives you facilities to practise all the Variations slowly at first and build up to the speeds that are suitable for your ability and your interpretation of the piece.

To help choose the tempi we should include, I analysed recordings of Carnival by Wynton Marsalis, Maurice Andre and the American Navy Band and have included the range of tempi used by them.

For instance Wynton Marsalis takes Variation 4 at 100 bpm. You could aim to practise to……

Maurice Andre 85 bpm …a little slower…perhaps he preferred it musically that speed:

Using the App you can build up to your tempo from 30 bpm:

Why not go through the tempi…here’s 40 bpm:

Don’t move on until you are absolutely in control…here’s 50 bpm:

60bpm next:

70 bpm:

Last one 80 bpm…85 and 1§00 are above remember….oh and the App has 95… at these tempi a slight difference makes for control or uncontrollably….always be in control….and musical.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/carnival-of-venice-for-trumpet-cornet-and-piano/id722433065?mt=8

eto Practice Thoughts (Trumpet/ Cornet): Listening, tuning and breathing

  • The volume of your phone or Tablet my not be loud enough . Why not use  a set of headphones and just use one ‘ear’.
    Having said this you will find that you WILL hear the part you are practising if you play a wrong note….your mistake will be highlighted and stand out from the correct recorded performance.
  • It’s not only wrong notes that will stand out but also your tuning, your intonation.
    If you play out of tune you will notice it, so do your best to adjust.
  • A good way of practising in these cases is to practise slowly…even though you may be able to play the notes easily. Slower practice will allow you time to adjust your tuning and also strengths you embouchure muscles.
  • Breathing properly effects your tuning and sound. It’s worth viewing this 8 minute video explanation of ‘how to breathe’ as a trumpet player. It’s by the great Australian player James Morrison.
  • have fun with practise and see links to our current trumpet apps as below:

Links to Trumpet/ Cornet Apps Apps:

  1. Arban No. 1;iPad; iPhone;  Android Tablet…
  2. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/arban-study-no-1-advanced-trumpet-practice/id624151228?mt=8
  3. Arban Triple Tonguing;  iPad; iPhone
  4. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/arban-triple-tonguing-exercises-1-4/id1021099892?ls=1&mt=8
  5. Arban Double Tonguing;  iPad;
    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/arban-double-tonguing-exercises-77-86-trumpet-cornet/id1023152129?ls=1&mt=8
  6. Arban Slurs;  iPad
    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/arban-slurs-advanced-trumpet-and-cornet-practice/id1043259078?mt=8
  7. Arban Single Tonguing;  iPad
    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/arban-single-tonguing-ex-13-advanced-trumpet-cornet/id1090748108?mt=8
  8. Carnival of Venice; iPad
    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/carnival-of-venice-advanced-trumpet-and-cornet-practice/id722433065?mt=8
  9. Solo from So What; Desktop; iPad
    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/so-what-trumpet-solo-learn-to-play-miles-davis-trumpet/id992478193?mt=8
  10. Jazz Level 1; Desktop; iPad
    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/jazz-trumpet-level-1-dlp-bits-and-pieces1-2-and-3/id860204058?mt=8
  11. Arban No. 10; iPad
    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/arban-study-no-10-advanced-trumpet-and-cornet-practice/id727269846?mt=8
 

How to Practise: Arban Triple Tonguing Exercises 1 to 4

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/arban-triple-tonguing-exercises-1-4/id1021099892?mt=8

Developing your Triple Tonguing technique takes a great deal of hard work…..a great deal of hard physical effort…OK not as painful as working toward a 26+ mile marathon or weight lifting but similar in many ways.

You’ll need to be consistent in your practice and don’t expect quick results…

It would be foolish to attempt or expect to run anywhere near the 26 miles on day one ..or even month one.
You don’t start by lifting the heaviest weight you can!

Build up your distance and lifts with sensible, planned repetitive routines.

Even with the physical demands of running and weight lifting there are some vital subtle techniques that are to be recognised and adhered to. It’s not all wam bam...let’s get as strong as we can.

The VITAL subtlety when Triple Tonguing is practised is that with each of the three tonguing motions…the triples…MUST be of the same length and crispness.

The ONLY way this can be achieved is by practising slowly and only moving on to a faster tempo when each one of the triple tongues sound as if it is a controlled single tongue.

This is where the eto App can really help. The app presents numbers 1 to 4 of the Arban Cornet Method Triple Tonguing Exercises. ALL the exercises can be heard at tempi from 50 to 240 beats a minute and the ‘printed’ music  can be seen with a realtime Beat Counter ‘moving’ in perfect sync above the notation acting as your personal conductor.

I’m now going to create and publish a few demo videos to show how this would work.

First of all, as suggested, start very slowly making sure each element of the triplet is even and crisp…. This is playing at 60 beats per minute…you could start at 50bpm.

You could then , when absolutely ready..move on to 70 bpm:

 

Then 80 bpm:

The tempi rise in increments of 10 beats per minute :

Here’s 150bpm:

and 190bpm:

The tempi available are 50 to 240 bpm inclusive…

You can start and finish according to your needs and experience….but plenty to keep you practising for quite a while:)

You will probably already own an Arban Cornet Method but in case you do not, there is a link to a pdf of Exercises 1 – 4 within the App.

Here is the link on iTunes to our app:

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/arban-triple-tonguing-exercises-1-4/id1021099892?mt=8

This app is also contained within two further discount app bundles description on the iTunes page. Enjoy!

I shall occasionally be sharing some extra tips about this App and hope to eventually have a full series of How to Practice ….for all eto Music Practice Apps.

If you have any questions or comments or suggestions for the Trumpet/ cornet repertoire you might like to practise via our Apps, please let us know via the comment box  at the bottom of this post.

Thank you for getting in touch!

 

 

Why use eto apps to practise?

eto Music Practice apps are not designed to dilute the value of  and need for lessons with a teacher.

We are ourselves, musicians, music teachers and music technology experts with a history of playing and performing music.

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/developer/eto-music-practice-ltd/id624151291

We produce and publish as musicians; the technology is second to the music!

We are absolutely not detracting from the value of music lessons…we encourage teachers to use our apps  and experience for themselves the way our apps motivate and help practice.!

The primary intention of the apps is to motivate and enable students to practise between lessons.  whatever age level of ability.

Our apps provide the music notation, a beat counter and control over practice speeds, as well as the ability to repeat bars  or sections.

We welcome and invite suggestions for new music to include.

Here are our current apps : https://itunes.apple.com/gb/developer/eto-music-practice-ltd/id624151291

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