Monthly Archives: September 2015

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:

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

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:)

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.

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