Monthly Archives: October 2015

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

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