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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

eto is a vitally important music practice tool

 

Why is the eto music player so much better than others?

eto music practice allows many ways to customise your practice session to make it help your individual practice needs. BUT there are two particularly special, vitally important practice tools which make practising with eto quite unique.
A seamless method of scrolling the music notation: When you read a page of printed music and arrive at the end of the bottom line of a page you would have to turn the page. If you have a few bars rest and you are not playing then that’s OK, BUT, if you should be playing at the same time as you need to page turn it causes problems.
When you arrive at the end of the bottom line whilst practising with eto you only need to look up to the top left corner of your screen to find that the necessary music notation is there to be seen.
In other words the page has already been turned for you.
Another vitally important result of this method of scrolling is that the you will ALWAYS have sufficient bars of music displayed so that you can read ahead…which is ESSENTIAL.
No other practice software provides such a useful and convenient facility.
A real time Beat Counter: I have always told my pupils that the better you are the more you should count…not less. When you read music, particularly sight reading music for the first time, it is vital that you know EXACTLY where you are in the bar. This means you should be ‘counting’ the beat in the back of your mind. With practice and as you improve you will find this becomes a reflex action, instinctive…you do it without having to think about it. This is true, or should also be true of all physical aspects of playing an instrument.
To help you develop this skill eto provide a Real Time Beat Counter which appears above the stave. Each beat number appears exactly at the correct time and position at whatever tempo you choose to practise. You have the option of switching it off if you so wish.
eto therefore has used contemporary technology to provide extra practice tools; including some which are not possible just reading from the printed page.

What are the benefits of beat counter, scrolling, reading music, practising music on the eto player compared to others?

Apart from those two unique features described above here is a list and description of some others.

Choose a Start Bar: If you need to start your practise from a particular bar other than the beginning then you can enter the number of the bar from where you wish to start. When you click the Play button the Beat counter and sound will start from the bar before your chosen Start Bar. This gives you a bar ‘for nothing’; a ‘count in’ bar.
Choose an End Bar: whether you start from bar 1 or have chosen a different Start bar the music would normally play and display to the final bar of the piece. However you can choose a different End Bar
Repeat: if you Click the Repeat icon the music will start at your chosen Start Bar play until your chosen End Bar, and then start again, with a ‘count in’ bar from your chosen Start Bar. The music will repeat until you choose to Stop it.
Choose tempo: Click on the + or – signs to lower or raise the tempo at which the music is played and displayed.
Using these three choices allow you to customise your practice session to your own particular needs. You can identify the bars or sections which cause you difficulty and staring at the slower speeds you can play them over and over …with or without an accompaniment.

How can it be used by music teachers, home learners and those just for fun?
eto can help anybody who wishes to practise a musical instrument.

There are a special few, a very small percentage who have been born with a particular gift and desire to play.

The vast majority however need as much help and encouragement as can be provided.

Those who teach will have experienced two general problems with many ..perhaps not all..but certainly many of their pupils.

  • How to motivate their pupils to practise
  • How to ensure they practise correctly between lessons.

eto has tried to help solve these two issues.

Practising can be a lonely boring experience.
To counteract this:
The practice tools proved by eto seem to keep the pupils company. Their minds are more focussed and time will go more quickly …but will be used very efficiently and the practice session will be longer. The longer they practice the more they improve . The better they are the more enjoyable playing…and practising becomes.
Being able to use their computers, phones or tablets whilst practising provides a link to other activities. Practising can become a ‘norm’
Most eto practice apps provide accompaniments for the tunes or exercises They are more fun to play without diluting the effect.
Particular targets can be set by the teacher…By next lesson practise a particular section or number of bars at a certain tempo. Whilst practising repeat each section a particular number of times.
Practise can be monitored by parents. Beacuse the ‘correct’ performance can be heard and the Beat Counter can be followed parents, even if they are not players themselves, can better monitor and therefore help their children to practise. This is also true for non-specialist music teachers at school. Practising between Instrumental Teacher visits could be monitored.

Who are you? Cenfyn Evans eto creator #musictechnology

 

 

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We were lucky enough to drag Cenfyn away from the trumpet, although in the pic he’s playing mellophone, and have a few moments to see where it all began. The eto music player is now used in some 35 countries for instrument practice, but also across some 3,000 school choirs and at least 150,000 voices. Probably the most successful learn to read and play music and learn to read and sing music app in the world.

From a studio in the little village of Pontsian near Llandysul, West Wales, the eto music player is respected across the world.

How was this achieved?

1) When did you first realise you had a talent for music?
Piano lessons started when I was about 9 years old…..similar to children of my generation in the mining valleys. Most parents wanted to give their kids the opportunities they didn’t have as they grew up in the 1920’s… But my particular enjoyment and ability musically showed itself when I had the opportunity to play bugle in the Boy’s Brigade at our local Chapel. Playing the bugle tunes and calls came quite easily to me and from bugle came trumpet a couple of years later. By the way in that same Bugle band ……on drums…… was Chris Rees (AKA Chris Slade)…former original Tom Jones drummer now with AC/ DC
2) Did you have a music family background?
Yes. both Mam and Dad were involved for as long as can remember in the Amateur Musical Theatre companies in the Rhondda…and eventually they both sang in the Amateur Chorus of the Welsh National Opera Company.
3) You are from the Rhondda Wales, how did that influence you?
Hugely, with three world class Brass Bands within a 5 miles radius, similarly Mixed and Male Voice Choirs, Musical Theatre Companies; all amateur but of a professional standard. From the age of 14, I began playing in the accompaniment orchestras for the annual concerts that these groups worked toward……one week it may be The Mikado or Carousel…then perhaps a Messiah. This is not to mention that there were Dance Halls where everybody did a ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ for fun. I cut my Dance Band and Jazz Trumpet teeth in the 16 piece Top Rank Big Bands. But the back bone of my practical music education was the fantastic opportunity and encouragement we had via the Glamorgan Education Authority Music Service team of Peripatetic Instrumental Teachers ….free weekly lessons and residential courses every school holiday where we had a chance to rehearse the Classical Orchestral Repertoire.
4) You had a successful professional career in playing as a session musician and in bands, can you tell me about those days?
Because of the variety of opportunity I have already described I found that I could quite easily cope with a mixture of musical styles; Classical, Brass Band , Wind Band, Dance Band, Small Ensemble Jazz, Big Band Jazz, Soul Horn Sections, Keyboards in Rock/ Pop Bands. Since most entertainment was ‘live’ there was a lot of work available. I enjoyed the variety of styles; Soul, with the Four Tops, many Bach’s B Minor Mass performances particularly enjoyable at Llandaff Cathedral, Small Combo Jazz with my own Quintet and Keyboards with the Progressive Rock Band Hieronymous Bosch.
5) How did you move from a performer into teacher and music technology and highlights of where and when?
For a while after completing my Music Studies at University I taught Brass and Woodwind Instruments in schools during the daytime whilst performing whatever style I was asked to do in the evenings. After a few years I was invited to become Music Director of a National Theatre Company in Wales. The ‘memory bank’ of music styles I had developed held me in good stead when I needed to compose incidental music for plays.. I particularly enjoyed creating specific atmospheres which enhanced the drama on stage. At the time, Mid 1970s, the music was played live but eventually the company bought me a synthesiser..this was the beginning of my Music Technology journey….
6) The eto music player was actually created by you some time ago in the 80’s. Can you tell me about that?
I became fascinated by how music technology could enhance traditional music making and skills and noticed how captivated children were becoming with Computer Games. I wondered whether this fascination could help motivate them when they practised musical instruments. The eto concept was born…but it was called MUPADOS (Music Plays And Displays On Screen). It captured the imagination of many academics and was given rave reviews but it wasn’t easy to ‘justify’ music making with computers….(I have all the reviews). In 1983 we took part in a joint venture with Warner Bros. and published a series called Micro Maestro.
7) How has this now developed given broadband and apps?
Music Technology became my speciality……..or rather the application of Music Technology…composing, and creating virtual performances. Having ‘kept up’ with the rapid advance of technology, about 4 years ago I realised that the original MUPADOS concept was still relevant.
The speed of data processing allowed both sound and graphics to be manipulated far more. Perhaps most importantly music and computers were now totally accepted and everyone had a computer, Tablet or Mobile Phone.
8) You now sell the home learning music practice apps in some 35 countries globally and more recently school choir practice apps to some 3,000 schools in England. What comes next? Our aim is to increase our catalogue so that we can help offer the opportunity and encouragement at an affordable price to ALL those who want to play a musical instrument.
9) What can we learn and how do we learn from using the eto apps…?
eto Apps are the result of my life as a student, a teacher; a musician with experience of performing and composing a wide variety of styles. I had completed my school and university studies long before there was any conception of music technology as we know it today. I embraced the new technology and developed ideas as to how how it could help traditional music making; particularly practice.
Best used with a teacher eto Apps will help individuals practise IN BETWEEN lessons.
Very often teachers and parents are frustrated because not enough, or incorrect practice is done from week to week.
The pupils themselves are more likely to practise more and properly because they will have a recording of what they should practice. These recordings can be played at various speeds. Users can begin to practise slowly and build up to the final tempi.
Where appropriate there is an accompaniment to each of these which give further encouragement.
Individual bars or sections of the music can be chosen and repeated.
In others words your practice session can be customised to your own needs.

http://www.etomusicpractice.co.uk

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