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How to Practise: Arban Triple Tonguing Exercises 1 to 4


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:


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!



Helping Hearing Impaired to Practise a Musical Instrument

Eto music practice ltd is a small private producer and publisher of music practice apps based in Llandysul, Ceredigion, Wales. The apps are used in some 35 countries and our school choir apps have been used by some 3,000 schools in England and up to 150,000 school children.

Helping hearing impaired with music practice

I was thrilled when my colleague Robert Winter copied me into an email thread about a news piece he had watched on ITV Wales News.

It concerned a young lady of 16 who played the clarinet…very well. Amazingly well considering she is profoundly deaf.

She expanded in her interview how she hears/ senses the music she plays through her fingers and vibrations and a link to her hearing support.

I immediately felt a sense of almost guilt at the time….when younger…I avoided practising my trumpet!

The outcome was/ is that Robert has written to an organisation called Fixers who help Poppy and others in similar circumstances. He offered Poppy an opportunity to choose..if she wanted…our eto Music Practice Apps to work with and to see if they help or aid and have advantages over sheet music. The audio on each app is correct for all music notation, whatever the instrument,  will certainly help students to understand the hearing and feeling of the ‘correct’ notes as well as learn to read music notation.

We also produce a range of practise/ rehearsal school choir songs, and our belief is that these will considerably help those hearing impaired children singing with their school choir.

From what I understand,  and I am hoping, is that our Apps on iPad or iPhone, with full audio,  synced to the Beat Counter above the music notation, can be ‘plugged’ into a variety of different hearing devices and would indeed enhance Poppy’s practice sessions. The app functionality also allows students to have control over their practise tempi/ speed. This allows the student to learn at their own pace up to performance tempi and repeat any bars, as they wish, in order to practise. We also believe our music player could be developed and we are open to ideas and suggestions?

We hope that the eto music player has a key advantage as it also provides audio and accompaniments, unlike sheet music. This obviously has some enourmous advantages for the hearing impaired. We at least hope it adds a little extra help!

If it does indeed help, we at eto will be thrilled and would certainly love to work with others in this field, so please, just let us know on the contact form below.

We don’t know yet how well this will work and how many benefits this will offer…let’s wait and see…fingers crossed….(but not when you are practising:) !

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

Poppy’s story : http://www.fixers.org.uk/news/15784-11226/deaf-stereotypes.php

Apps for hearing impaired and deaf young people: http://www.ndcs.org.uk/family_support/technology_and_products/apps_for_deaf_young_people/apps_for_deaf_young_people/index.html


How to Practise: One Big Voice Anthem (Choir in 2 parts)

Direct Links to the App Store and Google Play:
Available as an App for iPhone and iPad.

Available as an App for Android Phones and Tablets. 

This is so ‘singable’.

Perhaps a silly simplistic description but it really is a joy to perform this composition and arrangement by Donna Mawrick O’Brien..

For those lucky enough to be taking part in the August 18th One Big Voice concert at Perth, Australia, this App will help you learn your parts…….and I’m sure Donna, your Music Director will help you learn the parts the way she wants them to sound.

BUT..this song/ arrangement although the ‘anthem’ for the One Big Voice event, is suitable to be performed by all and any young people’s choir wherever you are!

After a full Band Introduction the first Chorus is sung in Unison:

This is followed by  Verse 1 where the choir splits into two parts.

Part 2 ‘answers’ Part 1. You can easily alter the volume balance of the individual Parts and Band by using the faders provided.

The song continues in this way with Part 2 answering Part 1 through Verse 2 and a third Chorus..ending with a Unison 3rd Chorus.

Therefore you can choose which Part to sing; Choose which section you want to rehearse and  be confident that whenever you have a full rehearsal you will know your part and confidently really enjoy yourself.

For those who haven’t got a choir within easy reach you can still enjoy practising with this App….

Direct Links to the App Store and Google Play:
Available as an App for iPhone and iPad.
Available as an App for Android Phones and Tablets. 

There is a link to a pdf of a score of the song within the App.


How eto is making music archives accessible!


Making music accessible!

We all know that there are some quite unique and brilliant music archives all across the globe, covering every genre and age of music. Some are very large National Collections and some private smaller archives, preserving their music for future generations. They give us the music that we listen to and enjoy and tell us even more about the composers and performers that we admire.

My concern here is that many of these great pieces of work never get to see the light of day. Perhaps more importantly, many are not known to us, the music fans, performers and teachers.

Often these pieces of gold are just simply residing on printed music sheets, resting on the shelves waiting to be discovered.


To hear and inspire….

For most of us, the hearing of a piece of music can inspire. Maybe this leads us on to learn to play the piece, or perform, or simply listen and enjoy and then seek out further works by the same composer or artist.

There are for me two worrying facets to such archives simply residing on archive shelves. If it has previously been performed it may not be by an artist or orchestra that we are aware of, or knew had recorded the piece. Secondly, If it has not been performed and recorded recently, it may only exist on sheet music. It may take a long time to be heard and performed again, or even lost to the contemporary world swamped by what’s popular and what is not.

eto Music Practice Ltd fully understands the need for protection and preservation of composers and publishers rights. But we also understand the need to make all music, not just great music accessible to all, and in many cases, to an all NEW audience!


Copyright protection…

Our music player has unique properties. Yes it shows the music notation and arrangements in full. However this music notation cannot be downloaded or copied. ( so NO photocopying of the sheet Músic!)

Our unique beat counter and facility to listen to the different parts in any arrangement as well as hear and see the music at various practice tempi, simply brings the music alive. This encourages music practise, performance practise and rehearsal or even simply enjoy playing along at home.

The eto music player has been designed to operate as a desktop player, for apps on iTunes and as android Google apps and for tablets and phones, not just PC’s.

There is an easy option here that the sheet music, traditionally sold by most publishers can be included in the app, or not included, but added as an additional in-app purchase. The customer benefits from having the eto player play the music that they can hear and practise to, at their own learning tempi, as well as provide all parts and fully bring alive the sheet music.

For the school, workshop and at home….

The eto music player can be used on whiteboards in school, or in a music workshop or at an orchestra rehearsal. The music can be practised on tablet or phone or PC so the next rehearsal is indeed just that, not just hearing all the players learning their part in rehearsal, which can waste time for everyone.

If the thought of having your valuable music published on apps and globally available makes you shudder,  then think of two aspects.

Firstly the eto music player makes the music much more widely accessible and available globally. Secondly, the use of the music can be much more strictly controlled to single users. Indeed, with the new limited online music licence now available from PRS/MCPS eto can provide a music player for you which can only be accessed by single user subscriptions. This means globally available via your website, but all rights protected and all music protected by the eto music player. So much more secure than sheet music! ( although as we said, this can be added in, or as an extra purchase, so no loss of income for sheet music sales !)

We are happy to advise and provide guidance on the management and control of your copyright content and how we can make this accessible to a new global audience.

Alongside the production and publishing of the music content, all in-house, in all formats, we also provide global marketing and PR for the music to ensure you reach a global audience. It is in both of our interests to see your music widely heard and used!

Just get in touch…..



How to Practise: Kumbaya for 4 Part Choir

Direct Links to the App Store and Google Play:
Available as an App for iPhone and iPad
Available as an App for Android Phones and Tablets

On August 18th 2017 a choir of over 4000 pupils from Years 3 to 7 will be performing this imaginative choir arrangement of Kumbaya with a distinctive ‘Aussie feel’.

For those lucky enough to take part please take note of what your music director, Donna Marwick-Obrien suggests.
The App is designed to help you learn which-ever part you are allocated. I hope you find that when you get together for the concert you will really know your part and have a great time.

The choir needs to sing in 4 parts.

All 4 parts are available on the App therefore you could split your choir as you wish, or even suggest that choristers swop parts occasionally…..so that as many that wish can have a chance to sing the melody.

It could be that your choir is split into 4 groups. In the first two verses, two of the 4 sections could sing the solo (melody) part and then split in Verse 3, so that some carry on with the solo(melody) and others take on the Descant line.

You can choose:

  • To view and hear each part with a beat counter above the notation acting as conductor.
  • Adjust the volume of each part to suit your needs as you learn your part
  • Practise with the full band accompaniment

There are four verses.

Verses 1 and 2 are in three parts:
Part 1 (Solo) : has the recognised melody 
Parts 2 and 3: 
these provide lines which are both harmonic and simulate Aussie rhythms.

Here is the opening of Verse 1:

Here are two examples of the beginning of Verse 2 illustrating how the Harmony parts can be displayed. The volume of the parts can be easily balanced using the available faders. This will help hear each individual part more clearly when you are learning it.

Each Part can be heard on its own even. This is with the band …but they can also practise without the band.

During Verses 3 and 4 Parts 1 , 2 and 3 carry on with  similar lines but now a 4th part enters .

Here is the beginning of Verse 3 showing how the Descant part comes in ..I’ve balanced the volumes so it can be heard…but eventually, when you are ready, the part you are learning can be turned off and you can practise holding the part on your own…This will give you a lot of confidence when you go to the full choir rehearsal/s.

This new part is in some ways a Descant line providing additional harmonic timbres but in a  ‘shouting/ response’ style. This adds another different element and  ‘feel’ to the piece.

Choose a Start Bar to practise from different  places. Also chose an End Bar and set Repeat to practise awkward sections over and over again.

In other words choose whatever combination of practice tools you need.

The effect will be that you will be able to learn your part so well that you can  perform exactly as your conductor wants and really enjoy the performing.

This is the history of Kumbaya.
According to Alpha Dictionaries.com”Kumbaya, my Lord” was first recorded by an out-of-work English professor, Robert Winslow Gordon, in 1927. Gordon went on a search for black spirituals and recorded a song “Come by Here, My Lord”, sung by H. Wylie. The song was sung in Gullah on the islands of South Carolina between Charleston and Beaufort. Gullah is the Creole language featured in the Uncle Remus series of Joel Chandler Harris and the Walt Disney production of Song of the South. “Come by here, my Lord” in Gullah is “Kum by (h)yuh, my lawd”

American missionaries took the song to Angola after its publication in the 1930s, where its origins were forgotten. In the late 1950s the song was rediscovered in Angola and returned to North American where it swept the campfire circuit as a beautiful and mysterious religious lyric. That is why the song is associated with Angola in many current printed versions.

In the US, however, the song was associated with Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and other campers sitting around a campfire in perfect harmony.

Direct Links to the App Store and Google Play:
Available as an App for iPhone and iPad
Available as an App for Android Phones and Tablets

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Solo from So What – Miles Davis


There are many practice facilities in this app that can be customised to suite individual needs. Of particular value are the ability to slow down the solo and the rhythm section accompaniment without losing quality and the real time Beat Counter which shows where you are in the bar.

The sound of the trumpet is not Miles. A trumpet sample has been used. This makes sure that there is no loss of quality at the slower speeds. This will help you keep in tune and hit the right notes.

The balance of the trumpet sound to the band is such that you can hear the solo as you are practising. When you are ready you can switch off the trumpet sound.

Miles plays at 135bpm. You can start practising at 60 and you can build up by 10bpm bar by bar, phrase by phrase, with or without the sound of the trumpet or rhythm section.

Practise so that you can play the correct notes, perfectly in tune and in time. THEN you can imitate the note bends and half valve techniques that Miles uses. You also will be building up a bank of phrases that you can use in your own solo playing. Copying and studying the greats of the past is an ideal way of learning and gaining the confidence to develop your own style.

Eto Music Practice offer this app as a practice tool; a means to an end. The aim is that you practise efficiently and improve quickly. This will result in you being better prepared to enjoy performing with fellow musicians.

All the Trumpet Practice apps:



How to learn to play recorder and read music!

If you want start again, or start from fresh, these apps teach and encourage practice and how to read music. You may be 8 or you may be 80, but learning and playing music is great fun and great for the brain cells!#


How to use our Apps for best practise

The three basic starter levels:

Level 1.


Level 2.


Level 3.



Level 2 & 3 Discount Bundle:


How to use the Practice App

Our app is very straightforward:

Choose the part that you want to practice from the drop down menu top left of the screen

Choose Instrument ( Recorder )

Choose Tempo: the speed at which you want to practice.

Press Play: the music will start from the very beginning.

Menu Choices

These are the choices that you can use in ANY combination.

Beat Counter: It is your ‘personal conductor’. It keeps you in time and reminds you of the rhythm of the notes. You do have the choice of switching it off but for practice purposes you will be best to keep this box checked.

Start Bar and End Bar: There are bar numbers at the beginning of every stave of the music notation. You can Choose where you want to start by entering the appropriate bar number. The Beat Counter and the sound combination you have chosen will fade up one bar BEFORE your chosen bar. This will give you a ’count in’. There will be a fade down during the End Bar.

Repeat: By checking this box the section you have chosen will be repeated until you Stop. You can work your way through the whole song section by section with ANY combination of Menu Choices.

Volume Slider: This gives you some control of the Master Volume


Anyone of any age !

Anyone of any age who wants to start making music will find this App invaluable and really enjoyable.

eto is the most effective way of learning to read music……learn as you play note by note.

Learn and improve more quickly because you’ll want to practise more often.

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.

Start with one note and a great accompaniment.

The Beat Counter will show you where you are on the music page and keep you in time.

The sound of the recorder playing along with you will help keep you in tune.

When you are ready, switch off the sound of the recorder and become the soloist.

Practice at slower speeds and repeat any section of the music.

When you can play the one note go onto the next.

A proven method which gives you the experience of true music making right from the start.

The tunes are listed in the Main Menu and you are shown which notes are in each tune.

It’s so easy to use:


  • Tap the Note Buttons to bring up a diagram which shows where to place your fingers


  • Tap on a tune name when you are ready to practise.


  • Press Play to listen to the tune being played at the final tempo (speed)


  • Tap the – sign to lower the tempo.


  • Practise all the tune or section by section,
  • Increase your practice tempo when ready.


  • Go on to the next tune.



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. Here is a list of the tune titles and what notes each uses:

High CD Rock – C^, D^

Bing Bong – G, A, B, C^, 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, dD F#, G, A. B, C^, D

Giant Leaps – C^, D, D^, E, E^, G, G^

Jingle Bells – D, E, F#, G, A, B, C^, D^, E^, G^


Level 3 Recorder has 5 tunes. Here is a list of the tune titles and what notes each uses:


C# and D Polka – C#^, D^

Jac y Do – E, A, B, C#^, D^

Natural Beach – F, G

On the Beacxh – D, E, F, G, A, B

Flat Blues- G, A, Bb


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.


A whole class can also 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!

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 on 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.

Making Practise Fun !

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 always true…and eto Music Practice does everything it can to make sure that practising with our 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.

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:)

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

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 .


Other Instruments and Music Apps available from:  https://itunes.apple.com/gb/developer/webpractice/id624151291

These include Piano, Sax, Clarinet and Trumpet.

eto Ways to Optimize your music practice


eto Music Practice
It is so easy to use and the results are stunning.
A whole class can read from an Interactive White Board.
Smaller groups or individuals can practise on single workstations during a lesson at break or lunchtime.ALL pupils can practise at home on their own or family computers. There’s no need to buy sets of books. 30 Home Practice Licenses are included in the annual price.


eto Music Practice At Home
You can’t have your music teacher with you 24 hours a day and it’s not always practical to get other players together to practise with you.So eto Music Practice keeps you motivated; keeps you in time; helps keep you in tunes and you can have an accompaniment to work with 24/7..We are busy adding to our catalogue and if you have any requests for pieces that you want to practise please let us know.

How do I get eto Music Practice?
It’s simple.
Register, go to the shop, buy some music.
Go to the eto Practice Room and press play.
Alter the tempo, repeat a section,
add an accompaniment – you decide.
Practise until you are perfect
eto Music Practice is available for Schools as Classroom Packs. The price of each Classroom Pack includes licenses so that the pupils can practise at home using their own or family computers.
For those NOT associated with a school individual pieces can be bought for practising at home
First you need to Register for an account and create personal Login details.
You can then buy from our Secure Shop.


Piano Practice intermediate mix Apps

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 !
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.