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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


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.


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.


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

Let us know what you think:


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…..



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.

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.


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.


  • 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.


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.


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

#HomeLearning and Music Learning Software #musiceducation #music


eto 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.

But eto Music Practice keeps you company and motivated; keeps you in time; helps keep you in tune and you can have an accompaniment to work with 24/7.

This way, when you do get together with other musicians or an accompanist you will be better prepared.

We are busy adding to our catalogue.
If you have any requests for pieces that you want to practise please let us know.

eto in the classroom

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 for schools.

see our full range of practice apps for pc or iTunes and android apps for tablet and phone. All the links are on our website shop page at:


11 Facts about Music Education #music #musiceducation #mused #musiced

With thanks to DoSomething.org and all Citation and Resources at the bottom of page:

  1. Children who study music tend to have larger vocabularies and more advanced reading skills than their peers who do not participate in music lessons.
  2. Children with learning disabilities or dyslexia who tend to lose focus with more noise could benefit greatly from music lessons.
  3. Music programs are constantly in danger of being cut from shrinking school budgets even though they’re proven to improve academics.
  4. Children who study a musical instrument are more likely to excel in all of their studies, work better in teams, have enhanced critical thinking skills, stay in school, and pursue further education.
  5. In the past, secondary students who participated in a music group at school reported the lowest lifetime and current use of all substances (tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs)
  1. Schools with music programs have an estimated 90.2% graduation rate and 93.9% attendance rate compared to schools without music education, which average 72.9% graduation and 84.9% attendance.
  2. Regardless of socioeconomic status or school district, students (3rd graders) who participate in high-quality music programs score higher on reading and spelling tests.
  3. A Stanford study shows that music engages areas of the brain which are involved with paying attention, making predictions and updating events in our memory.
  4. Much like expert technical skills, mastery in arts and humanities is closely correlated to a greater understanding of language components.
  5. Young children who take music lessons show different brain development and improved memory over the course of a year, compared to children who do not receive musical training.
  6. Schools that have music programs have an attendance rate of 93.3% compared to 84.9% in schools without music programs.


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  • 5VH1: Save the Music. “The Benefits of Music Education.” VH1: Save the Music. Accessed February 24, 2015. .
  • 6The National Association for Music Education. “Music Makes the Grade.” The National Association for Music Education. Accessed February 24, 2015.
  • 7Hille, Katrin, et al. “Associations between music education, intelligence, and spelling ability in elementary school.” Adv Cogn Psychol 7 (2011): 1–6. Web. Accessed February 24, 2015. .
  • 8Baker, Mitzi. “Music moves brain to pay attention, Stanford study finds.” Stanford Medicine. Accessed February 24, 2015.
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  • 11The National Association for Music Education. “Music Makes the Grade.” The National Association for Music Education. Accessed February 24, 20

The eto music practice apps for all levels and ages: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/developer/eto-music-practice-ltd/id624151291

The eto Music Learning Practice #music #musicdownloads #musiconline #freemusic

Our Music Practice Apps are specifically designed and produced to help all students of any age to begin to read learn practice and perform music. The Apps are available for Desktop, Android and iTunes Apple for both Tablets and Phone.

We welcome your suggestions for new content, instruments and feedback on how you use the eto music player practice system.

Our current content can be found here : https://itunes.apple.com/gb/developer/eto-music-practice-ltd/id624151291


Benefits of Music Education;

A Music education prepares students to learn

1. Enhances fine motor skills

2. Prepares the brain for achievement

3. Fosters superior working memory

4. Cultivates better thinking skills

B Music education facilitates student academic achievement

1. Improves recall and retention of verbal information

2. Advances math achievement

3. Boosts reading and English language arts (ELA) skills

4. Improves average SAT scores

C Music education develops the creative capacities for lifelong success

1. Sharpens student attentiveness

2. Strengthens perseverance

3. Equips students to be creative

4. Supports better study habits and self-esteem

Source: Arts Education Partnership http://www.aep-arts.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Music-Matters-Final.pdf


Eto Flipped Learning Music Practice #flipclass #flippedlearning #musiced

Flipped Learning

Hashtags: #FlipClass, #FlippedClassroom, #FlippedLearning, and #Flipped

We are all familiar with severe budget cuts in schools and community funding. This has mostly hit the Arts and Music sectors very hard.

The cost of private tuition in the meantime has had to keep pace with inflation and could prove too costly for many parents to maintain a regular weekly schedule.

One of the main key issues that the eto music practice player and content tries to address is that Learners can indeed practice in their own time. The #etomusicplayer provides valuable notation learning as well as a unique Beat Counter and the ability to control the practice tempi.

Many tutors will be familiar with their students attending each lesson just to practice, having not done so between each lesson. Our aim is to provide music practice that is accurate, professional but above all FUN !! Thus the student is progressing with each lesson and not just practising.

Eto works with musicians, schools, music publishers and Youth Bands and Orchestras to produce content that is suitable for their experience levels and requirements. We also produce vocal choir practice for individual clients.

The Eto music player is available for Desktop, tablet and phone versions across android and Apple ranges.

The current iTunes range of Eto’s own range is now being used in some 35 countries globally.


Flipping the Classroom originally a teaching approach that entails having students listen to online lectures at home so they can prepare for an upcoming lesson in which they implement their new knowledge through activities and discussions — that is, what would be homework in a typical classroom setup — at school.

Traditionally, flipped instruction meant teachers recorded lectures and students engaged with them at their own pace as homework.

Now with Eto we hope all music students of all levels and ages will benefit from our unique practice methods.

Robert Winter



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