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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


eto Practice Thoughts (Trumpet/ Cornet): Listening, tuning and breathing

  • The volume of your phone or Tablet my not be loud enough . Why not use  a set of headphones and just use one ‘ear’.
    Having said this you will find that you WILL hear the part you are practising if you play a wrong note….your mistake will be highlighted and stand out from the correct recorded performance.
  • It’s not only wrong notes that will stand out but also your tuning, your intonation.
    If you play out of tune you will notice it, so do your best to adjust.
  • A good way of practising in these cases is to practise slowly…even though you may be able to play the notes easily. Slower practice will allow you time to adjust your tuning and also strengths you embouchure muscles.
  • Breathing properly effects your tuning and sound. It’s worth viewing this 8 minute video explanation of ‘how to breathe’ as a trumpet player. It’s by the great Australian player James Morrison.
  • have fun with practise and see links to our current trumpet apps as below:

Links to Trumpet/ Cornet Apps Apps:

  1. Arban No. 1;iPad; iPhone;  Android Tablet…
  2. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/arban-study-no-1-advanced-trumpet-practice/id624151228?mt=8
  3. Arban Triple Tonguing;  iPad; iPhone
  4. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/arban-triple-tonguing-exercises-1-4/id1021099892?ls=1&mt=8
  5. Arban Double Tonguing;  iPad;
  6. Arban Slurs;  iPad
  7. Arban Single Tonguing;  iPad
  8. Carnival of Venice; iPad
  9. Solo from So What; Desktop; iPad
  10. Jazz Level 1; Desktop; iPad
  11. Arban No. 10; iPad

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!



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:


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 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…..



Who are you? Cenfyn Evans eto creator #musictechnology





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.



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.


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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

#Jazz #Trumpet #cornet practice #musiced #musictechnology



eto designs & publishes innovative #trumpet apps for the marching world & supports excellence in music education.

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:



#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: