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How to Practise: Arban Triple Tonguing Exercises 1 to 4

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/arban-triple-tonguing-exercises-1-4/id1021099892?mt=8

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:

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/arban-triple-tonguing-exercises-1-4/id1021099892?mt=8

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!

 

 

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 Practice: Arban Characteristic Study No. 1

Available for iPad and iPhone at :

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/arban-study-no.-1-advanced/id624151228?mt=8

and now on android:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.com.wp.piano.arban1&hl=en

Or for Desktop: http://www.etomusicpractice.co.uk/shop/

This iconic study has been practised and helped to develop the technique of many thousands of brass players since the 1860s. Its part of what many call the Bible of Cornet and Trumpet Practice; the Arban Cornet Method. It appears on many examination syllabi.

I remember, many, many years ago playing it for my first audition for the National Youth Orchestra of Wales.. I was about 16 years of age and pleased with myself that i could play it quite quickly…somewhere around 90 beats a minute.

I was soon brought down to earth by the orchestra’s conductor …a very experienced and eminent conductor Clarence Raybould. Play it slowly he said …which I did…no slower…slower. Eventually he had me playing it t about 30 beats a minute.
At this speed it was far more of a test of stamina, breathe control, certainty of pitch and tone.
I learnt a hard but invaluable lesson which I’ve  never forgotten…the way to play fast is to play slow.
Indeed it probable had a great deal of influence on my thinking all these years later whilst developing eto Music Practice.

The App allows practice of the whole study in tempo increments of 10 beats a minute starting at 30 going all the way to 100.

You should aim to be able to play it all through totally correctly at the speed you choose to start practising.

The audio will help you hit the correct pitches and you will be helped to keep in time by the visual beat counter …as well as the audio.

In fact you will find that the audio helps most if you play a wrong note/ pitch. You will hear it …and you can correct yourself .

It is sensible to divide the study into bars or sections and set Repeat.

You could start very simply with:

  1. Tempo 30
  2. Start bar 1; End Bar 2
  3. Set Repeat
  4. You will see the Count In beats
  5. Play the two bars…the audio and Beat Counter will fade in bar 3
  6. The Count In will then automatically begin again
  7. You play these two bars until you can play them perfectly.
  8. When ready you could go to Start bar 3 End bar 4…then
  9. Start Bar 1; End Bar 4…when ready
  10. Start bar 5 End Bar 6…then Start Bar 1 ; End Bar 7

You may choose to build up your speed of playing before going on to the next bars/ section OR practise the whole of the Study at one tempo.

There is nothing wrong with…… and indeed a good argument….. for being able to play it ALL the way through at the slower speed speeds.

You would find that your stamina and pitch control will really develop using this method.

The worse thing to do is to push yourself on without being in total control of the notes at a particular tempo.

Don’t worry if it takes some time to be able to do this…there are no short cuts if you want to really control your playing.

To give you a taster, and for some fun, I’ve prepared some movie demos with the first two bars paying at 30 to 90 beats per minute. In the App you can set an automatic Repeat. The App also gives you the challenge of 100 bpm!.

Just replay the movies for practice if you wish…Enjoy, improve and test yourself….:)

Arban Characteristic Study No. 1 Bars 1 and 2 at 30 bpm.

 

Arban Characteristic Study No. 1 Bars 1 and 2 at 40 bpm.

 

Arban Characteristic Study No. 1 Bars 1 and 2 at 50 bpm.

 

Arban Characteristic Study No. 1 Bars 1 and 2 at 60 bpm.

Arban Characteristic Study No.1  Bars 1 and 2 at 70 bpm.

Arban Characteristic Study No.1 Bars 1 and 2 at 80 bpm.

Arban Characteristic Study No.1 Bars 1 and 2 at 90 bpm.

 

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/arban-study-no.-1-advanced/id624151228?mt=8

And now on android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.com.wp.piano.arban1&hl=en

Or desktop:

http://www.etomusicpractice.co.uk/shop/

 

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.

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!#

The eto RECORDER PRACTICE PACK

How to use our Apps for best practise

The three basic starter levels:

Level 1.

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/recorder-level-1-recorder/id959389734?mt=8

Level 2.

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/recorder-level-2-recorder/id961435765?mt=8

Level 3.

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/recorder-level-3-recorder/id961436971?mt=8

 

Level 2 & 3 Discount Bundle:

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app-bundle/recorder-level-2-3/id966134759?mt=8

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.

ENJOY!

 

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.

Teachers……

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 Music for Primary Schools

 

Teachers……A whole class can be taught in front of an Interactive Whiteboard in the Classroom.
Smaller groups or individuals can practise in front of a single computer at their own pace. Tell your pupils to Register and they can practise at home.

Parents: Really useful computer activity. Start on the Recorder, learn to read music in preparation for learning other instruments. What a start!
Level 1 includes 10 tunes.
The first tune B Happy introduces one note and has, like all the other tunes, an exciting accompaniment. New notes are introduced in tunes that follow
‘Pupils will learn and improve more quickly because they’ll want to practise more.
Each tune can be practised with or without a full accompaniment.
The sound of the Recorder can be heard which helps with keeping in tune and playing the correct rhythm.
A Real Time Beat Counter appears above the music notation to act as a conductor and helps with the timing of each note
Each tune can be practised at slower speeds.
Start and End bars can be chosen so that each tune can be practised bar by bar, section by section.
The speed of practise can be increased until the whole piece can be played perfectly.

This is a video of Alis during her second lesson. As you can see she is enjoying what she has achieved in just two lessons. The next step for her is to practise at home getting to the right tempo and in the next lesson she will move on to the next tune.

Recorder1      Recorder2

 

• Go to http://www.etomusicpractice.co.uk/shop/ for PC or Android Apps
•or for iPad versions :–https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app-bundle/recorder-level-1-2-3/id966131458?mt=8

How to practise: The Recorder Practice Apps

There are 3 Levels available for iPad :
Level 1; Level 2: Level 3
 or as a discounted bundle of all three.
Available only individually for Android Tablets from Google Play:
Level 1: Level 2: Level 3

Teachers..….A whole class can be taught in front of an Interactive Whiteboard in the Classroom.
Smaller groups or individuals can practise in front of a single computer at their own pace.
Individual pupils can buy the App to use on their Smartphones…and practise at home…
Parents: Really useful tablet activity.
Start on the Recorder, learn to read music in preparation for learning other instruments.
What a start!
Anyone who wants to learn to read music …whatever age
Buy or find a recorder or just clap or hit something to grasp how to read rhythm….

The first tune B Happy introduces one note and has, like all the other tunes, an exciting accompaniment.

Here’s is B Happy at the slowest speed …with a reminder of the note names…which can be switched off as soon as you feel they will remember the note name.

Tempi from 60 to 120 beats per minute can be chosen.

Level 1 includes 10 tunes. New notes are introduced in tunes that follow.

Each note has a clear fingering diagram.

 

‘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 reading from an iPad placed on her music stand. the smile when she finishes shows she is enjoying what she has achieved in just two lessons.
She’s gone through all 14 bars of B Happy and  from 60 to 80 beats per minute…and remembers what the note B looks like in the various ways it can be written to tell her how long to play each one.


The next step for her is to practise  getting to up to the suggested performance  tempo of 120 bpm…..and in the next lesson she will also move on to start the next tune.

Available Online for Whiteboard whole class teaching,  or on Android and on iTunes, see on the tablet apps tab:

http://www.etomusicpractice.co.uk/shop/