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I’ve been many places over the years (digitally, not physically, because leaving the house is dangerous). I’ve seen what the internet has to offer in terms of sheet music sources, and it’s usually pretty messy. Sites charge unreasonable prices, sites are old and not well-maintained, you need several different sites to get all the categories you like, or they are difficult to navigate and look like they were made in the 90’s. Because nothing says “Retention” like the cringey tackiness of blocky UI. Continue reading “Virtual Sheet Music – The Best Sheet Music Source Online”
So here’s the skinny. There’s this app that has recently begun rising in popularity among android and apple users alike, known as Simply Piano, by JoyTunes. Catchy Names. It’s ambitions are as outrageous as it’s color scheme.
This app hopes to be the next Yousician, aiming to teach young aspiring pianists to read sheet music, and proper piano playing technique. It uses unconventional methods, stating that “It’s easier to learn when you’re having fun”. Rather than drill-and-kill memorization that has been popular for a few thousand years, it uses a modern scientific approach, which aims to keep things relevant with newer songs, making it easier for some to stay interested. Continue reading “Simply Piano Review –”
Throughout my mostly self-taught journey, across various instruments, I have found some patterns that are a lot less common than others (and haven’t been annoyingly overused. I’m looking at you, 1,5,6,4 (¬_¬) ). So grab your nearest chord-able instrument and let’s go. Sorry flautists. You’ll have to sit this one out. Continue reading “Some Interesting Chord Progressions”
This post is a continuation of my “Digitizing Sheet Music” theme that’s been going on. If you’d like maximum context, here’s the link to my first post in the series: Bluetooth Pedal Page Turners
iPad Music Stand Mounts – The Only Way To Do It
Reading sheet music from a tablet is so very convenient and efficient. No storing 3 foot high (or 1 meter, if you like it that way) stacks of paper cluttering your space, no strong wind catching your papers, and subsequently, your hopes and dreams of an outdoor performance, and blowing them far away never to be seen again. Oh, and not to mention you can turn the pages without taking your hands off the real action. Continue reading “iPad Music Stand Mounts – A Comparison and review”
If you already read my previous post about the idea and use of hands-off page turning devices, you’re probably thinking one of two things. “Cool, sign me up!” or “I have a sentimental attachment to my current form of page turning”.
As musicians, we’ve all been there, right? You’re playing along, you have your sheet music up on the stand. You try to get into it, to get a groove going, but you keep running into that pesky issue of having to stop, lean forward, turn the page, and start again. It’s really distracting, for you and the audience.
Must we really carry, store, and maintain all these paper scores? Let’s face it: paper is old. There is a better way.