This app is a guitar processing app that is just so amazing and fun! It is for Apple devices only. It works best on an iPod or iPhone that is attached to the guitar so that you can control the touch effects while you are playing! There are even some settings you can use for effects that are triggered by movements of the guitar. The website gives you an excellent overview of the app and what you need to use it with your guitar!
Many students have experienced unhelpful practicing, or as I like to call it "unpracticing." For most students, the only change they need to make is to just slow down. Slowing down can mean:
1. Taking a break from playing to think about their practice goal
2. Choosing a slower tempo so their mind can work on everything it needs to
3. Calming their mind so they can focus on the practice task
So much practice frustration melts away when the student is aware of these ways of slowing down! Realizing that things take whatever time they need to take is an important awareness not only for practicing, but for many other things in life.
Tonebridge is a collection of guitar effects used in specific songs and is available for iPad and Android devices. With a Guitar Connect Pro (or other similar device) you can plug your guitar directly into your device and play with those effects. Then you can look up the tab via Ultimate Guitar, and you can even have a YouTube video going in the corner and play with the artist. SO MUCH FUN!!!!
It is recital preparation time again at the studio and this year we are doing a "virtual rectial." Students will prepare their pieces and projects as usual. Then at their first few lessons of April we will have a recording session. Their videoed performance will be posted up somewhere (possibly YouTube or on our website) and their families and fellow students will be able to view their performances!
U Better Sing! is a really neat sight-singing app trainer. It is challenging enough for any singer to get something out of it, but accessible enough for younger students to enjoy. I don't typically teach voice, but one of my students is really motivated by singing, so we have been doing some voice lessons for the past 6 months.
This app is great. It uses a fun cartoon environment to teach the basics of solfege singing. The students earn and unlock new levels. There is a microphone input so the app can tell if you are matching pitch. There are also listening clips to make sure the student can hear what the notes will sounds like.
Jean Philippe Rameau was a French composer who wrote music for harpsichord and voice. This piece comes from his harpsichord works. The style is termed "Baroque" and is characterized by the ornaments such as trills (the quick notes moving back and forth). It is a fun song to play and would be a delight to play on a harpsichord as there is a different touch and feel that would complement the piece greatly.
About 3 years ago Ellie and I started to include a "Projects" portion in the recital. This would include any creative thing done by the student - arranging a song, composing a song, improvising a song, making a Garage Band original composition, arrangement of a song, etc. This year there are some new creative ideas from some of my percussion players I would like to share with you.